If you like pie, you’ll love Pies on Parade, Sunday, Jan. 22, 1-5 p.m., in Rockland, Maine, dubbed Pie Town USA by the Food Network. The annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour, sponsored by the Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine, is a double treat: Not only do participants get to eat every type of pie imaginable, but they also help support the local Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry.
Here's how it works. Purchase a $25 ticket (or take advantage of one of the packages offered by the inns), arm yourself with a fork, then visit more than 20 downtown venues for sampling portions of 45 different pies: sweet and savory traditional pies, as well as galettes, tarts, pot pies, pizza pies, seafood pies, quiches, and more. You can walk site to site or hop on and off the free trolley. Rain, snow, ice, sleet, nothing stops this event from happening: Hundreds of pies have been baked. Since its inception, nearly $50,000 has been raised to help feed the hungry.
Tickets for the tour alone sell out quickly; $25 adults, $10 kid 10 and younger. To order tickets in advance, call 1-877-ROC-INNS (877-762-4667).
Two-night packages available at the sponsoring inns range $345-495 per double room and include lodging, daily breakfasts, event tickets, two personal-sized pies, a $50 voucher for dinner valid at a number of area restaurants, admission and exclusive tour of the Owls Head Transportation Museum, and more. One-night packages begin at $185.
The four member inns—The Berry Manor, Captain Lindsey, Granite Inn, and Limerock Inn—were all built between 1835 and 1898 and are located intown. These aren’t home-stay B&BS, all are historic homes turned into boutique inns, complete with all the whistles and bells: private rooms, private baths, common areas, Wifi, abundant breakfasts. Some have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. One is especially kid and pet friendly.
Photo of lobster quiche at 2011 Pies on Parade event/Hilary Nangle for The Boston Globe