Summer has officially started, and the Fayetteville Pie Company wants to ensure everyone is making the most of it.
Their event calendar is undoubtedly full for this month, with exciting new events involving plenty of delicious pie.
The first big event will be an Apple Pie Baking Contest on July 16. People can bake two apple pies and bring them in to be judged by other bakers, community members and people who love food.
The new co-owners of Fayetteville Pie Company, Kerry and Jennifer Washburn, were inspired to hold their pie contest after judging for the MacPherson House Pecan Pie contest.
“We were judges in their contest last November, and we were just thinking of events that we wanted to start offering with our space, and I had the thought that apple pie is really popular,” Jennifer told Up & Coming Weekly. “So we reached out to Katy [Stevick] with MacPherson House and started comparing notes and figuring out how we can kind of start working together, and we may work together.”
But the fun doesn’t stop with baking the pies.
People can buy tickets to taste and even judge the pies too. Each $30 tasting ticket includes two three-inch savory cutie pies, a beverage of choice, and the opportunity to taste ten apple pies.
“The judges are going to vote and reward prizes for the best traditional and the best nontraditional [pies]. And then we’re going to do our best overall, which is going to be a combination of the judges’ votes, plus all the people that buy tickets to come to the event will have a chance to vote on their favorite pie, and that’ll determine the grand prize winner,” Kerry said.
The grand prize winner will receive a two-hour private party rental with a pie bar for 20 guests.
To enter the baking portion of the pie contest, email email@example.com with your name, phone number and the name of your apple pie. Only 10 people will be allowed to enter the contest.
Apple pies must be dropped off by 2 p.m. on July 16. Judging will start at 3 p.m. and end at 5 p.m.
There will be a total of five judges. Those judges will include the chefs from Fayetteville Pie Company and representatives from MacPherson House, Sweet Tea Shakespeare and Coffee Roasters.
Bakers entering the contest will receive a complimentary tasting ticket and be able to taste their competitor’s pie and even vote for their favorite.
Those who buy a tasting ticket will arrive at 5 p.m. and will be able to taste the pies until 7 p.m. They then can vote for their favorite pie. Tickets are available at https://bit.ly/3xJOWNc.
The next big event at the pie shop will be a pop-up market that will be entirely Christmas-themed. Christmas and holiday pies will be available for sale, while the upstairs portion of the restaurant will hold several vendors.
“Eight vendors selling anywhere from tea to glass, jewelry, all sorts of things that you might want to check out,” Jennifer said. “Celebrating the halfway mark until Christmas.”
The vendors will be Nature’s Cup, Scentsy, Nellement, KnotEM Macrame, Maven Haven Creations, StephAllyn Designs, Crochet items and Dual Designs.
This free event will be held on July 23, kick-off at 11 a.m. and end when the restaurant closes at 3 p.m.
The last event closing out the month will be a Wine and Pie Pairing. The Washburns were inspired to create this event after working with Bright Light Brewing Company for a Beer and Pie pairing event this past December.
Event-goers will get to pair three wines with two savory and one sweet cutie pie.
After the tasting, participants can receive a glass of their favorite wine from the pairing. Outside the tasting and pairing, a photography gallery from Michael Hine and live music by saxophone player Dominic Hunter have been organized to entertain.
This event will take place on July 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $25 at https://bit.ly/3bbnhxd. If the event does well, Jennifer Washburn says they may continue the pairing events.
“We may do different drinks like Beer and Pie or Coffee and Pie in the future.”
These special events are just a start for the Fayetteville Pie Company. The Washburns hope to continue ticketed and special events throughout the year.
“We’re trying to get to where we have events going on pretty much every week is what we’re building up to, whether it be music or trivia or we do music bingo once a month,” Kerry said.
“We’re going to start having live music with brunch every Sunday. So we’re working to get artists lined up for that. And that all could become a normal thing where with our Sunday brunches, we have live music.”
The Fayetteville Pie Company will announce any new and upcoming events on their Facebook page and website, www.fayettevillepiecompany.com.