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In celebration of National Pie Day the community of Cherokee Village announces it will host Arkansas’s annual statewide Pie Festival on April 18, 2020.
Pie is one of the most beloved Southern foods. It is connected to some of our most nostalgic memories of home, family, holidays and those special moments around the kitchen table. Simply put – who doesn’t love pie?
The Arkansas Pie Festival, returning to Cherokee Village in April, will savor this much-loved food by hosting a competition between 20 professional pie makers from around the state. The one-day event will commence at 10 am and end at 4 pm at the Town Center complex. Judges and attendees will be able to sample pies of all varieties before crowning a champion baker. Pies from home chef and student bakers will also be on display and auctioned off for charity.
In addition to pie tasting, festival-goers will enjoy live music, food trucks, pie eating and throwing contests, shopping at the Arkansas Pie Pop-up Shop and have the opportunity to meet Miss Arkansas 2019 Darynne Dahlem.
Kat Robinson, Arkansas travel writing and leading authority on pie, serves as Festival Co-Chair. Kat has written the book on Arkansas Pie, A Delicious Slice of the Natural State, and recently released a second edition, Another Slice of Arkansas Pie. In 2018, AETN premiered the documentary “Make Room For Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State” telling Kat’s story of crisscrossing the state in search of Arkansas’s best pies. Kat will be available to sign her guide and other Arkansas food-related books.
Launched in 2019 with the mission to support Arkansas businesses, promote tourism and increase access to STEAM learning, the festival saw more than 750 visitors in its first year. Thanks to the event’s success, the Arkansas Pie Festival is currently a finalist for the Bootstrap Award as part of the Excellence in Arkansas Tourism Henry Awards. It is also a finalist for a 2019 Arkansas Festivals & Events Association (AFEA) Award.
Ticket sales will be available on-line starting January 23. Festival proceeds will support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programming and education through the community’s Spring River Innovation Hub.
Visit www.arkansaspiefestival.com to learn more about the festival including how to become a contestant or event sponsor.