The Wisconsin Bakers Association (WBA) and Madison College have announced the first-ever Pie à la Madison event on Sunday, March 3 at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ten local bakeries will serve samples of their best pies in advance of the Pi Day (3.14) holiday celebrated annually on March 14. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Baking & Decorative Arts Program at Madison College along with the Wisconsin Bakers Association and the Wisconsin Bakers Foundation.

Advance tickets are $35 and include admission to Pie à la Madison, ten pie samples, flavored milk samples from Prairie Farms, pie demos in the Baking Lab, a pie walk, raffles, coloring contest for kids and the opportunity to meet Jason “The Pie Guy”. VIP tickets are $50 and include all of that plus express check-in, exclusive event t-shirt, squishy pie stress reliever and a token good for one free scoop of ice cream or a small coffee.

The vendor lineup and pie flavors include:

  • Bakehouse 23 – Salted Caramel Banana Cream
  • Elsie Mae's Sweet Shop – S'mores
  • Stella's Bakery – Pecan
  • Sweet Pea's Pies – Caramel Apple Crumble
  • Breadsmith of Appleton – Peach
  • Neat-O's Bake Shoppe – Blueberry
  • Pink Mocha Cafe – French Silk
  • Sugar River Country Bakery – Cherry
  • Norske Nook Restaurant & Bakery – Raspberry Cream Cheese
  • Papa Brunk's Bakery – Strawberry Rhubarb

Festival go-ers will need to purchase tickets in advance and RSVP by choosing a time to arrive for the pie tasting experience. Arrival time slots begin at 10:00 am with the last session starting at 2:00 pm. Guests are welcome to stay and enjoy their pie samples at the event. Seating will be available.

Attendees will be given a pie passport lanyard upon arrival to take to each vendor station. At each station, attendees will be given one 3-ounce sample portion of pie. The passport will be checked off at each station indicating that the sample has been given out.

For those wanting to sample all of the pies featured at Pie à la Madison but not attend the event a curbside pickup option is available between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 3. A limited number of pie sample packages are available for pre-order for Curbside Pick-Up Only for $35.