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By Wayne Lazarus on January 20th, 2011

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

If the end of the holidays leaves you missing some of those wonderful desserts – fear not! January provides yet one more excuse to bake (or eat) or even better – travel. January 23 is National Pie Day — not to be confused with Pi Day, which is 3/14. Several places in the U. S. celebrate pie in a big way.
Cherry pie“Pie Town USA,” otherwise known as Rockland, Maine, will hold its 7th annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour — to include not just dessert pies, but Shepherd’s Pies, Whoopie Pies, Seafood pies, Italian Galetes. Tickets for the tour of pies are $25 each and include visits to historic inns and other businesses in town. Visitors can walk or take the All Aboard Trolley. Make your reservations in Rockport or Camden for the Pies on Parade Pie Tour.
In Columbus, Ohio, National Pie Day is celebrated not by eating but by throwing pies. The American Pie Party schedules celebrities willing to have a whipped cream pie thrown in their face and charges $10 for the privilege. Proceeds go to the cancer societies.
If you’re a cook, bake one. Or a few. The American Pie Council suggests that National Pie Day is a perfect time to recognize our community heroes. Maybe share your pies with the local fire fighters or police officers. The APC also suggests that pies are the new restaurant trend for 2011. Goodbye, Cupcake.
festivalToo busy in January to bake or find a pie celebration? You don’t have to miss out. The 2011 APC Crisco National Pie Championship is scheduled April 8-10 in Orlando. Last year there were 417 commercial, 179 professional, 321 amateur and seven junior entries. Imagine having to judge 907 pies!
There will be a lot of pie in nearby Celebration April 9-10 for the tenth annual Great American Pie Festival. The festival includes cooking demonstrations and tips from chefs, pie-eating contests, children’s activities and one of the most popular events: the never ending pie buffet, expected to have 83,000 slices of pie. Make your reservations in Orlando for both the Pie Championship and the Pie Festival.

Photos: Courtesy American Pie Council. Used with permission.

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