KENILWORTH, NJ – Saturday, September 21, marked the first annual Apple Pie Contest at the Jersey Fresh Farmers’ Market. Four apple pie enthusiasts baked their own homemade pie, and each left the competition with a prize. Darlene Candarella, the Borough of Kenilworth’s Event Coordinator and head of the farmers market planned the event. “I feel our first Apple Pie Contest went very well. Each participant had a unique way of making their pie beautiful and tasty.”
The judges included Chef KC Bran, Mayor Anthony DeLuca, Pastor Nova Thomas, Library Assistant Lori Pantano, and Telina Cuppari from TAPinto Kenilworth. It was a tough call for the judges to pick the top apple pie, and the Kenilworth champion won the contest by just a point. First place was awarded to Billy West and MG for their pie, “The Apple of My Pie.” Laura Reinertsen's “Lala’s Apple Pie” came in second. Jim Kessler and his pie “Tumble for my Crumble” and Jonine Tolentino for her pie “Rosie” both tied for third place.
The Kenilworth Public Library, OPA Grill and Greek Restaurant, Kenilworth Diner, and Joann’s 2 Beauty Salon, all graciously donated prizes to the event. Kenilworth residents who came to the market were welcomed to a piece of pie after the contest.
“I would like to thank all of our judges for their time and our donators for their very generous gifts” Candarella said. “I hope to do this again next year at the Kenilworth Jersey Fresh Farmers’ Market and have even more contestants.”