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Great American Pie Festival in Celebration, FL

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Great American Pie Festival in Celebration, FL

Great American Pie Festival

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Pie Lovers Worldwide Lured by 83,000-Slice Never Ending Pie Buffet, Prestigious Baking Competition and Family Fun.

What are the dates for the Great American Pie Festival?
This year's event will be held April 28 and 29, 2012

Where will the Great American Pie Festival be held?
The festival will be held at Towne Center in Celebration, FL

What is the cost for the Great American Pie Festival?
The only paid event at the festival is the Never Ending Pie Buffet. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors over 65 and children under 5 to enjoy all they care of eat and drink.  All other activities are free.

New Categories for the 2012 Great American Pie Festival:
Three new categories have been created to reflect the sign of the times.

  • A “Gluten-free” category requiring a pie that is gluten-free in all aspects including crust, filling and toppings: “Crisco Innovation” category sponsored by Crisco in honor of the brand’s 100th Anniversary this year.
  • The “Innovation” pie requires a blend of classic and contemporary innovative pie making technique and pie flavor selections.
  • Finally a “Royal Wedding” pie suitable for a soon-to-be-married Prince William and Kate Middleton rounds out the third new category. The pie’s the limit with all three of the new categories as well as familiar favorites.

Each year, pie lovers, tasters and bakers gather in Celebration, FL for two very sweet days at the APC Great American Pie Festival. This pie extravaganza dishes up luscious layers of fun for the young and the young at heart. Whether looking to enjoy some of the most delectable desserts in America or simply partake in one of the many entertainment and baking demonstrations staged along Main Street in one of America’s most charming small towns, attendees are sure to enjoy pure pie perfection.

From top crust to two crust, juicy to sweet, chocolate to custard all matter of flavors and fillings will flow forth for two full days in April to the delight of an anticipated 28,000 pie lovers from around the world.

Presented by the American Pie Council® (APC) – an organization dedicated to preserving America’s pie heritage – the popular free festival returns to Celebration with all the activities that have made it a favorite event for families.

Whether bonafide pie lovers or casual nibblers looking for an afternoon of fun, Orlando residents and visitors are invited to stroll through the free-admission festival and enjoy two days of family fun, reminiscent of days gone by. The Crisco® Kids Creation Station will give aspiring young bakers an opportunity to create their own pies or enjoy some fun with pie decorating, pie-scaping, Piecasso tin art at the Piecasso stage and many more activities! The Pietopia Demonstration Stage sponsored by Village Inn and Bakers Square Restaurants will feature entertainment and baking demonstrations with chefs from across the country. Of course, the Great American Pie Festival would not be complete without a pie eating contest, sponsored by Private Selection. Attendees may opt to dig in and compete or simply sit back and enjoy the show. All festival events will be held both days.

As the festival favorite, the Never Ending Pie Buffet will once again feature an all you can eat smorgasbord of 83,000 award-winning pie slices -- ice cream, toppings and beverages from local, regional and national commercial bakeries, restaurants and markets. This is the only paid event at the festival.

Entry forms are available online for junior, amateur, professional and commercial divisions. Entry costs are free for juniors and $15 for amateurs. APC members receive discounts on entries.

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