A pumpkin pie takes the prize

Pumpkin pie contest winner Shannon Seath Meyer shows off her winning creation. - Ralph Moore photo
Pumpkin pie contest winner Shannon Seath Meyer shows off her winning creation.
— image credit: Ralph Moore photo

Despite an autumn chill, some 200 Islanders gathered Saturday to sample 16 pumpkin pies and desserts at the Village Green — with four discerning judges determining the winner in the annual contest. This year, there were two categories — traditional pumpkin pie and non-traditional pumpkin dessert — with bakers asked to focus on local ingredients. Grabbing the title for best traditional pie was Shannon Seath Meyer, above, who used a home-grown sugar pie pumpkin in her concoction. Nancy Foster-Moss took first place in the non-traditional category with her “Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake” — described by Beachcomber blogger Karen Dale as “gooey-piggy-creamy-lush-scrumptious.” Judging this year’s contest were Island farmer Jasper Forrester, Island farmer Karen Biondo, Lisa Cyra, a pastry chef, and Kate Baehr, principal of Chautauqua Elementary School. Read more, including Meyer’s winning recipe, at Dale’s blog, “Garden On, Vashon,” at

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