The Key Lime Festival
What's More American Than Key Lime Pie?
Key West, FL USA
July 2-4, 2016
4th Annual

Key Lime Pie Championships! 

​Smokin’ Tuna Saloon | 4 Charles Street 
Be the first to sample the best Key lime pies in the country prepared by top chefs and pie aficionados vying for the coveted Key Lime Cup. $10 Admission includes 5 selections from the sampling table and a ballot to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.  Cash bar, music, and door prizes make this a tasty event for the entire family. It doesn’t get more American than Key Lime Pie!  Check out some of the mouth-watering the photos from previous years below. 

2014 Key Lime Pie Champtionships Slideshow

Photos by Carol Tedesco

Key Lime Pie Entries - Deadline For Entry:  July 3rd, 2015

  • Entrants must provide two pies for each recipe entered.
  • Please specify Commercial Division (for establishments that sell or serve pie to the public) or Independent Division (for individuals) and Classic (for a traditional Key Lime Pie) or Innovative (for variations such as cheesecake, tarts, bacon infused, etc.).
  • It's free to enter pies into the 2015 Key Lime Pie Championships. 
  • All pies must be completely prepared by the entrant and delivered to The Smokin’ Tuna on July 4th, 2015 between 12:30pm – 1:45pm.
  • Pie racks and refrigeration will be available on premise. Pies must be kept below 45 degrees F prior to delivery.
  • Each pie should be clearly labeled with the entrant's name, phone number, category (Independent or Commercial & Innovative or Classic) and the name of the pie entry. Judging is blind. We will not include your name or the name of your establishment for the judges.
  • Winners will be announced around 5pm on July 4th. The judges’ decisions are final and binding.
  • Each pie entry will be judged by 5 judges on the following criteria:
  • The judging criteria will be based on a 1-9 point system. All category points will be added to determine the winner. In the event of a tie, the judges will re-judge the pies until a winner is decided.

Key Lime Pie Judging Criteria

First Impression: 
• Pre-Slice Score (includes general appearance, consistency of pie elements)
• After-Slice Score (based on degree of firmness and ease of slicing)
• Impression of First Taste Score

A Closer Look:
• Flavor (strength and balance of appropriate flavors)
• Mouth Feel (appropriate consistency)
• Crust
• Aftertaste

Overall Impression:
• Impressiveness

• Originality of Pie

2015 Champions

Commercial Innovative

​Croce Co.  (Michael Schultz)

Commercial Classic

SHOR American Seafood Grill

Independent Innovative

Katie Westphal 

Independent Classic

Hailey Pacyna

People's Choice

1st Laura Eisenberg - Independent Innovative
2nd Tony Lazarus - Independent Classic
3rd Stephanie Kaple - Independent Innovative

2014 Champions

Professional Classic

1st Shor American Seafood Grille -
Classic Key Lime PIe
2nd Blue Heaven -
Mile High Key Lime Pie
3rd Southernmost Beach Cafe - Key Lime Pie with Oreo Crust

Professional Innovative

1st Ocean Key Resort & Spa
Cashew Crust w Mango & Kiwi
2nd Glazed Donuts- Key Lime Donut
3rd Key West Key Lime Pie Company KLP -Pineapple Toasted Coconut

Independent Innovative

1st Stephanie Kaple - Key Lime Pie
2nd Katie Westphal - Key Lime Cheesecake
3rd Michelle St Pierre - Black Bottom Key Lime Pie

Independent Innovative

1st Justin Harris - Red, White & Blue
2nd Amy Freeze - Sitting on a Sandbar
3rd Tony Lazarus - Key Lime Margarita Pie


First Place trophies will be awarded for Best Independent Classic, Best Independent Innovative, Best Commercial Classic, Best Commercial Innovative and People’s Choice.

Winners in each division will receive bragging rights, publicity and a trophy noting their achievement.

2014 Guest Judges

Michael Schultz, Mike Mosi, Margit Bisztray, Daniel Mccurdy

2013 Guest Judges

Anne Marrero, Clayton Lopez, Rob Oniel, Richard Talmadge, Tania Beguinati