Heather Rossiter is a special-programs supervisor for the Town of Castle Rock who wanted to create a community event with a hometown feel. She also loves pie. So, the choice was simple. On Nov. 3, …
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Heather Rossiter is a special-programs supervisor for the Town of Castle Rock who wanted to create a community event with a hometown feel.
She also loves pie. So, the choice was simple.
On Nov. 3, Rossiter organized and oversaw the town's second pie-baking contest, held at The Millhouse in Philip S. Miller Park. They saw near double the turnout from their first event, Rossiter said. Last year they had nine entries. This year, judges sized up 16 pies, while friends and family of entrants packed The Millhouse, ready to sample the baked goods.
“It's kind of like a traditional pie bake off,” Rossiter said.
Judges scored entries on a multitude of factors, including smell, taste, presentation and the overall “wow factor.” One of the three judges, Sgt. Kevin Torrens, of the Castle Rock Police Department, told the crowd gathered, “This is probably one of the best things that I get to do all year.”
Tanya Shaw Jeffrey, a baking competitor, traveled from Colorado Springs to visit the craft show taking place across town at the Douglas County Events Center, but heard of the pie-baking contest through a friend. She whipped together a recipe called “The Don Draper,” inspired by one of her favorite cocktails, the classic Old Fashioned.
“I just always wanted to do a pie contest,” she said.
Rossiter said at this stage, proceeds from the bake-off go back into funding the event. If it grows, however, they'll look into holding it as a fundraiser.
“I really just wanted that hometown feel and that community good event that comes with something like this," she said.
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