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Little Bites: Savory Beats Sweet at Fall Festival Pie Baking Contest 

In a crazy turn of events, a pork shoulder pie beat traditional sweet pies to win the grand prize at the Fall Festival pie baking contest. The competition was open to homebakers, with 13 adults and seven children submitting pies.

Meat pies are quite popular in the U.K. and Australia but in the U.S., not so much. Usually you can only find chicken pot pies. The mastermind behind that exquisite pork shoulder pie is Amanda Upton, a 21-year-old who works at Savory Spice Shop.

Upton said she didn't think she would win because she wasn't sure she'd make it on time, because her pie was taking a while to bake. Why savory? She said it was the first thing she thought of. She practiced several different pies, first considering chicken and kale, then settling on pulled pork. Her award-winning pie was made from a crust recipe she found online and a filling she came up with. That delicious filling included pork shoulder, celery, peas, carrots, onions, potatoes, beef broth and spices. I asked her how she kept her pie from developing the dreaded soggy bottom. Upton's baking secret was adding an egg wash over the crust and baking it for five minutes before adding the filling. What a brilliant idea!

Upton loves cooking and is interested in a career in the food industry... maybe in a restaurant or bakery since she loves making pastry. That pie contest win is a great start.

Fall Festival Pie Contest Winners

Fruit Category

Engel, vanilla cardamom pear pie

Welch, apple pie

Landburgh, peach pie

Other Category

Upton, pork shoulder pie —›

Kogan, key lime pie

Swearlingen, creme brûlée pie

Kid Category (17 & under)

E. Miller,; pumpkin pie

H. Miller, apple pie

Tie: O. Miller, strawberry rhubarb pie; Owen, banana cream pie

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