The 5th Annual Claremont Pie Festival event will take place Saturday, March 18, 2017, throughout the historic Claremont Village. Event hours are 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The event features pie-baking and pie-eating contests, makers’ stage and bakers’ stage demonstrations, a classic car display, vintage aprons, handcrafted merchandise, great food, great pie and live music. Stroll around the Claremont Village collecting recipe cards from participating stores, wear your favorite apron, learn pie making tips and eat pie! Don’t forget to stick around for the pie tasting buffet after the baking contest winners are announced!

Famed baker Kate McDermott will be a guest speaker at this year’s festival. For years, the world’s culinary superstars have travelled to
Kate’s legendary workshops and Pie Camps in Port Angeles, Washington, to learn pie-baking secrets from the master. Here is your chance to meet her right here in southern California. 

From a self-taught home baker who learned the magic of pie from her grandmother, Kate became a nationally recognized expert on the subject and,since then, thousands have traveled to her famous Pie Cottage to get a taste. In her publishing debut, ART OF THE PIE: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, Kate McDermott presents the definitive guide to that simplest and yet most intimidating of pastries—the pie.  McDermott explains why the time had come to share her wisdom. “I want to pass on the craft of pie making to as many as I possibly can,” she says. “Since not everyone can join me at my Pie Cottage baking counter, I wrote Art of the Pie so I could ‘join’others at theirs.” Readers expecting a technical pastry manual will be surprised and delighted at ART OF THE PIE. McDermott is an advocate for confidence, flexibility, and fun in piemaking. Her recipes encourage readers to feel the dough, taste the fruit, and develop the intuition that turns a baker from good to great. Her recipes and detailed instructions—as sensible as they are whimsical—will make home cooks feel like they have a helpful grandmother at their elbow offering advice, just as Kate did when just as Kate did when she learned pie baking years ago.


Kate will give a brief talk about her life and her book Art of the Pie, followed by a book signing.   Books will be available for purchase (while supplies last).

Cost:  Free!

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time: Noon, Saturday, March 18, 2017 

Location: Hotel Casa 425 in the Claremont Village, 425 W 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711. 


Kate’s 90-minute Pie Making Demo

Cost to attend: $55

Date:  Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time: 1:45 PM, Saturday, March 18, 2017 

Location: Hotel Casa 425 in the Claremont Village,  425 W 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711. 


For event details, like how to enter the pie baking contest or become a vendor, go to