Pies on Parade
This Sunday in Rockland, the pies have it. The 5th annual Pies on Parade and Inn-to-Inn Pie Tour kicks off at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 with a tour de pie featuring a number of regional businesses. The inns of Rockland each will offer both a sweet and savory pie, including such traditional favorites as cherry, apple and berry pies, as well as more exotic variations such as a raspberry cheese pie, a kiwi berry tart, and a sun-dried tomato and goat cheese breakfast pie. A number of restaurants will also offer pies and all participating inns and restaurants will give recipes for their concoctions. New this year, the pie tour goes green, as attendees will enjoy pie served with biodegradable plates made of all-natural sugar-cane stalks, and disposable silverware created from organic resins and potatoes. Tickets for the Pies on Parade Inn-to-Inn Pie Tour are $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under, and proceeds benefit the Rockland Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program. For a full list of participating inns and other details, visit www.historicinnsofrockland.com, or call 1-877-ROC-INNS.
The food in your spoon won’t be the only thing that’s hot this winter, if some folks in Northeast Harbor get their way. For the seventh consecutive winter, chili connoisseurs from all over Mount Desert Island and beyond will converge in Northeast Harbor for The Neighborhood House’s annual Chili Challenge cookoff and community dinner. The celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, with prizes awarded in four categories: spiciest, most creative, vegetarian, as well as best overall. Last year, there were more than 30 pots of chili and more than 150 people in attendance. For the first time, the festivities will be co-sponsored by Harbor House Community Service Center, and proceeds will benefit the Campfire Coalition heating oil assistance program. Admission is $5; for details, call 276-5039.
The Orono Farmers Market, one of the best local farmers markets around, starts its annual Winter Market this Saturday. From 9 a.m. to noon in the municipal parking lot behind Pat’s Pizza and the Bear Brew Pub, vendors will be set up, selling organic meat, dairy, bread and frozen blueberries and vegetables. Maple syrup and jams and preserves will also be on sale. For details, or to reserve your own spot, call 338-1265.