While January could be among the slowest months of the year for many inns and B&Bs along Maine’s Midcoast, the three Historic Inns of Rockland are gearing up for the annual winter pie-a-thon. Celebrating National Pie Day (observed every year on January 23) one day ahead of schedule, the innkeepers at Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn and Granite Inn are busy planning and coordinating the 8th Annual Pies On Parade Tour to be held Sunday, January 22, 2012 from 1-5pm.
As you can imagine, many hours go into planning this event. In fact, the preparation for the next pie tour begins the day after the last one happened and continues throughout the year. The list of tasks is long including recruiting participating businesses and partners, creating tour maps, promoting the event regionally and nationally, and then keeping everyone informed. Next comes the push for ticket sales, and oh yes…each of these innkeepers also needs to bake 50 or more pies in between the coordination of the event.
Each business participating in the Pies on Parade tour is encouraged to prepare a sweet and a savory pie. Restaurants, spas and retailers all get in on the fun, and eventually share their choices. Even All Aboard Trolley joins in the fun to provide transportation for tour goers.
Each year, the Historic Inns of Rockland are amazed at the creativity and unique pie offerings included from their partners. We’ll give you a sneak peek into some of the pies tour goers will sample this year. Look for Gorgonzola/Spinach and Tomato Pizza and Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Pie from Bricks Pizza, Thyme Cheesecake pie with coconut crust and Turkey and Sweet Potato Empanadas (little pies) from Rheal Day Spa, plus Rueben Pizza-Kraut and Apples and Mascarpone on Cocoa Dough pizza pie from Café Miranda. Of course, Fiore Oils is doing a Balsamic Pie – that just seems right. We’ll save the rest to surprise you when you come on the tour.
Each innkeeper and business involved in Pies on Parade makes about 50 or more pies. Those making tarts, pasties, empanadas and flatiron pies create hundreds of the little pies. Days before the event, they begin the pie making marathon. By the end of the tour, they’re rolling crusts in their sleep. Innkeepers bake 50 or more pies, serving up about 600-700 pieces at each location. You know how much of a project Thanksgiving pies can be. Now multiply that by 50 and you can imagine that Historic Inns of Rockland innkeepers and their partners are starting to get busy with their baking now.
Here’s a fun behind-the-scenes look at some of the prep that goes into making pies for Pies on Parade. As with everything else they do, the innkeepers in this group approach pie making with humor, gusto and pride. It’s not too late to get tickets to Pies on Parade. Simply call 877-ROC-INNS (877-762-4667) to order tickets.