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January 24, 2021
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Gift Fair/Celebrity Pie Contest

By Lisa M. Collins

Sun. Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.:  Shop for holiday gifts from local vendors, eat pie, let the kids enjoy movies and free crafts, and watch a pie contest judged by Top Chef judges. It’s the second annual “Eat Pie and Shop” Holiday Gift Fair at P.S. 29, at Henry between Kane and Baltic, to raise money for the elementary school PTA. (Note to readers—This post originally said the event was on Saturday. It is on Sunday.)

The Gift Fair will feature local artisans, craftspeople and merchants, and promises to provide a huge variety of handmade, local and sustainable gift-giving choices. Jewelry, clothing from Half Pint Citizens and handmade and classic toys from Fork & Pencil (see our story on antique and toy store Fork + Pencil, which donates profits to charity) will be on display with more than 20 other vendors.

The pie competition takes place at 1 p.m. The judge panel features Gail Simmons, a food critic for Food & Wine and a Top Chef judge; Dannielle Kyrillos, a judge for Top Chef Just Desserts and a Daily Candy editor, and François Payard, the 1995 recipient of the James Beard Association “Pastry Chef of the Year” award and o-owner of François Payard Bakery. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will also sit on the judge’s panel.  The winner will receive a gift package from Food & Wine, a Payard Gift Box and silver pie server donated by Fork & Pencil.

Local bakers, both amateurs and professionals, will supply a wide array of pies, covering all categories including fruit, creamy, savory and nut. Bakers are invited to submit entries to be judged by parents and celebrity judges. Tasting tickets are $5.

Rooftop Films will show a selection of independent short films for kids continually throughout the day. Movie tickets are $2.

Children can make free holiday crafts, and enjoy egg creams from Brooklyn Farmacy.

A donation box will be on hand for Toys for Tots, collected by U.S. Marines. For Toys for Tots, please donate only unwrapped and new toys, and no stuffed animals or military toys. Proceeds from toys purchased from Fork & Pencil will be donated to PS29. Big Apple Circus will be on hand with giveaways and a free raffle for tickets for a family four-pack to this season’s all-new show, Dance On!

PS 29

425 Henry St., between Baltic and Kane streets.

For more information on the event, including a list of vendors and information on how to enter a pie, please visit

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