By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Sep 24, 2021 at 11:01 AM

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 sixth year for the competition, which takes place Oct. 9, with winners announced at 3 p.m. (during the Beet Street Festival).

The contest is open to both amateur and professional pie makers of all ages who are encouraged to enter their very best pie(s) for consideration. Winners of the competition will qualify for cool prizes, as well as 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 can be entered in three categories: 1) Best pie with Wisconsin ingredients; 2) Best classic apple pie; 3) Best chocolate pie 
  2. Pies must be made from scratch. Contestants must make their own fillings, crusts, etc.
  3. Pie entries may only be dessert pies. No savory pies are allowed (for example: no pot pies, quiches, meat pie, etc.)
  4. More than one pie can be entered; but a separate entry form is required for each pie
  5. Recipes cannot include peanuts (Honeypie is a peanut-free bakeshop).
  6. The person entering the pies in the competition must be the person who made the pies. 

All entrants must register for the contest online before 10 a.m. CST on Oct. 9, 2021. Pies must be dropped off at Palomino, 2491 S Superior St.,  between 10 a.m. and noon on Oct. 9

Additional details, rules and judging criteria are available online.

Judging and prizes

Each pie will be judged by Honeypie Bakeshop and six community partners.

  • Best in Show/Grand Prize: Best In Show ribbon, hand screen-printed event poster, rolling pin from Camino Woodshop, $150 gift certificate to Pie Inc.
  • First Prize (each category): First Place ribbon, hand screen-printed event poster, $75 gift certificate to Pie Inc.
  • Second Prize (each category): Second Place ribbon, hand screen-printed event poster, $50 gift certificate to Pie Inc.
  • Third Prize (each category): Third Place Ribbon, hand screen-printed event poster, $25 gift certificate to Pie Inc.

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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.