Dig in to the Malibu Pie Festival

Photo by Devon Meyers/TMT Children dive into the pie-eating contest at a previous festival at Malibu United Methodist Church.

Malibu United Methodist Church will host its 22nd annual Malibu Pie Festival Saturday. A wide variety of activities is planned, from face painting to live music to, of course, lots of pie-eating.

The public is welcome to submit their homemade pies for judging. Pies are evaluated based on 11 different categories, including filling, appearance and flavor. Children are invited to submit their own pies as well, which are also judged based on age group. This year’s judging panel includes Malibu Mayor John Sibert, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Rosenthal, Mary Abbott of The Malibu Times and Juan Cabrillo Elementary School Principal Barry Yates, among others. There is no deadline to submit entry forms for the pie contests, but event organizers prefer to have them beforehand. Entry forms can be found online at www.malibuumc.org or in this issue of The Malibu Times.

“[It’s] a great day to relax in the sunny courtyard, listen to music, watch the children enjoy the numerous activities at the nursery school, buy that gift basket full of good bargains, grab lunch at one of the food trucks and savor a slice, or two, of homemade pie,” Tabitha Di Leo, Malibu United Methodist Church ministries director, said.

Children’s festivities include a drumming circle, face painting, gunny sack races and pie-eating contests, as well as “Jenga XXL,” a giant version of the original wood block tabletop building game.

Event entertainers will be The Melvin Eddy Blues Band, Naomi Louise Warne and David Robinson, all Malibu United Methodist Church members. Also on hand to entertain will be performers from Malibu’s Dance Star and the youth of Malibu’s “The Pit,” who will be giving a martial arts demonstration.

In addition to a wide variety of pies, local food trucks Malibu Bagels and D’Amore’s Pizza will also be serving up eats at the festival.

“Twenty-two years ago Malibu United Methodist Church wanted to gather the Malibu community together to remember ‘the sweet things of life,’” Di Leo said. “The pie festival became a way to honor and thank people who offered their service to the community, [like] civic and business leaders, school principals, police officers, city council, service club presidents. It grew as a time for church members to work together on a common project and at the same time, raise funds for MUMC’s children, youth and family programs, and community service projects.”

The Malibu Pie Festival takes place Sat., Oct. 15, in the courtyard of Malibu United Methodist Church, 30218 Morning View Dr., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and entry to the event is free of charge.

Additionally, both Malibu High School and Juan Cabrillo Elementary schools are providing overflow parking for the event.

More information can be obtained by calling 310.457.7505 or visiting www.malibuumc.org.