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Sept. 2, 2011 (Julian) – Think your homemade apple pie recipe rivals the renowned pies of Julian? The Julian Woman’s Club says, “The proof is in the pastry!”


The aroma of freshly baked apple pie will fill the air during the Julian Apple Days Pie Contest, Friday, September 30. The contest is free and open to all amateur bakers in the region.


“It’s the perfect way to celebrate the apple harvest in keeping with Julian’s nostalgic, small town atmosphere,” said contest chairwoman Diana Garrett.


The first prize winner will receive $300. Second prize is $200 and third prize is $100. The judges, selected from local bakeries and restaurants, include Liz Smothers, owner of the Julian Pie Company; Chef Charles Scott of the Candied Apple Pastry Company; Chef Jeremy Manley of Jeremy’s on the Hill restaurant; and Barry Brunye of Dudley’s Famous Bakery. Honorable mention and commemorative participation ribbons will also be awarded.


Pieces of the contestants’ pies will be sold by the Julian Woman’s Club at the Apple Days Festival, which runs from Saturday, October 1, to Sunday, October 2, at the Menghini Winery. All proceeds from the sales will benefit charities supported by the Woman’s Club.


Winners will be notified by phone and are requested to be present for the prize presentation to be held at the Apple Days Festival on Saturday, October 1.


Entries must be homemade apple pies, baked from scratch, and may contain berries, peaches or other fruits. The recipe and all ingredients must be listed with the entry application. All pies should be brought in disposable containers, as they will not be returned.

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