Jan. 23 is National Pie Day, according to the American Pie Council. The Historic Inns of Rockland will celebrate pie with the sixth annual Pies on Parade Inn-to-Inn Pie Tour on Jan. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. The Historic Inns of Rockland are LimeRock Inn, Granite Inn, Berry Manor Inn and Captain Lindsey House.

Along with a collection of recipes to take home and samples of more than 40 different pies, the inns will offer tours of common areas and some guest rooms. The event will be held rain, snow or shine. In June 2007, the Food Network named Rockland Pie Town USA when renowned chef Bobby Flay came to challenge the Pie Moms to a Throwdown.

To live up to the Pie Town USA reputation, a number of Rockland restaurants and shops will offer samplings of everything from chicken potpie to pizza pie, and trolley service between all of the participating businesses will be provided by All Aboard Trolley.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry. During the past five years, nearly $20,000 has been donated from the event to help provide food for Midcoast families. With this year’s donation, Historic Inns of Rockland expects to make it to the $25,000 donation mark.

Those visiting Historic Inns of Rockland during the Jan. 24 Pies on Parade Inn-to-Inn Tour will be treated to a sweet and a savory pie at each inn, including traditional favorites such as cherry, apple and berry pies. For those who care for something a little less traditional, pies such as raspberry cheese pie, kiwi berry tart, or sun dried tomato and goat cheese breakfast pie, key Limerock pie and possibly even a seafood pie will be offered, along with their recipes so tour-goers can make them at home.

As a bonus, Rockland businesses will offer tour-goers samplings and the chance to learn more about their winter menus.

To date 17 venues, have signed on and the list is growing. They include: Pastry Garden, Lemon Meringue Tartlets and Spinach Ricotta Pie; Amalfi on the Water, Seafood Pie and White Chocolate Mousse Pie; Café Miranda, Signature Mojo Pizza Pie; Lily’s Bistro, Potato and Bacon and Peach Tart Tatan; Bricks, Pizza Pie; Rheal Day Spa, Not Too Sweet Potato Pie (gluten free) and Lavender, Honey & Yogurt Pie (no refined sugar);

Berry Manor Inn, Raspberry Pie, Blueberry Pie and Savory Pies; Captain Lindsey House, Cornish Pasty and Creamy Chocolate Silk Pie; LimeRock Inn, Key LimeRock Pie and Pizza Rustica (Italian meat) Pie; Granite Inn, Cheesy Breakfast Pie and Cranberry Apple Pie; Waterworks Restaurant, Shepherds Pie; Rustica, Sweet and Savory Italian Gallettes; Rockland Café, Mini Whoopie Pies; Brown Bag, to be announced; Thorndike Creamery, ice cream surprise; Park Street Grille, Tex Mex Takes On Pie; and Project Puffin Visitor Center, Cream Puffin Pies.

New for 2010, tour-goers staying at the inns will be treated to an exclusive tour of Audubon’s Project Puffin Center featuring Puff(in) Pastry Pies and another exclusive tour of the Maine Lighthouse Museum with Lite Pies. Additionally, those staying at the inns will be invited to an exclusive wine and pie tasting at the Wine Cellar.

All inns and participating businesses are within walking distance of one another; however, All Aboard Trolley will provide complimentary shuttle service between each of the pie stops.

Tickets for the Pies on Parade Inn-to-Inn Tour are $25 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger. Tickets sell out quickly, and are available from participating inns only (not additional participating Rockland businesses). Tickets include a keepsake recipe collection and plenty of pie to sample. To order tickets in advance, call 877-762-4667.

Weekend packages – including two nights accommodations, breakfast each morning of the stay, complimentary personal pie for each guest upon arrival, exclusive tours of the Puffin Project and Lighthouse Museum and associated exclusive pie tastings, a wine and pie tasting, a copy of the Historic Inns of Rockland cookbook, “INNdulgences,” which includes original pie recipes, along with two tickets to the Pies on Parade Inn-to-Inn Tour, plus $50 in Midcoast Money for dinner on the town and a complimentary Pies on Parade commemorative poster – are $315-605 per couple. Book a third night and get a 25 percent discount off regular nightly rates. For more information about Historic Inns of Rockland, visit historicinnsofrockland.com or call 877-762-4667.