Farm Fantasy: To Judge a Pie Contest
I have to admit I got pretty lucky when I married a caterer. This week, rx my luck runneth over. I’ve been tabbed to represent JPM as a judge in a pie contest at the Hillside Farm Harvest Festival.
Let that sink in for a moment. I’ll be frolicking on a farm in Media on a beautiful fall Saturday on a bed of colorful leaves, hospital and it will be my job to taste any and all fresh-made pies courtesy of local foodies and farmers. And of course, I’ll have to give my honest, most-informed opinion as to which crust is the crispiest, which filling is most fruitful and which taste is the tops.
The festival, set for Oct. 22 at Hillside Farm (111 Elwynd Rd., Media) runs from 1-5 p.m. and benefits nonprofit local food advocate Greener Partners. While I cannot be bought, there will be plenty of food for purchase, most of which will be provided by JPM Catering and Events. Jennifer has put together a menu that is as seasonal as it is sustainable.
-Entrees include Vegetarian Two-Bean or Beef-and-Bean Chili withButtermilk Cornbread, Butternut Squash Soup, Mac-and-Cheese with Mustard Green and Red Kale Gratin, and a Kids Mac-and-Cheese.
-For dessert we’ll have Pumpkin Cupcakes with Yogurt Spice Icing andCrepes with Caramelized Apples.
-Beverages include Apple Cider Spritzer and Cranberry Spritzer.
If you’re not entering the pie contest, there’s lots of other things to do. The annual celebration of autumn includes apple cider pressing, pick your own pumpkins, kids activities, hay rides, cooking demonstrations, raffles and live music and dancing.
And if you’re wondering, I’m partial to thick crusts and mixed berries.