For the eleventh year in a row, the Great American Pie Festival will take place in Celebration on Saturdayand Sunday April 28 and 29. The free event will bring together thousands of pie lovers, tasters and bakers and as always, the Never-Ending Pie Buffet featuring award-winning pie, ice cream, toppings and beverages (extra cost).
The event will be presented by the American Pie Council (APC), an organization dedicated to preserving America’s pie heritage, and Crisco. The festival is a free-admission family-friendly event that attracted a record 32,000 pie lovers last year. Some of the activities include: Crisco Creation Station, pie tin art activity, and the Demonstration Stage sponsored by Village Inn and Bakers Square Restaurants, featuring entertainment and baking demonstrations with chefs from across the country. But the highlight is the 87,000 slice Never-Ending Pie Buffet which is up from 83,000 last year.
For $10 for adults and $5 for children under 5 and those over 65, you can enjoy all-you-can-eat pie provided by the nation’s leading commercial pie makers. Flavors vary from fruit to sweet potato, chocolate to custard, pumpkin to citrus, and nuts to berries. The award-winning slices are offered by local, regional and national commercial bakeries, restaurants and markets.
The festival will be held at Lakeside Park in downtown Celebration. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 28; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 29.
In addition to the festival, the 18th annual APC/Crisco 2012 National Pie Championships will be held April 27 to 29 at the Caribe Royal All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando. Commercial, professional, amateur and junior chef pie makers will test their tasty creations in a variety of categories.
Here’s a look at the festival from a previous year: