Among the thousands of festivals and fairs in California, one of the most popular old-fashioned competitions is pie-eating contest. People love pie and the most popular type is apple pie. On January 23, National Pie Day, restaurants like to tout their pie specials. One of the California's most famous such food chains known for its pie is Marie Callender's.
Pie is not a new invention but it remains popular thousands of years after first recorded evidence of its existence was documented on a tablet in Sumer where a recipe for chicken pie was written. Pie was also documented on the tomb walls of the Pharaoh Ramesses II (ruled from 1304 to 1237 BC,) located in the Valley of the Kings.
CLAREMONT: Claremont Pie Festival March 17, 2018, 10 a.m. -
2nd Street from Oberlin to Harvard
a day dedicated to pie-baking and pie-tasting
DUSMUIR: Dunsmuir Railroad Pie Social June 8-10, 2018
LEMOORE: Lemoore Central Valley Pizza Festival April 21-23, 2017. Free
National Pie Championship
April 5-7, 2018
MALIBU: Pie Festival October 14, 2017 malibuumc.org/piefestival.com
Malibu United Methodist Church
30128 Morning View Drive Malibu, CA
CHULA VISTA: Pumpkin Pie Social November Thanksgiving Kick-off
COVELO: Round Valley Blackberry Festival August 18-19, 2018
GOLETA: Lemon Festival September
OXNARD: California Strawberry Festival in May features contests, including pie eating.
TEMPLETON: Templeton Founders Day, usually in October, includes pie eating.
CALIFORNIA: Apple Festivals are especially popular in the fall during apple harvest
ORCUTT: Jack's in Orcutt serves really large pieces of pie.
BISHOP: Pie in the Sky Cafe at the Rock Creek Lake Resort rockcreeklakesresort.com/
JULIAN: Restaurants known for Apple Pie and an annual celebration in the fall
TUOLUMNE: Mile High Apple Pie at Cover's Ranch in Tuolumne California
LOS ALAMITOS: Pasty Kitchen Meat Pies
Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.