State Fair looking for Tennessee’s ‘Best Two Crust Apple Pie’

Last year it was the hint of Tennessee whiskey that made the difference or at least that’s what the baker of the best two crust apple pie selected by the Tennessee State Fair thought.

This year the search is on again, according to Kinsey Emery, State Fair event manager, who noted that the contest designated as the “Tennessee Two-Crust Apple Pie Contest” is becoming one of the Fair’s most popular events.

The contest last year attracted some 80 entries from all across the state.

The winner of the 2013 contest was Molly Callicott of Lawrenceburg who shared after the judging that she thought she gained an edge over her competitors by using a “touch of Tennessee whiskey” when making the cream sauce topping for her entry.

“I like to be original with my recipes. You know, kind of do my own thing. That’s when I thought I’d change things up a little and add a touch of Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey to my sauce,” Callicott said.

Emery, referring to last year’s winner’s originality, said “that’s really what’s special about the contest. It gives bakers across the state the opportunity to showcase their own creativity, in some cases adding small twists like Tennessee whiskey, and for many it’s the pride of displaying the results of a historic heirloom recipe that has been passed down for generations.”

In selecting Callicott’s entry the “Blue Ribbon Best” judges based their decision on four factors including general appearance, texture of crust, filling, and flavor.

Finishing second in the 2013 contest was Nancy Happle of Mt. Juliet and the third place winner was Stephanie Jones of Nashville.

The remaining seven finalists were Connie Cobern, Hendersonville; Stacey Brodowski, Nashville; Richard Cooper, Greenbrier; Anne-Marie Speight, Old Hickory; Connie Ely, Nashville; Sherri Williams, Hendersonville; and Debbie Alcorn, Brentwood.

The winner of this year’s contest will be named on Saturday, Sept. 13, one day before the State Fair closes, and for their good work in the kitchen, Emery said the best apple pie baker will walk away with a Tennessee State Fair Blue Ribbon and a $500 cash award. She urged those interested in entering the contest to visit the State Fair website for more information.

The Tennessee State Fair opens on Sept. 5 and runs for 10 days through Sept. 14.The Tennessee State Fair, a family tradition for the Volunteer state since 1906, is held annually in the heart of Nashville at the State Fairgrounds. Providing family entertainment in a welcoming environment, a magnificent midway, and fun for all ages, the Fair is visited each year by thousands from all across Tennessee and neighboring states.