WASHINGTON, D.C., OCTOBER 16, 2017 — Apple season is upon us, so come hungry to the Tenth Annual Adams Morgan Apple Festival Saturday, October 28, featuring the Apple Pie Baking Contest. The area’s bakers compete for the title of Best Apple Pie, and all for a good cause – proceeds of pie sales support Joseph’s House.


The festival is organized by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID and the Adams Morgan Farmers’ Market, one of the longest running markets in the city. The free festivities take place at SunTrust Plaza at 18th Street and Columbia Road, NW, beginning with an heirloom apple tasting at 10:30 am, followed by an apple pie contest judged by the following local foodies and celebrities:

  • Jonathan Cho, owner of Adams Morgan’s own BUL and Sakuramen restaurants
  • Ted Guthrie, ANC1C Chairman
  • Leon Harris, NBC4
  • Alex McCoy, chef/owner of Lucky Buns restaurant (coming soon to Adams Morgan)
  • Gabriela Mossi, Executive Director, Washington English Center
  • Tess Palladino, Bitches Who Brunch food blogger


Esther Siegel and Michael Tabor from Licking Creek Bend Farm operate the farmers’ market and will supply free apples to registered pie contestants this Saturday October 21. Bakers will submit their homemade pies to compete for the top slot in four categories: appearance, filling, crust and overall. The festival also includes the melodic harmonies of Adams Morgan’s own viola musician Roy Hill, and will feature a pumpkin decorating station for the first time. All paper wares and utensils used will be biodegradable.


“Adams Morgan is a neighborhood of food-lovers, and this festival offers all the ingredients for a fun community event – talented local bakers, heirloom apple tasting, a pie-baking contest, and pumpkin decorating,” said Kristen Barden, Executive Director of the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District. Past participants included a James Beard Award nominee and a Top Chef contestant.



8 am: Adams Morgan Farmers Market opens

10 am: Pie delivery

10:30 am: Heirloom apple tasting

11 am: Pie slices go on sale

12 pm to 1 pm: Judging

1 pm: Winners announced

1 pm: Market & festival ends


Details: The event is free and open to the public. Pie entries are limited to 15; email AMPBID Operations Manager Brian Barrie to register for the pie contest Registrants may pick up free apples to make their pies on Saturday, October 21 at the market. Each registrant must bake three homemade 9” pies from scratch (one for judges, two for sale) and provide a list of their ingredients. After the judging is complete, pie slices cost $5 each and proceeds support Joseph’s House. To learn more about the event, visit


About the Adams Morgan Partnership BID

The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District (AMPBID) is a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the quality of life for businesses, property owners, residents, visitors, and employees in the District of Columbia’s most vibrant and eclectic neighborhood. The Partnership provides daily street cleaning, fun neighborhood events, and creative marketing and economic development initiatives. Adams Morgan is world-renowned for its fantastic restaurants and nightlife, colorful retail stores and historic, tree-lined residential streets. The American Planning Association named Adams Morgan one of the top 10 neighborhoods in America in 2014. For more on AMPBID, visit or follow us on Twitter @AdMoBID, Instagram@AdMoBID or Facebook at AdamsMorganBID.


About Licking Creek Bend Farm

Owner and social activist Michael Tabor started Licking Creek Bend Farm in 1972 and began attending the Adams Morgan Farmers Market in 1974. Licking Creek Bend Farm consists of 60 acres, of which 5 to 10 acres are farmed each year. The farm is a Certified Naturally Grown farm with six full-time employees. The farm’s philosophy is to offer healthily grown pesticide-free foods at affordable prices, and the farm participates in most government farm market subsidy programs (WIC, SNAP, EBT). The farm sells its produce in two DC-area food co-ops, five farmers’ markets, several local universities, and a 70-member community-supported agriculture (CSA) program that accepts SNAP and WIC families. Learn more at


About Joseph’s House

Opened in 1990 by Church of the Savior in response to the AIDS crisis in Washington, DC, Joseph’s House offers a welcoming community and comprehensive nursing and support services to homeless men and women with advanced HIV disease and terminal cancer. To learn more about this compassionate and valuable nonprofit, visit



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