Our community celebrated its 6th annual
Jammin’ Pie Fest in 2019!
We expect to be back together with you in the fall of 2021, stronger and more appreciative than ever. Watch this page for the latest information and contact us to sign up for Jammin’ Pie Fest updates.
The annual Jammin’ Pie Fest is a
Minnesota-area smash hit!
Music and pie lovers gather in a park-like back yard setting every fall to eat, dance, relax, share encouragement and experience a live show. The public event is organized by Walk Right In Ministries in collaboration with the Jamieson family, great neighbors, fun-loving volunteers, donors and other generous sponsors. All are committed to creating an afternoon that celebrates and fosters inclusive community.
…and it’s FREE!
Everything is free — pie tastings, Caribou coffee and live music.
Optional: Bring cash/check if you’d like to participate in the live pie auction fundraiser during intermission or make a donation as you’re able.
FREE PIE TASTINGS
HOME BAKED PIE CONTEST
NUMEROUS GENEROUS PRIZES
LIVE PIE BASKET AUCTION*
Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a bunch of friends and the whole family! The back yard includes wheelchair access and a handicap accessible ADA-compliant portable restroom. We especially want to encourage special needs families and caregivers of all generations to join us.
What is the dream of Jammin’ Pie Fest?
Walk Right In Ministries celebrates and fosters communities of belonging for people of all abilities.
Friendships and community are so important when you are part of a special-needs family. Yet isolation is a common dilemma. Daily cares keep caregivers at home, problematic behaviors limit participation in church, social connections can become strained and participating in public events can present challenges. Walk Right In Ministries hosts the annual Jammin’ Pie Fest for just these reasons and more.
- Create a comfortable, encouraging and accessible space where people from diverse life experiences can enjoy being part of the larger community
- Reduce and prevent the sense of isolation people experience when facing life challenges
- Foster relationships and communities where the compassion and truth of Jesus is easily accessible to those who seek it
- Refresh spirits, increase hope and improve coping skills so people struggle less and thrive more
Order of Events
Doors Open @ 1:30 pm
Pie Contest Registration Closes @ 1:50 pm
LIVE MUSIC & FREE PIE TASTINGS
Intermission & Live Pie Basket Auction Fundraiser*
MUSIC & PIE TASTINGS CONTINUE
Contest Voting Closes
Create-Your-Own Pie Flights
Pie Contest Awards
Door Prize Drawings
Interactive Musical Finale
Jammin’ Pie Fest has enjoyed fantastic LIVE music every year. Harbor & Home was a highlight of the event in 2019. Farewell Milwaukee joined us for Jammin’ Pie Fest 2018 (featured on compilations alongside Mumford & Sons, Adele and Amos Lee). Other artists who have kept JPF guests swaying, dancing and tapping toes have included Family Three (winner of the Minnesota State Fair Talent Competition), Regie Hamm (singer-songwriter from Nashville with over twenty #1 hits including the American Idol song Time of My Life), Amanda Watkins and Cal Ecker (the duo has opened for the likes of Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson and Martina McBride).
WATCH some of the fun we’ve had over the years on YouTube!
Does every guest have to bring a pie?
Bringing a pie is always totally optional. Bakers of all ages can register their homemade pie(s) by 1:50 for public tastings, contest judging and numerous fun prizes. Winners receive generous prizes including gift cards from Cub Foods, Schuler Shoes, PUNCH Pizza, Jimmy Johns and more!
To ensure that all of our guests have plenty of pie-tasting options and leave with their hunger satisfied, we also offer scrumptious commercially-baked pies. In recent years, Legendary Baking and Cub Foods Maple Grove have generously donated pies for tasting and use in the live auction!
Contest categories include:
Crowd Favorite, Judge’s Favorite, Youth Baker, Fruit Pies, Savory Pies, Cream-Style Pies, Chocolate Pies, Gluten-Free Pies, Prettiest Pie, Taster’s Choice
When is the next Jammin’ Pie Fest?
