The pies will be plentiful at the 11th annual Pie Party this Saturday at Mercado San Agustín.

There will be sweet pies, and savory pies. Vegan pies, fruit pies and artichoke pies.

For $3 a slice (or $5 for two slices) patrons are invited to sample their fill.

Each slice purchased means a vote for one of five nonprofits. Proceeds from the event go to the two organizations with the most votes at the end of the night.

Nonprofits in the running this year include the Tucson Village Farm, Ironwood Tree Experience, The Happy Organization, the Farm Education Resource Network and El Grupo Youth Cycling.

“It’s all about healthy and sustainable food,” said Kelly Watters, the education and outreach coordinator for the Food Conspiracy Co-op, which is running this year’s Pie Party.

“Supporting these groups works in concert with our mission,” Watters said.

This is the first year the Co-op will be in charge of the Pie Party.

The annual event was started by Tucson residents Ian Fritz and Megan “Turtle” Southern as a way to unwind with friends.

It has since evolved into an important community gathering.

The 2013 pie party raised several thousand dollars and drew more than 500 people to the Whistle Stop Depot.

“We have the great fortune of inheriting this tradition from its co-founders,” Watters said. “They’ve provided us with a devoted list of pie party supporters and pie makers. We are putting our own stamp on it, but we’ve received a lot of their knowledge and support.”

Watters said the party will be held as a potluck this year. People are encouraged to bake their favorite types of pie and bring them to the Mercado between 1 and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

They can register online ahead of time at online.

Watters said the concept of a pie party means that everybody wins.

“People involved with these nonprofits will know more about the Co-op,” Watters said. “People attending the Pie Party and involved with the Co-op will learn more about the nonprofits. It is all about engaging different audiences.”

Contact reporter Gerald M. Gay at or 807-8430.