Charlottesville Pie Fest – Crozet Mudhouse

Cross-posted at RealCrozetVA.

You may remember the original, spontaneous Pie Down from earlier this year.

What does this have to do with Charlottesville real estate? Nothing at all, other than to highlight something that I think is really quite cool, and representative of the people and community we have here in Charlottesville.

What started on Twitter led to dozens of people crammed into the Mudhouse on the Downtown Mall … talking, laughing, having a good time — all due to pie.

Now, the Pie Down has grown to become bigger, badder and better – proceeds benefiting PACEM.

What’s a Pie Down? Other than a community and Twitter-driven opportunity to get together and eat pie, it’s an example of social media being just that – social – as well as good for the Charlottesville and Crozet communities.

And one of the beautiful things about this? We’re not alone (and I’d love to see more examples from around the country) – One example – the Austin Cupcake Smackdown. There’s nothing wrong with examples of people doing good for no reason other than just that – doing good.

Take a look at the photos to the right from the original Charlottesville Pie Down –

Before you go to the Crozet Music Festival, stop by the Pie Fest!

Celebration of pie and community will benefit PACEM

WHAT:             The first-ever C’ville Pie Fest, a celebration of pie and community, will present a multiple-baker pie competition, musical entertainment from The Honey Dewdrops and a silent pie auction to benefit PACEM, the area’s winter homeless shelter.

WHO:               Judges for the pie competition include Charlottesville notables:

§         Coy Barefoot, director of communications for the Sorenson Institute; bestselling author and host and producer of WINA’s “Charlottesville Right Now.”

§         Mollie Cox Bryan, essayist, columnist, freelance writer, and bestselling author of Mrs Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies.

§         Jim Duncan, real estate analyst and REALTOR® with Real Central VA and RealCrozetVA.

§         Amy Eastlack, managing editor of SuzySaidCharlottesville.

§         Brian Geiger, The Food Geek, food science writer for Fine Cooking Magazine, and the current “Best Pie Maker” in Charlottesville.

§         Barbara Hutchinson, executive director of Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport.

§         Elizabeth McCullough, member of the Board of Directors at Writerhouse.

§         Delegate David Toscano, delegate for the 57th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.

§         Brian Wheeler, director of Charlottesville Tomorrow and chairman of the Albemarle County School Board.

This event is free and open to the public.


WHEN:             Saturday, October 3, 2009

                        12 noon – 2pm

WHERE:           Mudhouse

5793 The Square
Crozet, VA 22932

(434) 823-2240



(Visited 100 times, 1 visits today)


  1. BarBara Funes October 8, 2009 at 08:16

    Several friends and I went to the Pie Fest and these are our thoughts and suggestions:

    Perhaps you might consider these suggestions next time:
    1) Have some kind of mesh cover for the pies that were waiting to be tested so the flies would not be on them most of the time before anyone got to eat them. That was a real turnoff for us.
    2) Have the contestants make two (2) pies. One to be judged and one to be sold per slice. PACEM (or anyone that would benefit from the event) probably could have made much more money if the raffle tickets were not the only thing being sold.
    3) We thought that we would be trying different types of pies and instead just stood around for hours watching you all and the flies chowing down on the pies. To wait hours for the pies to finally be passed out was really a bit much. By that time, the pies had been sitting out for hours and had been picked over by the judges and the flies. (We left after two hours of watching you eat.)
    4) Also, when we watched the man with the long beard walk away with his lemon meringue pie (not covered) we thought “now how is he going to take that home, it was not in any type of container”.
    5) The music was good, crowd was a good size, but we came for some PIE! LOL

    Hope you take this in the spirit it was intended…..not criticisms but observations by your fellow town folk.

  2. Jim Duncan October 8, 2009 at 08:24

    BarBara –

    Thank you so much for coming and for your comments. I can guarantee that they will be taken in the constructive manner that you presented them.

    Sincerely, thank you.

    (and I did eat way, way, way too much pie – all of it was very good!)

  3. Allie October 8, 2009 at 09:33

    I thought the whole event was awesome, but I do agree with Barbara regarding the logistics (and the flies). I also think that next time there should be a limit to the number of pies each entrant submits for judging (i.e. one) to make the judging portion move a little quicker. Love the idea of having slices for sale so that the crowd could eat at the same time.

  4. Pingback: C'Ville Pie Fest 2014 - 28 September -

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *