Pie and Story Festival to celebrate 10 years
Belfast — Sweet and savory will be the flavors of the day, as the 10th annual Waldo County Pie and Story Festival kicks off Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Belfast Boathouse.
The festival, which started in 2003 during Belfast’s sesquicentennial celebration, quickly grew into a yearly tradition, as pie enthusiasts competed to earn praise and prizes for their sweet or savory concoctions, and local entertainers regaled the crowds with song and stories.
“It’s a very wonderful family event,” Jennifer Armstrong, festival emcee, said.
For those who want to test their culinary skills, the festival hosts a pie contest to determine the winner in several different categories. This year’s categories include “Yummy Mess,” “Most Unusual Pie,” “Most Beautiful Pie” and “Best Pie Ever,” Armstrong said.
This year there is also a gluten-free section, Armstrong said.
Festival attendees can purchase slices of pie for $1 each and then vote on their favorite pies by secret ballot. Armstrong noted the “Yummy Mess” category is dominated by Tim W., who has won for the past five years. His winning combination is a chocolate pie with generous helpings of whipped cream, pieces of candy and Oreo cookies, which is a real crowd-pleaser, Armstrong said.
“All of the kids vote for it,” she said.
A chocolate mousse pie on a bed of grass appropriately named “cow pie” also earned top marks during the festival, Armstrong said.
Armstrong said prizes will also be awarded for the best local ingredient pie.
If you favor savory over sweet, Armstrong said more savory pies are appearing at the festival each year, including a Guinness beef pie and a sausage-kale pie.
For those interested in competing in the contest, Armstrong said organizers would like all pies to arrive by noon on Sunday if possible. A list of the ingredients used in the pies is also required.
While attendees enjoy the pie selection, they can listen to local storyteller Gussie Vaughn, hear Prentice Grassie do recitations from the works of Holman Day, watch Morty Hanson juggle, and hear the Hatfield Family and Willy and Clayton Clementson, the musical guests for the event.
Sunday’s festival will conclude with a whole pie auction.
The festival runs from 1 to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Admission to the event is free. The festival is sponsored by the Belfast Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Belfast Co-op.
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