Subscribe to our newsletter to ensure you get the latest updates about Jammin’ Pie Fest. (Hint: It’s usually one of the first two Sundays in October.) Details for the next Jammin’ Pie Fest are usually announced by early summer.
How is Jammin’ Pie Fest funded and supported?
JAMMIN’ PIE FEST IS A FREE EVENT. The event is offered by Walk Right In Ministries (WRIM) in partnership with area businesses like Schuler Shoes, ALSKA Connected Caregiving, Cub Foods, Shutterfly, Bethesda, AMG Photography, Sandra Orchard Books, and Ropes Creative who ensure the festival remains FREE and ACCESSIBLE to all.
There is also a live auction during concert intermission. Auction proceeds and donations benefit caregivers and people facing health, development or aging-related challenges.
WRIM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity. All donations to WRIM are tax deductible. Donations through Give MN (WRIM) are much appreciated!
Follow these links to learn more and get involved!
How did Jammin’ Pie Fest get started?
The Jammin’ Pie Fest Story
EAT PIE | VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES | TAP YOUR TOES | EAT MORE PIE
Jammin’ Pie Fest was created to facilitate life-lifting connections in the community while celebrating inclusive belonging and friendships among people living in a wide range of circumstances.
Ever since Larry and Lisa Jamieson’s third daughter Carly was born in 1998 and later diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, their family has understood the value of community and connecting with resources that keep a family thriving despite adversity. They quickly realized the importance of having safe, resonating and hope-filling relationships and welcoming places to gather because life is at its best when shared with God and others.
Every year, it is our prayer that Jammin’ Pie Fest will accomplish these things:
Create a comfortable, encouraging and accessible space where people from diverse life experiences can enjoy being part of the larger community
Reduce and prevent the sense of isolation people experience when facing life challenges
Foster relationships and communities where the compassion and truth of Jesus is easily accessible to those who seek it
Refresh spirits, increase hope and improve coping skills so people struggle less and thrive more
In 2008, the Jamieson’s founded Walk Right In Ministries, a volunteer-led organization that now serves special-needs families, caregivers and disability ministry leaders worldwide. Since Walk Right In Ministries is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, much of our outreach is focused locally and regionally.
Jammin’ Pie Fest is Walk Right In Ministries’ featured annual community event. And we are committed to keeping the party FREE and ACCESSIBLE every year.
The first Jammin’ Pie Fest was held in late September 2014. Regie Hamm, the father of a child with Angelman Syndrome, brought amazing music to our stage from his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee! Regie is a hit songwriter, artist, producer and author who has penned over 20 #1 hits. He hit the Billboard Top 20 as an artist in 2003, and later went on to see his solo-written song “Time Of My Life” (sung by 2008 American Idol winner David Cook) stay at #1 for four months on the pop charts. Since then, Jammin’ Pie Fest has celebrated with incredible music from Family Three, Amanda Watkins and Farewell Milwaukee.
Please join us for the next Jammin’ Pie Fest. We would love to share the tradition and make memories with you. We think you will find the sweet tastes, sounds and community spirit a smash hit! In the back yard, there is freedom for all of us to be ourselves and feel at home even when that includes messes, noise and restlessness. At Jammin’ Pie Fest, you can always consider yourself among friends.
TELL US YOUR STORY of how Jammin’ Pie Fest has encouraged you or your family.
LEARN MORE about the history of the community-building organization behind the Jammin’ Pie Fest story.
Donations are invited during Jammin’ Pie Fest but are always completely optional. If you are one of those who is able to partner financially with Walk Right In Ministries (WRIM) and the Minnesota Disability Ministry Connection, WE THANK YOU! All donations, sponsorships and auction proceeds make it possible for us to extend services and resources to people all over the world. WRIM is a Minneapolis-based 501(c)3 non-profit charity. Learn about partnerships HERE or make an ONLINE DONATION.