Pie fight! More than 40 compete in Bethesda contest.


More than 40 participants, both children and adults, will try to impress the judges in the third annual Bake Bethesda a Pie Contest. (Central Farm Markets)

Judging for the third annual contest will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Bethesda Central Farm Market at 7600 Arlington Blvd. at Old Georgetown Road. The winners in two categories — adults 18 and older, children 8 to 17 — will receive gift certificates, among other prizes. All of the participants are amateurs.

While winning may be important, the real goal here is raising funds for the Manna Food Center, the main food bank for Montgomery County. So how does a farmers market generate funds?

Two ways, both delicious.

One: You can enter a pie in the contest, assuming you don’t work professionally as a baker. Each pie entered requires a $5 donation to Manna. If you’re interested in participating, e-mail Debra Moser at debramoser09@gmail.com. But hurry: The deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Two: You can also come to the market on Sunday and taste all the pies entered into the contest. It’ll cost you only a donation.

“People can eat as much pie until it’s gone, and that’s a riot,” says Mitch Berliner, co-founder of Central Farm Markets. A simple donation, he adds, allows you to eat all the pie you possibly can. Last year, the pie-eating portion raised about $500.

The judges for this year’s contest include Joseph Poupon, owner of Patisserie Poupon, and Carole Sugarman, food editor of Bethesda magazine .

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.

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