Pies on Parade's 16th annual weekend arriving Jan. 24

Jan 10, 2020
Courtesy of: PJ Walter Photography These puffin cream pies pictured here were part of the previous Pies on Parade.

Rockland — Rockland, dubbed “Pie Town, USA” by the Food Network, is living up to its name as planning is underway for the annual Pies on Parade Pie-A-Thon to celebrate National Pie Day, which is celebrated every Jan. 23. Rockland and Camden will go pie-crazy for the weekend of Jan. 24 through Jan. 26.

There will be three events highlighting the Pies on Parade Weekend:

-A Friday night Silent Auction and Pie Gala

-The Saturday Pie Scavenger Hunt in Camden

-The 16th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour Sunday

Best of all, money raised during these events go to help Midcoast Maine families who are facing food insecurity and need help this winter through the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, Energy Assistance and Child Hunger programs and One Less Worry.

Silent Auction at Rock Harbor Tap Room

Kick start the pie weekend with a silent auction, pie samplings, food, music, brewery tours and cash bar at the new Rock Harbor Tap Room and Brewery, located at 5 Payne Avenue, Rockland. Money raised will benefit the AIO Food Pantry, Energy Assistance and Child Hunger programs and One Less Worry.

There will also be a raffle and $20 tickets to be entered into a drawing to win lodging packages and stays along the Coast of Maine.

Saturday Scavenger Hunt in Camden

Saturday afternoon, Camden businesses will host a pie-themed scavenger hunt as part of the Pies on Parade weekend Jan. 26. Explore downtown Camden, collect clues and sample pie all while learning about food insecurity in Maine. Submit a completed entry form for a chance to win several prize baskets with gifts from local Camden businesses.

The Camden Public Library will also be showing a pie-themed movie, "Chicken Run", at 1 p.m. No ticket is required.

Sunday is the 16th Annual Pies on Parade in Rockland

For the headliner event, the Historic Inns of Rockland are joined by Rockland and Camden businesses and restaurants to welcome hungry pie eaters to Rockland’s downtown for the Pies on Parade Pie Tour Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. Pie lovers will sample more than 35 different pies at multiple businesses, restaurants and inns throughout Rockland. Move aside Mom’s apple pie, Rockland’s inns, businesses and restaurants will serve up everything from Shepherd’s Pie and gourmet pizza pies to sweet and savory galettes, seafood pies, egg pies, whoopie pies and the signature Key LimeRock Pie.

Although walking between venues helps to burn calories, All Aboard Trolley will provide free transportation at designated stops, making it more efficient to hit as many pie stops as possible, especially those on either end of town.

Tickets sell out quickly, and the way to get them is through Pies on Parade lodging packages offered by the three Historic Inns of Rockland, which are all within walking distance of the Rockland Pies on Parade tour and are on the trolley stops along the pie path. Participating Camden inns including the Captain Swift Inn, Hawthorn Inn, and Towne Motel. Two and three-night packages include guaranteed tickets to all weekend events and extras like a 16th annual commemorative poster and two personal pies.

Attend both the Scavenger Hunt in Camden and the Rockland Pie-on-Parade – a two-day Combo Ticket is $40 for adults; $15 for children 10 and under.

Saturday scavenger hunt tickets are $15 per person with children under 10 years of age are free, or purchase a multi-event ticket for the weekend.

Sunday tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under.

Tickets Benefit Non-Profits

Over the past 15 years, more than $235,000 has been donated to AIO from this event to help provide food for Midcoast families. Pies on Parade is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.

AIO is a non-profit organization that provides food and energy assistance to any and all families and individuals in need throughout Knox County. They are neighbors and hard-working families trying to make ends meet. Some face unexpected medical issues. Many are elderly and have worked hard but now struggle on a limited income. Rising healthcare and energy costs, as well as other household expenses, present further challenges. For more information, visit aiofoodpantry.org.

In addition to supporting AIO, Pies on Parade also provides support to OLW. OLW provides personal care necessities and grooming products to those in need. Purchasing everyday necessities is a challenge for many people in our community and OLW is here to help. For more information, visit onelessworry.me.

For more information, visit PiesOnParade.com or call 596-6611.

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