THE WHOLE TOWN OF ROCKLAND GOES “PIE-WILD” TO CELEBRATE 2016 NATIONAL PIE DAY
Click here to view the map from last year’s 2015 Pies on Parade.
Rockland, dubbed “Pie Town USA” by the Food Network when Bobby Flay visited for a pie throwdown, is living up to its name as planning is underway for the 12th annual pie-a-thon to celebrate National Pie Day (National Pie Day is celebrated each year on Jan 23rd). The whole town of Rockland, ME will go pie-crazy on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00pm when the Historic Inns of Rockland are joined by Rockland, ME businesses and restaurants to welcome hungry pie eaters to the town for the 12th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour. Sample more than 40 different pies at restaurants and inns throughout Rockland and enjoy tours of common areas and some guest rooms at the inns. Tickets for the Pies on Parade Inn-to-Inn Tour are $30 for adults and $15 for children ten and under. Tickets sell out quickly, are available from participating inns only (not additional participating Rockland businesses), and plenty of pie to sample. Why not make a weekend of it? After all, friends don’t let friends drive under the influence of pie! Take advantage of exclusive pie add-ons like wine and pie pairings and special museum tours and tastings. Read on for a full description of the one or two-day Pie Tour packages. Pies on Parade 2016 is the biggest pie event in New England.
Never attended a pie tour? This is not your average pie-in-the-sky event. Move aside Mom’s apple pie, Rockland’s inns and restaurants will serve up everything from Shepherds Pie and a number of gourmet Pizza Pies to sweet and savory Italian Galettes, seafood 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 Apple, Raspberry and Blueberry pie along with savory egg pies at the Berry Manor Inn and a newly developed 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. Last year, FIORE Olive Oils & Vinegars served up a beautiful pie with healthy olive oil and in the past Rheal Day Spa served a “Not Too Sweet” Sweet Potato Pie (chosen for the antioxidant qualities of sweet potatoes and gluten free) and a Refined Sugar-free, Lavender, Honey and Yogurt Pie, defying all preconceived notions about “pie-ling” on calories from pies! Each of the participating venues will serve both a savory and sweet pie, including a number of unusual galettes, tarts, pot pies, pizza pies, even a grilled pie and quiches too.
To date more than 20 Rockland venues, have signed on to participate in Pies on Parade and the list is growing. Not to be outdone by inns and restaurants, a number of additional Rockland, ME businesses have signed on for the “Pie-rade” including the Maine Lighthouse Museum, Maine Audubon Puffin Project & FIORE Olive Oils & Vinegars.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry. Over the past nine years, more than $100,000 has been donated from this event to help provide food for Midcoast families.
While walking between venues helps to burn calories, Schooner Bay Taxi will provide shuttle service at designated stops, making it more efficient to hit as many pie stops as possible. Tour goers are encouraged to park at the Lincoln Street Center for the Arts, chosen for its central location, then walk or catch the trolley to restaurants or inns from there.
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
- Two personal pies baked just for you
- One 2016 commemorative Pies on Parade poster
- A $50 Midcoast Money voucher for dinner on Saturday at a choice of many area restaurants.
- Top Tips for Surviving the Pie-Fest from veteran Pie Paraders
- Two tickets to an exclusive discussion at the Island Institute on Saturday, January 30th from 12:15-2:15
- Two tickets to a special Bay Chamber concert and pie tasting at Granite Inn on Saturday, January 30th from 2:30-3:30
- 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 11am and will feature “Lite Pies”
- Invitation to our Silent Auction from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Saturday the 30th from 5-7.
Book a 3rd night and get 25% discount on the 3rd night. 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 31st only including one night accommodations, a post-pie tour breakfast, two tickets to the Pie Tour, 2016 commemorative poster, two personally baked pies and the Top Tips for Surviving the Pie-Fest from Veteran Pie Paraders. One night packages will only be accepted for booking after January 15, 2016.
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 reuseable 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 and washed for use the following year. Wherever possible, pies will be made from locally purchased products. All proceeds will remain in Rockland to provide food and heating assistance for Midcoast Maine families through the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry.