Hard crust, soft crust, sweet sauce or heavy on the cheese.

You can sample the many varieties of the tasty Utica staple, tomato pie, on Tomato Pie Day.

It's happening on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from noon until 4 at the Parkway Rec Center in Utica. The event will feature a number of the most popular pies made in the city including:

• Roma’s Sausage & Deli
• Napoli’s Italian Bakery
• Tony’s of Washington Mills
• Utica Bread
• Charlie’s Pizza
• Oliveri’s Pizza
• Guiseppe’s Bakery

Organizers say there are many others taking part, and it's not too late for your business to participate.

Advance sale tickets are now available for $3, and can be purchased at IloveUtica.com. Tickets purchased at the door will cost $5.

The Utica Zoo Mobile, Utica Comets mascot 'Audie' and a display from the Children's Museum are included in the entertainment for this family friendly event.

Organizer Jay Sumner joined WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning to discuss: