Apple Pie Contest

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)

Event Details

Join us for the Chelmsford Friends of the Library's Annual Apple Pie Contest at the Main Library!

  • Pre-register online
  • Prepare a printed copy of your recipe to submit with the pie, or submit your recipe in advance via email to Jessica at
  • Bring pies by 1:30 p.m.
  • Judging will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Winners will be announced following the judging with ribbons and prizes awarded.
  • All pies are to be homemade, with a homemade double crust.
  • Filling is to be just apples (no raisins, cranberries, etc). 
  • Recipe must include the type of apple(s) used.
The general public will then be invited to feast on apple pie, donuts, and apple cider. (You do not have to enter to come.)

About the Judges:

Chris Morris is the Boston Globe's Food and Travel Editor, in charge of the Sunday Travel and Wednesday Food sections -- the perfect job for someone who loves to read, travel, and eat. Morris could chow down on roasted vegetables all day long but also has a serious sweet tooth and fondness for Mexican food (and, OK, margaritas). She hesitates to call what she does “work”; she’s pretty sure she has the best job at the paper, laughing as travel writer Christopher Muther recounts his adventures and dreaming of her next meal, inspired by food writer Devra First. She and her husband, Hans, an arts editor at the Globe, have two kids, Harper, 10, who will eat anything, and Theo, 5, who won't.

Lynne Donnelly runs Bittersweet Bake Shoppe in Tyngsborough where you can get delicately decorated cakes for all occasions, sweet and savory pies, as well as cookies and other baked goods.  She taught herself cake decorating when she was a teenager, and had maintained baking as a hobby/side job for a long time before opening the shop in 2005.

Andrea Grant has been a children's librarian at the Chelmsford Library for 20 years. She runs the Bibliobites culinary book group and is a recipe tester for Cook's Illustrated. She also owns a miniature apple orchard and can't wait to try out this year's pies!

Lisa Daigle has been writing and editing on the subjects of food, technology, and education since Julia Child was alive, storage was measured in bytes, and classrooms had chalkboards. Her editorial past includes such ventures as Open, Computer Design, and Local Food Journal; while her present consists of writing about local breweries and the connection to theircommunities. She recently learned the right way to eat an oyster (ice-cold, no sauce) and is trying to recreate a killer turkey-leg confit she ordered last year from a food truck. Lisa believes in the existence of the serial comma, likes Roman ruins that you can go up to and touch, and willingly admits that she'd rather have a birthday pie than a birthday cake. (Take a hint, family...)

Event Type(s): Library Programs, Cooking and baking
(978) 256-5521 ext. 1115

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