By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Oct 13, 2020 at 1:21 PM

It’s time, once again, for The Great Midwestern Pie Championship, the annual pie competition hosted by Honeypie Cafe that seeks to zero in on the best pie makers in the area.

It’s the fifth year for the competition, which despite current events (read: the global pandemic), will still take place, albeit in a virtual fashion.

The contest is open to both amateur and professional pie makers of all ages who are encouraged to enter their very best pie for consideration. Winners of the competition will qualify for numerous prizes, a chance to be featured as the Pie of the Month at Honeypie Cafe and bragging rights that will make you the envy of all of your best pie-loving friends.

Does your pie qualify?

Bakers are allowed to enter any amazing pie (or more than one). However, the following rules apply. 

  1. Pies must be made from scratch. Contestants must make their own fillings, crusts, etc.
  2. Pie entries may only be dessert pies. No savory pies are allowed (for example: no pot pies, quiches, meat pie, etc.)
  3. Pie recipes must be for a standard 9-10” pie pan (no hand pies, slab pies, pie pops, etc).
  4. Recipes cannot include peanuts (Honeypie is a peanut-free bakeshop).
  5. Pie recipes should be written in clear detail and with clear steps. Measurements in recipes may
  6. be in weight or standard volume measurements (i.e. cups, teaspoons).
  7. The person entering the pies in the competition must be the person who made the pies. All ages are welcome to enter! “Family” made pie entries are also accepted.

To enter, bakers must create their favorite pie at home, take gorgeous photos of it, and submit it for consideration. Entries must include:

  • A photo of the pie
  • The story behind why it is your favorite
  • The recipe
  • Name and contact information

Your pie will be entered into one of two divisions, Milwaukee or Chicago, based on where you live (or which Honeypie location you’d like gift certificates for if you should win). 

All entrants must register for the contest online before 11:59 p.m. CST on Oct. 30, 2020. Additional details, rules and judging criteria are available online.

Judging and prizes

After the entry period closes, the bakeshop teams from Honeypie Chicago and Milwaukee will  blind judge the recipe entries for their respective divisions. Six of the best recipes wil be selected and baked by Honeypie staff. 

Slices of each pie will then be distributed to community judging teams (six teams with three judges each) on Nov. 6 for the second and final round of blind judging. Winners will be contacted via email and announced on the Honeypie web sites, social channels and in the Honeypie newsletters on Nov. 8.

  • First place: $100 Honeypie gift card and Pie Championship Ribbon
  • Second place: $50 Honeypie gift card and Pie Championship Ribbon
  • Third place: $25 Honeypie gift card and Pie Championship Ribbon
  • Prettiest Pie/Best Design: $25 Honeypie gift card and Pie Championship Ribbon
  • Best Pie Story: $25 Honeypie gift card and Pie Championship Ribbon

Winners will also be featured as a Honeypie Pie of the Month for the months of January, February and March in 2021.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.