Piedmont Culinary Guild's Carved Contest Returns

Here's our favorite PCG-carved pumpkins from last year
Chef Chris Coleman, Chef Phillip Platoni, and Chef Michael Rayfield compete last year.

Piedmont Culinary Guild’s Carved pumpkin-carving competition returns to Lenny Boy Brewing this weekend. The event, which also includes a pig-pickin', has been running for the past five years. The competition is organized in three categories: adults competing for a $100 prize, kids vying for a swag bag and a box of Your Mom's Donuts, and PCG members themselves.

Pitmasters (and chefs) Marc Jacksina and Ben Philpott will man the pig-pickin', with heritage hogs from Two Pigs Farm. Sides, provided by CPCC students, include Heirloom Sea Island Red Peas,  Dukes Bread cornbread, and artisan cole slaw. There's also hourly cornhole tournaments, live music from Jim Garrett, and other activities.

To preview this year’s event, we’re including some of our favorite 2016 pumpkins created by PCG members. Get tickets for this year's event here.

Alyssa and Andrew Wilen went for the diorama approach.

Pumpkins by Chris and Jennifer Young.

Annie Howell's pumpkin represented Windcrest Farms.

Chef Chris Coleman poses with his creation.

Chef Ashley Boyd's illuminated monster.

Chef Hannah Riley with her entry.

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