Pies parade their way back to Rockland

Posted Jan. 03, 2012, at 12:58 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Rockland businesses will dish out slices from about 50 different pies from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, during the city’s annual Pies on Parade Tour.

Sure, there will be the apple and pumpkin pies for traditionalists, but as the pie parade enters its eighth year, midcoast cooks have gotten more and more adventurous. Tarts, pizzas and quiches all stretch the definition of pie to accommodate eaters with savory palates along with those who have a sweet tooth.

Tickets, which are $25 for adults and $10 for children, allow participants to sample the different pies at restaurants and inns throughout Rockland and enjoy tours of common areas and some guest rooms at the inns.

Proceeds from the event are earmarked for a local food bank. The parade plans to bring in about $10,000 for the Area Interfaith Outreach pantry this year through ticket sales.

Among the offerings, the Captain Lindsey House downtown will serve Cornish meat pastries. A couple blocks down Main Street, The Granite Inn will serve slices of crab quiche. The Berry Manor Inn must stick to what it knows — namely blueberries and raspberries — but who can argue with tradition after the innkeepers gained attention for their berry pies when Food Network’s Bobby Flay challenged them to a bake-off on national television in 2007. The ladies who run the Berry Manor Inn also will have egg pies for participants.

Tickets are on sale at local historic inns. For information, visit historicinnsofrockland.com/pies-on-parade.

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