National Pie Day is a special day set aside to bake or buy, and then eat pies. The American Pie Council is on record for creating the day to simply celebrate the pie. Charlie Papazian, writer for aerochug.com, takes credit for founding National Pie Day in 1975. While the jury is still out regarding the origin of the day, National Pie Day is an incentive to get into the kitchen with your family and friends and try out a new pie recipe, or bake an existing favorite.
If baking isn’t your thing, there’s no shame in purchasing a store bought pie. The pie possibilities are endless. The offerings at local supermarkets range from the simple to the sublime. Publix Supermarkets sell over 21 pie flavors. Traditional pie flavors include Apple (pictured above), Pumpkin, Peach, and Pecan. Mango Key Lime, Strawberry Rhubarb, Cherry Blueberry, Gourmet Apple Raisin Walnut and the Chocolate Pecan Pie (pictured below) are just a few of the more distinctive flavors available at Publix. Some of their pies are available year round, others are seasonal. The pies come ready to eat from the bakery, or some pies can be purchased from the freezer section for customers to bake at home at their convenience.
There’s also a way to celebrate National Pie Day and help out a good cause at the same time. In honor of National Pie Day, Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando is offering guests a free slice of pie with every entree sold at its restaurants. Also, from January 18, 2010 through January 23, 2010 Rosen Centre will be donating $2 for every whole Key Lime and Sugar-Free Apple pie that they sell to Homefront Hugs USA. Homefront Hugs is a non-profit, Florida based organization dedicated to supporting U.S. troops and their families. To order a Rosen Centre pie, or for more details call Priscilla Malave at: 407-996-8560.
The 2010 Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco will be held just a few miles north of Lakeland in Celebration, Florida from April 23, 2010 through April 25, 2010. Florida becomes the “Pie Capital of the World” during that event. Check back for more information regarding the pie festival as April approaches.
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Special thanks to Publix Supermarket for the pie images used in this article.