Once a year, downtown Phoenix transforms into a communal dessert table. This is the city’s annual Pie Social, an event that invites both celebrity bakers (read: professionals with access to a commercial kitchen) and everyday cooks to submit their tastiest creations. Non-bakers have reason to pop by the competition, too: the admission price includes tasting tickets, so they can sample slices of the pies that most intrigue them. Though with so many delectable creations, choosing just a handful to taste may be the toughest job of all. Luckily, Phoenix has plenty of top-notch bakeries to satisfy sweet cravings long after the contest contenders have been reduced to crumbs.