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Too Much Of A Good Thing

You know that saying about not being able to have too much of a good thing? Well, I hate to burst any phrase-originating bubbles, but the thing is, it’s just not true. You can have too much of a good thing. I had too much pie, Saturday evening, thinking that simply wasn’t possible. I’m here today to report, it is. Oof.

That said, the ensuing feeling of gut-bustedness was completely, entirely, unequivocally worth it. We 3 Englishes headed to Barbara Swell‘s 10th Annual Retro Pie Contest, where the categories of pie on display were many, the creations were delicious, and the crowd was charming (and dressed in a variety of “retro” fashions; some gents attending the event took retro way, way back, donning 17th century attire for the event, which they coupled with historic pies).

At Barbara’s, we sampled from, and judged in, a variety of categories, including: frozen/custard/chiffon, “man pies”, chocolate, meat, historic, heirloom, fruit, berry, veggie, mini pies, special diet (gluten-free, raw, etc.), and more. I was a judge for both crusts and the frozen/custard/chiffon categories (and seriously fell in love with a Southern Frozen Peanut Butter Pie that I could have eaten all by myself and a stunning, intriguing, and highly delicious Balsamic Peach Pie with Fennel Pollen and Rosemary Mascarpone), while Hubs opined over the mini pies.

The prize table was laden with treats Barbara had amassed, and included a copy of A Year of Pies, bestowed onto the winner of the “Crusts” category. My Triple Berry Lattice Pie, entered in the “Berry” category, tied first place with another lovely berry pie. Huxley loved having pie for dinner (I mean, why wouldn’t he?) and made a little crew of buddies at the event (Isabella, shown in the hammock above, was particularly smitten with him; right after that photo was taken, she began examining his right knee, which he’d just fallen on and skinned, assuring him it would be alright).

Proceeds from the event benefited Slow Food Asheville projects. Gorging on pie, making new friends, and supporting a just cause was an ideal way to spend a mid summer’s night. I can’t wait to do it all over again next year.

 

13 Responses to Too Much Of A Good Thing

  • Your pie was beautiful. It’s the recipe I’m going to try for my cookbook review.

    Katy

    And BTW, poor Huxley. Although he seems to have made a full recovery.

  • What a lovely event.

  • Anna says:

    Wow! That is a lot of pie. They look amazing and are inspiring me to bake a pie soon. It looks like a really fun event although I can imagine how easy it would be too eat too much of a good thing.

  • EcoGrrl says:

    I *love* the Sun motif – how cool! And I can’t believe how BIG Huxley is! Time flies. All looks soooo tasty…I’m inspired :) – Aimee

  • greyson says:

    Gorgeous!! Love the aprons? Are they handcrafted locally?

  • Annie says:

    Wonderful pictures! I missed the pie party this year for the first time since 2006, but I would always get stuffed to the point that I was seriously uncomfortable. It’s worth it, though!

  • Wow! That looks like so much fun! And that balsamic pie sounds amazing!

  • jen says:

    So my question is: how does one score an invitation to this event? It sounds awesome!

    My other comment is that I hosted a pie party on Sunday afternoon and can agree with your statement about pie overload. We only had 7 pies to choose from, but the belly ache I had Sunday night swore I had more. :) I actually made your triple berry pie on Sunday and it was a definite crowd pleaser. SO delicious and so beautiful, even though I need to perfect my pie crust skills.

  • Jenn says:

    Everything looks lovely, and that balsamic peach pie sounds absolutely wonderful! I have to admit, though, that I kind of hate the thought that there could ever be such a thing as too much pie. I think I might have to go make some for myself now…

  • indio says:

    What a great idea for a theme party! It looks like so much fun. I’m going to have to try it out.

  • David Lynch says:

    Being gluten intolerant, it was a bit challenging attending this event. But though I was restricted to sampling from the gluten-free table, I still walked away quite satisfied by the scrumptious entries there.

    I would have liked to have been able to sample everything, but I avoided the after-effects of overindulgence, so my dietary restrictions may have saved me somewhat!

  • Barb says:

    Looks like so much fun! The pies are amazing. I love the picture with the aprons on the line. I think I’m going to make the jam that your made last year in Minnesota! It was delish!