Tips for making a stand out apple pie

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There will be two categories, "Apple Pie" and "Everything Else Apple."

According to volunteer organizer Cathy Sapp, the bake-off gets anywhere from 40 to 60 submissions in a given year.

Judges taste all of the submissions over a two hour period which Sapp says can be a challenge. However, she says there are ways entrants can make their submission stand out.

"It's all about that taste, texture, and those apples. Which apple choice did you make? Out of the ten or so varieties, which variety do you choose? Which will hold up best for those judges?" Sapp said.

She recommends McIntosh apples, but notes other elements are important as well, especially when it comes to pie submissions.

"[The judges] are looking for the crust and the flakiness. They're looking for the bottom of the crust not to be soggy but very crisp, the same as the top part of the crust. After it's baked, you're looking for that crispy but still not mushy-apple. Something that you can still think of as being a piece of an apple," Sapp told 9NEWS.

The annual Cider Days bake-off will take place on Saturday Oct. 1. Submissions can be dropped off from 10 a.m. until noon at the Lakewood's Heritage Center Visitor Center at 801 S. Yarrow Street. The entry fee is $5. Winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. Entry forms are required and can be downloaded from www.lakewood.org.

The Cider Days festival itself will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Oct. 1 and 2. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

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