Low Country Pie Festival

The Low Country Pie Festival - The Foodie Feature

Look no further for your Sunday Funday activity for the first weekend of May. We’ve got you covered with a family friendly event filled with entertainment, food and lots of pie. May 1st is the first annual Low Country Pie Festival hosted by Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSG). In past years, LSG has hosted a spring art show with visual arts. After mixed results from the event, Charles Ringling, executive director of the S.E. region of LSG, was inspired by a PBS show about pie shops, bakeries, and a Minnesota pie festival.

Like a light bulb going off in a dark room, an idea popped into Charles mind. “Pie themes are typically positive, warm, wholesome, good themes. So I thought, that seemed to be a type of event with the broadest type of theme that was appealing to people, who doesn’t like pie? It would lend itself to a family friendly type of atmosphere,” he reflected. So began the beginning stages of the Low Country Pie Festival.

With Savannah’s ever growing food culture and the warm weather becoming more consistent, a pie festival is sure to be a hit at Emmet Park.

As Charles realized, “we’ve [he and his wife] been here almost ten years and Savannah really is becoming ever more of a foodie destination…talking to people with families here for generations no one could recall any type of pie festival as such being done.”

So with a committee made up of individuals from the community, the pie festival took off into fruition. With help from Ryan Giannoni, the director of the Savannah Food Truck Festival, three food trucks will be selling food throughout the event. Paul Kennedy Catering will serve gourmet style sandwiches, a taco truck (I can already taste the guacamole on my lips!), and an organic popsicle and lemonade truck to keep everyone cool throughout the day.

And let us not forget about the pies. They will be sold by the slices, with sponsors like Whole Foods, Two Smart Cookies, The Pie Guy, Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, and Chef Charlotte’s Confections there will be an abundance of selections to satisfy any sweet tooth. There will even be a pie eating contest that’s free of charge! It’s first come, first serve so if you’re looking to eat your way to the title as the first ever Savannah Pie Eating Champion, be sure to get there early.

All proceeds made that day will go to the coastal Lutheran Services of Georgia in Savannah. As the second largest site to their main headquarters in Atlanta, LSG will “directly support the services we’re providing to children and families primarily in Chatham, but also in Effingham. Liberty and Bryan counties”, assures Charles.

LSG provides services for families and individuals including foster care and adoption, disability services and family intervention.  More information on the Lutheran Services of Georgia can be found on their website and their Facebook/Twitter pages. The Low Country Pie Festival also has a Facebook event page.

The first annual LC Pie Festival will be May 1st from 12-4 p.m. in Emmet Park. The Foodie Feature crew will be there with empty bellies and charged phones for food pictures of course! Our editor will also be a judge for the best pie competition. It’s going to be a family and community event you don’t want to miss.

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