13th Annual Pie Party Returns to YWCA on Sunday, Get Your Recipes Ready

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Molly Kincaid, winner of Best in Show 2015, and Sharrelle Brown, a beneficiary from Iskashitaa  Refugee Harvesting Network at last year's Pie Party. - MARIO JUAN
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  • Molly Kincaid, winner of Best in Show 2015, and Sharrelle Brown, a beneficiary from Iskashitaa Refugee Harvesting Network at last year's Pie Party.

Once you’ve mastered pie making in the kitchen, it feels like a turning point in your technical ability. Finicky dough can cause problems and what the heck do you even thicken a berry pie with? Tapioca? Cornstarch? Arrowroot?

Well, no doubt, you’ve already mastered a pie or two in your time, and now is the time to celebrate that achievement with other local pie bakers at the 13th annual Pie Party. Equal parts pie potluck, pie bake-off and fundraiser, this event brings the community together all in the name of that sweet, crusty dessert we all know and love.

For those looking to get competitive, bring your pie creation to the YWCA of Southern Arizona’s Frances Mclelland Center (525 N. Bonita Ave.) from 11 a.m. until noon on Sunday, May 1. Pies are separated into fruit, cream, vegan, wheat-free and other categories. Last year’s winning pies include date pecan mesquite, strawberry ginger and chile mango margarita cheesecake , so you’ll want to be sure to flex those creativity muscles if you plan on going for Best in Show this year.

The top pie baker also gets to choose which nonprofit will get the cash prize at the end. Participating nonprofits for the 2016 event are Local First Arizona Foundation, Make Way for Books, Tucson Roller Derby, Camp Born This Way and Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona. Pie entries earn two free tickets to the event when submitted.

For those just looking to eat some pies and donate to local nonprofits, the pie party runs from 3 until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Pie is sold at $3 per slice or two for $5. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

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