Sweet, sustainable way to feed Midcoast families

Jan 15, 2013
Photo by: PJ Walter A $25 Pies on Parade ticket buys 15 meals for a hungry Maine family.

Rockland — With less than two weeks left before the 9th Annual Pies on Parade Tour in Rockland, the innkeepers at Historic Inns of Rockland are busy getting ready.

Each of the 15 or so businesses planning to participate, including the founding members Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn, Captain Lindsey House and Granite Inn, will be serving a sweet and a savory pie sampling.

While visitors will still get traditional favorites like Mom’s apple pie and good old American cherry and blueberry pies, there will also be others surprises; shepherd’s pie, whoopie pies, pizza pies, meat, seafood and egg pies are all on the list. For example, last year Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars served up a pie with healthy olive oil defying all preconceived notions about “pie-ling” on calories from these delicious desserts. But there’s even more to this event than eating pie.

It’s an event with good causes in mind, so tour-goers will not only enjoy fabulous pies, but will help others put pie on their tables in an event that’s sustainable too.

This is no pie-in-the-sky event. Beyond celebrating National Pie Day there’s a larger reason for the annual Pies on Parade Event. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Pies on Parade go to helping hungry families put food on the table. All proceeds from ticket sales for Pies on Parade benefit the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program. During the past eight years, more than $50,000 has been donated to AIO’s Food Pantry from this event to help provide food for Midcoast families. With this year’s donation, Historic Inns of Rockland expect to make it to the $60,000 total donation mark over the tenure of this event.

Each $25 ticket follows the 3-4-5 formula: Each $25 ticket translates to three meals a day for a family of four for five days. That’s 15 meals for Maine’s hungry families from each ticket sale. Since all proceeds from Pies on Parade are donated to the AIO Food Pantry, participants can feel good knowing their day of pie-joyment will provide 15 meals to hungry families on Maine’s Midcoast.

And while we’re focusing in on the do-good from this event, let’s not forget about its sustainability. Recognized among the top 10 eco-friendly inns in the U.S. by BedandBreakfast.com, and continuing their commitment as Certified Maine Hospitality Environmental Leaders, Historic Inns of Rockland (organizers and founders of Pies on Parade) will take the green theme beyond the Key LimeRock Pie. Tour-goers 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. And participants can park and walk to all venues, or enjoy free public transportation provided by All Aboard Trolley. This is an event that leaves as small a footprint on the environment as possible.

Two great causes achieved by one event that allows tour-goers to enjoy nearly 40 different pies too. Tickets are on sale now and going fast. Day tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under and all funds from tickets sales go directly to the local food pantry.

Tickets are still available from participating inns only (not additional participating Rockland businesses) or by calling 877-762-4667 or locally 596-6611 to reserve ahead.

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