You'll find much more than your grandmother's apple pie on the ninth annual Pie Social.
For instance, last year, chef Tamara Stanger, now of Cotton & Copper, dominated the competition, winning most creative, most memorable, people's choice, and best in show.
Her entry: a hibiscus vinegar pie. How did she even think of that?
Anyway, expect the unexpected when the area's best pie-makers gather on Sunday, November 4, at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix.
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Stanger will be back to defend her titles against bakers from Cartel Coffee Lab, Chico Malo, Copper Blues, The Dressing Room, Handlebar Diner, Match Restaurant & Lounge, Matilda’s Pastries by Design, Nocawich, Ollie Vaughn’s, Social Hall, and Welcome Chicken + Donuts.
Filling fans will also get to sample the flavors of amateur chef creations provided by the Arizona School for the Arts.
Bar Flies, the popular downtown Phoenix-based live storytelling series, will host a special presentation of Shoo Flies, the sister version of their narrative performance at Pie Social, according to a press release from the organizers. There will also be a live performance provided the The Nash, recognized by Downbeat magazine as one of the top jazz clubs in the country.
Pie Social 2018, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday November 4, at Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 West Culver Street; admission is free; tasting tickets are five for $15. Proceeds will benefit Roosevelt Row CDC.