Great American Pie Festival
By Andrea Hewitt
The 11th annual Great American Pie Festival was held April 28-29, 2012 at Lakeside Park in in beautiful Celebration, Florida.
The highlight of the event, which is sponsored by Crisco®, is without a doubt the Never-Ending Pie Buffet. For $10, ($5 for children and seniors), festival attendees can purchase a wrist band which allows them all access to the all-you-can eat pie buffet.
At the Pie Festival, patrons are treated to award winning pies from a number of restaurants and bakeries, including Baker’s Square Restaurants & Pies, Bonert’s Slice of Pie, California Raisin Marketing Board, Village Inn and many more. Ice cream, toppings, and beverages are provided by Publix Supermarkets, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Smuckers.
The festival features entertainment in the forms of local and national recording artists, comedians, and authors throughout the weekend. Another feature is the Challenge of the Iron Pie Makers, were teams have a limited time to create a pie using secret ingredients that are unveiled on stage.
At the Crisco booth, attendees are given the opportunity to make their own pies and get Crisco® Pie tips from Chef Michele Stuart.
The American Pie Council hosts the National Pie Championships, in which amateur, professional and junior chefs compete for the prize of Best Pie. Other activities offered at this years festival include pie decorating, pie tin art contests, and of course, a Pie Eating Contest.
Besides pie, there are a multitude of other food vendors, and arts and crafts booths to visit during the festival.
Click here for the 2012 Festival Program, which provides a schedule of events and a map of the festival.
Whether your favorite pie is pecan, lemon meringue, chocolate mousse, or traditional apple, the Great American Pie Festival is the festival for you. Bring your appetite- who knows, you just might discover a new favorite.