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7th Annual Pie-a-Thon is January 23

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National Pie day is January 23, 2011, so it’s perfectly logical that the whole town of Rockland, Maine, goes “pie-wild” to celebrate. (After all, this is the town dubbed “Pie Town USA” by the Food Network when Bobby Flay visited for a pie throwdown.)

Its seventh annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour features savory, sweet and healthy pies from 1 to 5 p.m. that day. The Historic Inns of Rockland are joined by Rockland businesses and restaurants to welcome hungry pie eaters to the town. Along with a collection of recipes to take home and samples of more than 45 different pies at restaurants and inns throughout Rockland, the inns will offer tours of common areas and some guest rooms.

Tickets for the Pies on Parade Inn-to-Inn Tour are $25 for adults and $10 for children ten and under. Tickets are available from participating inns only (not at the additional participating Rockland businesses), and include a keepsake recipe collection and plenty of pie to sample.

Never attended a pie tour? This is not, ahem, your average pie-in-the-sky event. Rockland’s inns and restaurants will serve up everything from Shepherd’s Pie and a number of gourmet Pizza Pies to sweet and savory Italian Galettes and seafood pies. Look for fruit pies at the Berry Manor Inn and the Brown Bag. Captain Lindsey House will serve their signature Cornish Meat Pasties and LimeRock Inn will offer their tried-and-true Pizza Rustica and Key LimeRock pies. There’s even a healthy option using Fiore’s imported olive oils. Each of the participating venues will serve both a savory and sweet pie, including a number of unusual galettes, tarts and quiches too.

To date nearly 20 venues, have signed on and the list is growing. Here is a sneak preview of the pies being served at the 2011 Pies on Parade Tour:

* Amalfi on the Water: Seafood Pie and Chocolate Mousse Pie
* Berry Manor Inn: Mushroom, Spinach & Goat Cheese Pie and assorted sweet and sugar-free pies
* Black Bull Tavern: Mincemeat Pie
* Bricks Pizza: Navarro Pizza with Spinach, Chorizo & Mozzarella, White Chocolate Chip Macaroon Pie
* The Brown Bag: Mini Quiche, Blueberry Pie
* Café Miranda: Savory Focaccia Pies, Cocoa Crust with Mascarpone & Apples
* Captain Lindsey House: Meat Pasties, Fruit Tart, Pecan Pie
* Clan MacLaren: John Henry “Pie Iron) (cheddar, turkey, tomato), Maxwood “Pie Iron” (roast beef and cheddar)
* Fiore Olive Oils: Meyer Lemon Whoopie Pies
* Granite Inn: Lobster Quiche, Lemon Curd Tarts
* In Good Company: Assorted Pizzettes
* Lighthouse Museum: Savory Breakfast Pies
* Lily Bistro: Cider Braised Pork Brioche, Pear Brioche Tart
* LimeRock Inn: Pizza Rustica, Key LimeRock Pie
* Park Street Grille: Roast Pork Tenderloin Quesadilla, Chipolte Pecan Tartlet with Kahlua Cream
* Pastry Garden: Mystery Pie
* Project Puffin Center: Cream Puffin Sweetie Pies
* Rock City Books: Butternut Squash/Blue Cheese Tart, Red Berry Pie
* Rockland Café: Whoopie Pies
* Rustica: TBD
* Sweets & Meats: Mystery Savory Pie, Pecan Honey Pie
* Waterworks: Shepherd’s Pie

While walking between venues helps to burn calories, All Aboard Trolley will provide trolley service at designated stops. Note, Road Trips Foodies, that tour goers are encouraged to park at the Lincoln Street Center for the Arts, 24 Lincoln Street, Rockland, Maine, then walk or catch the trolley to restaurants or inns from there.

If you don’t want to head home pie-eyed, consider one of the packages created by Historic Inns of Rockland — especially since they include two tickets to the Pie-a-Thon (no worries about it selling out before you snag a spot). For more information , head online.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry.

(Photo courtesy of Rockland’s Pie-a-Thon)

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