Chelmsford Library’s Annual Apple Pie Contest is here!

Do you make the best double crust in town? Do butter and brown sugar blend with the cinnamon and Cortlands so that each bite of your pie evokes the most perfect crisp fall day? Do you sometimes entertain thoughts of quitting your day job and baking for the rest of your life? Well, now’s your chance to show everyone what’s in your oven – enter our annual apple pie contest!
Here are the rules: Pies are to be homemade, with that famous homemade double crust. Filling is to be just apples (no raisins, cranberries, etc.) and the recipe must include the type of apple(s) used a.k.a. your winning combination! Contestants must pre-register online and prepare a printed copy of your recipe to submit with the pie, or submit your recipe in advance via email to Jessica at Pies must be brought to the library on the day of the contest (Sunday November 5) by 1:30 pm for judging.
And not to put too much pressure on the situation, but our judges this year are some of the most knowledgeable around, including Candy Liu, owner and manager of the Java Room in Chelmsford; Jennifer Gryckiewicz of Sugar Coated Bakery in Dracut, MA; Kathy Munro, Food Service Director at the Senior Center in Chelmsford; and Andrea Grant, Chelmsford librarian and our resident cooking and baking expert (read some of her food writing here.) It’ll be a tough job, but they are up for the challenge!
So find your favorite pie dish and start perfecting your recipe because the contest is just 2 weeks away. Teens are encouraged to enter too if they are interested, or maybe it could be an inter-generational project! Entry is free so go to to review the rules and enter today.
Pie lovers are welcome to come and feast on the hard work of others once the judging is complete, beginning around 2:30 pm. Visit for contest times and details.