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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/06/2012

Apple pie, diplomatically interpreted

The eagle has landed: Belgium’s tart won the State Department’s first Fourth of July apple pie contest among foreign nations. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
As predicted, not too many of 15 global takes on all-American apple pies at the State Department’s Fourth of July celebration on Wednesday evening actually looked like pies. Once the trio of judges’ marks for appearance, taste and creativity had been tallied, Belgium’s fruity eagle on a patriotic background landed in the No. 1 spot.

In our preview of the event, we copped to being curious about what Libya’s entry was going to look like, so we’ve saved it for near the end.

Check out the other winners and also-rans, after the jump.

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
Second place: The United Kingdom’s effort, with a properly handsome topper.

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Third place: Hungary offered individual portions with pastry stars.

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Lithuania: Mini-pies with chocolate bits.

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Slovenia: Strudel-like slices.

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Afghanistan: A bit of green (pistachio?) on top.

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Turkey: Attention to slicing was paid.

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Azerbaijan: Baklava treatment.

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Macedonia: Apples are in there, somewhere.

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Italy: Perhaps it tasted better than it looked?

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Libya: Ringed with dates and nuts.

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Germany: The decoration proved to be a bit of a spoiler for a blind tasting.

Further reading:

Summit for protocol officials aims to prevent gaffes heard ’round the globe

The State Department, apple pie and July 4th

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