Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pies Take Center Stage Sunday, January 29th, Pies On Parade

ROCKLAND, MAINE HOLDS NEW ENGLAND’S LARGEST PIE TOUR TO RAISE MONEY FOR FOOD INSUFFICIENT MIDCOAST MAINERS & CELEBRATE NATIONAL PIE DAY
13th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour features sweet and savory pies to help raise important funds for the AIO Food Pantry. Tickets on sale starting Nov 26th.

Rockland, Maine – Rockland, dubbed “Pie Town USA” by the Food Network, is living up to its name as planning is underway for the 13th annual pie-a-thon to celebrate National Pie Day (National Pie Day is celebrated each year on Jan 23rd).   The town of Rockland, ME will go pie-crazy on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00pm when theHistoric Inns of Rockland are joined by as many as 20+ additional Rockland, ME businesses and restaurants to welcome hungry pie eaters to the town for the 13th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour.  Hungry pie lovers will sample more than 50 different pies at over 25 businesses, restaurants and inns throughout Rockland.

Tickets sell out quickly, and the best way to get yours is through Pies on Parade lodging packages offered by the three Historic Inns of Rockland (Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn and Granite Inn) including guaranteed tickets, special extras like wine and pie pairings, special pie concerts and receptions, admittance to a Silent Auction and pie celebration on Saturday evening and two personal pies awaiting your arrival. Day tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children ten and under and all funds from tickets sales go directly to the local food pantry.  Tickets are available from participating inns (not additional participating Rockland businesses) starting November 26, 2016 by calling 207-596-6611 to reserve ahead.  Since tickets sell out each year, it’s a good idea to call soon to reserve your chance to enjoy this fabulous pie-a-thon. Special Pies on Parade packages can be booked at participating inns now until they are sold out.

This is not your average pie-in-the-sky event. Move aside Mom’s apple pie, Rockland’s inns,
businesses and restaurants will serve up everything from Shepherds Pie and a number of gourmet pizza pies to sweet and savory galettes, seafood pies, egg 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 traditional fruit pies like apple, raspberry and blueberry pie along with savory egg pies at the Berry Manor Inn and perhaps a 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. In past years Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars has served up a beautiful pie with healthy olive oil and Rheal Day Spa has served sugar-free and lavender yogurt pies, defying all preconceived notions about “pie-ling” on calories from these delicious desserts! Most of the 25 anticipated participating businesses will serve both a savory and sweet pie, including a number of unusual galettes, tarts, quiches, pot pies, pizza pies, shepherds pies, and in the past even a grilled pie.

At least 25 Rockland venues are expected to participate in Pies on Parade and the list is growing this year in celebration of the 13th year of this event. 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 MuseumMaine Audubon Project Puffin Visitor CenterFriends of Maine Coastal Islands, and Bartlett Woods Retirement Community. Plus, while walking between venues helps to burn calories, Schooner Bay Taxi will provide transportation at designated stops, making it more efficient to hit as many pie stops as possible, especially those on either end of town. 

All proceeds from Pies on Parade benefit the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry & Fuel Assistance Program. Over the past twelve years, more than $134,000 has been donated to AIO’s Food Pantry from this event to help provide food for Midcoast families. Pies on Parade is the food pantry’s largest fundraiser of the year, providing enough funds to feed 100 hungry families for a full year. 

Each $30 ticket follows the 3-4-5 formula: a $30 ticket translates to 3 meals a day for a family of 4 for 5 days!  Since all proceeds from Pies on Parade are donated to the AIO Food Pantry, you can feel good knowing your day of pie-joyment will provide 60 meals to hungry families on Maine’s Midcoast.

Additionally, a Silent Auction will be held at the Trackside Restaurant on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 5-7pm.  Look for overnight getaways, gift certificates, products, live music and entertainment, plus much more.  There will even be special pie-themed cocktails featured. All proceeds will benefit the AIO Food Pantry & Fuel Assistance Program.

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 2017 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
  • 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 11:30am which will feature “Lite Pies”
  • Invitation to our Silent Auction from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Saturday the 28th.
  • Other Pie-themed events - TBA

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 29th only including one night accommodations, a post-pie tour breakfast, two tickets to the Pie Tour, 2017 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, 2017.

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 reusable 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.

Pies on Parade is presented by the Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine with help from broadcast sponsor Blueberry Broadcasting. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com. To purchase tickets, call 207- 596-6611.

About Historic Inns of Rockland, ME
Historic Inns of Rockland is comprised of three distinctive inns located in Rockland, Maine’s historic district.  Each offering a unique experience and décor from modern urban chic to Victorian or European styled, the three Historic Inns of Rockland offer haute hospitality within easy strolling distance of Rockland’s thriving downtown restaurant, shopping and museum district and waterfront.  From luxury to pet and kid-friendly, Historic Inns of Rockland are the ideal home base for exploring all that Midcoast Maine has to offer. For more information, 
visit www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com or call 207-596-6611 to order tickets in advance or consult each participating inn’s website for more specific pricing and details of this package: LimeRock Inn (www.LimeRockinn.com), Berry Manor Inn (www.BerryManorInn.com), or Granite Inn (www.oldgraniteinn.com ).

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