If I don’t live in Hyde Park, can I still participate?

Absolutely! Anyone who likes to bake and wants to share their creation with the community is welcome to enter their pie in the Challenge. Whether you live on the South Side, in the Loop, or on the North Side – we want you to bring your pies and join us!


Is this event kid friendly?
Sure! The South Side Pie Challenge is a fun community event for all ages.

How do I get my pie to you?
Just deliver TWO IDENTICAL PIES in disposable pie pans (we cannot promise we can return pie pans, so plan accordingly), to the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Avenue between 10 am and 11 am on November 4, 2017. Check in with our volunteers and pick up your official South Side Pie Challenge Contestant name tag at the time of pie drop-off.

Why do I need to submit 2 pies?
We need 2 pies from each contestant because one will be used for judging and one for serving to the public. The pie that the judges will taste will also be evaluated for its appearance as a whole pie. The second pie will be sliced to sell at $3 a slice.

Is this a pie eating contest?
No, it’s pie baking contest open to all bakers.  But pie eating will be happening as well, so even if you don’t want to bake, come down to taste delicious pies entered in the Challenge.  All pies will be sold to the public at $3 per slice.

Should the competition pie be warm or refrigerated?
This is up to each baker. Just keep in mind that we have no way to heat up or refrigerate the pies, so all pies will be served at room temperature.

Why do the pies have to be baked in disposable pans?
Because we cannot guarantee returning anyone’s pan to them after the event.  We suggest aluminum/disposable pans for ease of handling.  But if you don’t mind losing your pan, you are welcome to bake your pie in a any kind of pan you wish. Just don’t count on getting the pan back.

Why do I need to pay an entry fee?
We wanted to have a fun community event that would also raise money for a good cause. Registration fees and money from the sale of the pies are staying in the community.  All proceeds from the South Side Pie Challenge will be donated to the Hyde Park & Kenwood Hunger Programs to help fight hunger.  So, after we cover the event expenses (such as prizes, for example), all the remaining money will go to the Hunger Programs.  Entry fees help make this event possible!  Thank you!

What if I have food allergies? 
This event is open to all kinds of pies – there are no ingredient restrictions.  The pies may contain various possible allergy-causing food items, such as nuts or eggs or dairy.  We cannot be responsible for individual allergy problems.  People with food allergies are encouraged to use their own judgement when purchasing a slice of pie.

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