14th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour features pies to help raise funds for the AIO Food Pantry
Rockland, Maine, dubbed "Pie Town USA" by the Food Network, is living up to its name as planning is already underway for the 14th annual pie-a-thon to celebrate National Pie Day (National Pie Day is celebrated each year on Jan 23r). The town of Rockland will go pie-crazy on Sunday, January 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., when the Historic Inns of Rockland are joined by as many as 25 additional Rockland and Camden businesses and restaurants to welcome hungry pie eaters to the town for the 14th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour. Hungry pie lovers will sample more than 50 different pies at 20 or more businesses, restaurants and inns throughout Rockland.
Day tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children ten and under and all funds from tickets sales go directly to the local food pantry. Tickets are available from participating inns (not additional participating Rockland businesses) starting November 24, 2017 by calling 207-596-6611 to reserve ahead or by purchasing online at www.PiesonParade.com . Since tickets sell out each year, it's a good idea to call soon to reserve your chance to enjoy this fabulous pie-a-thon. Special Pies on Parade packages, including tickets to the Pie Tour, can be booked at participating inns now until they are sold out. That's the best way to insure you'll be able to attend this delicious event.
This is not your average pie-in-the-sky event. Move aside Mom's apple pie, Rockland's inns, businesses and restaurants will serve up everything from Shepherds Pie and gourmet pizza pies to sweet and savory galettes, seafood pies, egg pies, whoopie pies and the signature Key LimeRock Pie at the LimeRock Inn. Of course, for those who still love the age-old favorites; look for traditional fruit pies like apple, raspberry and blueberry pie along with savory egg pies at the Berry Manor Inn and perhaps a Cranberry Apple Pie and a delicious crab quiche at the Granite Inn. Best of all, fear not the packing on of pie pounds; Rockland businesses have added healthy pies (yes, there can be such a thing!) to the list. In past years Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars has served up a beautiful pie with healthy olive oil and other venues have served sugar-free and lavender yogurt pies, defying all preconceived notions about "pie-ling" on calories from these delicious desserts! Most of the 20 anticipated participating businesses will serve both a savory and sweet pie, including several unusual galettes, tarts, quiches, pot pies, pizza pies, shepherd's pies, and in the past even a grilled pie.
At least 20 Rockland and Camden venues are expected to participate in Pies on Parade and the list is growing this year in celebration of the 14th year of this event. Not to be outdone by inns and restaurants, a number of additional Rockland and Camden businesses have signed on for the "Pie-rade" including the Maine Lighthouse Museum, Maine Audubon Project Puffin Visitor Center, Bixby Bars, Rockland's Rotary Pizza and Bartlett Woods Retirement Community in Rockland plus Hawthorn Inn, and Towne Motel in Camden. Plus, while walking between venues helps to burn calories, All Aboard Trolley provide transportation at designated stops, making it more efficient to hit as many pie stops as possible, especially those on either end of town.
Plus, new this year! Camden businesses will host a scavenger hunt/trivia contest to commemorate Peyton Place's 60th anniversary as part of the Pies on Parade weekend on January 27, 2018. Spend Saturday afternoon watching the Peyton Place film at the Camden library, walking around downtown Camden looking for clues, and eating pie. Submit your completed entry form for a chance to win a grand prize raffle valued over $1,200 which includes lodging, dinner, and merchandise from your favorite Camden businesses. The Saturday scavenger hunt tickets are $15 per person with children under 10 free. All monies go to AIO to help feed our community. Tickets are available at the Hawthorn Inn in Camden or at www.PiesonParade.com.
All proceeds from the entire Pies on Parade weekend benefit the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry & Fuel Assistance Program. Over the past thirteen years, more than $160,000 has been donated to AIO's Food Pantry from this event to help provide food for Midcoast families. Pies on Parade is the food pantry's largest fundraiser of the year, providing enough funds to feed 100 hungry families for a full year.
