Bennington’s Battle of the Pies Returns!
If you love baking or eating apple pie, then you are in for a treat! As part of this year’s Battle of Bennington celebrations, the Bennington Fire Department and the Ormsby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, with support from the Bennington Regional Chamber of Commerce, have joined forces to present the second annual Battle of the Pies. This baking contest is both an opportunity to test your pie-making skills and compete to win a cash prize, or simply an opportunity for you to eat apple pie to your heart’s content.
Did you know that apples are the official state fruit? Even better, in 1991 Vermont made apple pie its official state pie! The legislation also specifies that “When serving apple pie in Vermont, a good faith effort shall be made to meet one or more of the following conditions: (a) with a glass of cold milk, (b) with a slice of cheddar cheese weighing a minimum of a half ounce, (c) with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.”
To register to compete in the baking contest, go to bennington.com/battleday and scroll to the bottom of the page to download your pie entry form. A $5 donation is requested, with all proceeds to benefit the Bennington Fire Department and the Daughters of the American Revolution, Ormsby Chapter.
The registration deadline is August 1. The Battle of the Pies will be held at 423 Main Street in downtown Bennington on Saturday, August 17. Bakers can bring their pies between 3 and 4 p.m. for the competition. After each pie is judged, slices will be available for sale, with a choice of milk, ice cream or cheddar cheese. During the judging, attendees can test their knowledge of local history with a Trivia Quiz and the chance to win prizes. The Battle of the Pies continues the next day with the contest winners marching in the parade – if they wish. Slices of pie will continue to be sold at that same location from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until it runs out.
A Bennington Battle History Center will also be set up at the Battle of the Pies during Saturday’s event. A number of information stations about the battle will be set up, and the assistant director of the Bennington Battlefield, David Pitlyk, along with Battlefield interpreter Bob Hoar will be on hand to discuss the Battle and answer any questions interested folks may have.