Pie, Oh Pie... It's the APC Great American Pie Festival and APC National Pie Championships in Celebration, Fla. Sponsored by Crisco® April 27-29, 2012

On April 28 and 29, 2012, pie lovers, tasters and bakers will gather in Celebration, Fla., for two very sweet days at the APC Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco®.  Now in its eleventh year, this pie extravaganza dishes up luscious layers of fun for the young and the young at heart.  Whether looking to enjoy some of the most delectable desserts in America or simply partake in one of the many entertainment and baking demonstrations staged along Main Street in one of America’s most charming small towns, attendees are sure to enjoy pure pie perfection.

From top crust to two crust, juicy to sweet, chocolate to custard all matter of flavors and fillings will flow forth for two full days in April to the delight of an anticipated 32,000 pie lovers from around the world, last year featuring 87,000 slices of pie!

Presented by the American Pie Council® (APC) – an organization dedicated to preserving America’s pie heritage – the popular free festival returns to Celebration with all the activities that have made it a favorite event for families.

On the same pie-filled weekend, the 18th Annual APC/Crisco National Pie Championships will take place in Central Florida, April 27-29, 2012. Pies are judged on Appearance, Flavor, Crust, Mouthfeel, Overall Taste, Overall Impression and Originality in numerous categories. Together with Crisco, the APC has grown this event to almost 1000 pie entries each year.  Anyone – from amateurs to professional chefs to commercial bakeries -- can enter, but only the best pies will win.

Originally the Great American Pie Festival was held in conjunction with the National Pie Championships as a result of the commercial entrants having to bake two pies for every pie they entered, one for a display table and one to judge. It seemed a shame to have the display table pies just sit, so a pie buffet was created, so everyone, not just the judges, could enjoy the pie.  This quickly became so popular that it was requested that commercial bakers bring pies just for the pie buffet. Other activities at the Great American Pie Festival taking place along side the Never Ending Pie Buffet include baking demonstrations, an entertainment stage, a pie making booth, and of course, a pie eating contest!

Entry forms for the APC/Crisco National Pie Championships are available online for junior, amateur, professional and commercial divisions.  Entry costs are free for juniors and $15 for amateurs. APC members receive discounts on entries.

Don't bake? Be a judge! For details, to become a member of the APC or to register to judge or participate in the championships, visit or contact Linda Hoskins, Executive Director, APC, at

YaYa's Eggplant Fries


  • 1 eggplant (cut into 2 x 12 pieces)
  • 34 cup all purpose flour
  • 12 teaspoon salt (fine)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 cups Progresso bread crumbs, seasoned
  • 4 cups canola oil (for frying)
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Tabasco


  • Cut eggplant into fries, place into flour, in a mixing bowl mix milk and eggs and whisk.
  • Place eggplant into egg wash and then transfer to bread crumb mixture.
  • In a small frying pot, heat oil to 350 degrees fry the breaded eggplant until golden brown.
  • Transfer eggplant to a plate lined with paper towels and drain excess oil.
  • Transfer to a plate and generously coat with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar.
  • In a small bowl mix the remaining 2 tablespoons powdered sugar with Tabasco together, serve on the side in a ramekin.

Chef Kevin Rathbun has three restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia: Krog Bar, Rathbun's, and Kevin Rathbun Steak