Each $30 ticket follows the 3-4-5 formula: a $30 ticket translates to 3 meals a day for a family of 4 for 5 days! Since all proceeds from Pies on Parade are donated to the AIO Food Pantry, you can feel good knowing your day of pie-joyment will provide 60 meals to hungry families on Maine's Midcoast.
Additionally, a Silent Auction will be held at the Trackside Station Restaurant on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 5-7pm. Look for overnight getaways, gift certificates, products, live music and entertainment, plus much more. There will even be special pie-themed cocktails featured. All proceeds will benefit the AIO Food Pantry & Fuel Assistance Program.
Why go home pie-eyed at the end of the event? The Historic Inns of Rockland suggest a number of different Pie Tour survival tips, including a warning to not drive home under the influence of pie! The Historic Inns of Rockland have created a Pie Tour package which requires no designated pie tour driver. Join us in "Pie Town" to celebrate National Pie Day for a two-night package (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday) that includes two nights' accommodations at any of the three Historic Inns of Rockland, daily breakfast and:
Two guaranteed tickets to the biggest pie event in New England on Sunday
Two tickets to Saturday's Scavanger/Trivia Pie event in Camden from 12-4pm
Two personal pies baked just for you
One 2018 commemorative Pies on Parade poster
A $50 Midcoast Money voucher for dinner on Saturday at a choice of many area restaurants.
Invitation to a "Wine and Pie" tasting at the Wine Seller Saturday, from 3:30-5:30 pm with exclusive tasting from 3-3:30 pm
Complimentary access to Maine Lighthouse Museum opening on Sunday, at 11:30am which will feature "Lite Pies"
Invitation to our Silent Auction from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Saturday the 28th.
The Two-Night Packages start at $380* single or double occupancy plus tax. *Specific policies for cancellations, advanced deposits, check in and check out times vary with individual inn. Package cannot be combined with any other discounts.
One night packages are also available for Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 only including one night accommodations, a post-pie tour breakfast, two tickets to the Pie Tour, 2018 commemorative poster and two personally baked pies. One night packages will only be accepted for booking after January 15, 2018.
Recognized among the top ten eco-friendly inns in the U.S. by BedandBreakfast.com, and continuing their commitment as Certified Maine Hospitality Environmental Leaders, Historic Inns of Rockland will take the green theme beyond the Key Limerock Pie. Tourgoers will enjoy pie served with totally natural and biodegradable, fully compostable plates made of all-natural sugar cane stalks and reusable silverware. Waste from the event will be composted locally at participating inns. Each tour goer receives their own metal fork to take from venue to venue, which is then collected, washed and sterilized for use the following year. Wherever possible, pies will be made from locally purchased products. All proceeds will remain in the Rockland/Camden area to provide food and heating assistance for Midcoast Maine families through the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry.
Pies on Parade is presented by the Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine with help from broadcast sponsor Blueberry Broadcasting, Maritime Energy, All Aboard Trolley and Downtown Camden business group. For more information call 207- 596-6611 or purchase tickets online at www.PiesonParade.com.
About Historic Inns of Rockland
Historic Inns of Rockland is comprised of three distinctive inns located in Rockland, Maine's historic district. Each offering a unique experience and décor from modern urban chic to Victorian or European styled, the three Historic Inns of Rockland offer haute hospitality within easy strolling distance of Rockland's thriving downtown restaurant, shopping and museum district and waterfront. From luxury to pet and kid-friendly, Historic Inns of Rockland are the ideal home base for exploring all that Midcoast Maine hashttp://www.innsatblackberrycommon.com/ to offer. For more information, visit www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com or call 207-596-6611 to order tickets in advance or consult each participating inn's website for more specific pricing and details of this package: LimeRock Inn (www.LimeRockinn.com), Berry Manor Inn (www.BerryManorInn.com), or Granite Inn (www.oldgraniteinn.com ).