Celebrate National Pie Day

Pie all-around

Break out the rolling pin and pie tin. Jan. 23 is National Pie Day.

The light-hearted holiday, celebrated for more than 15 years, was created by the National Pie Council which holds an annual national pie-making contest.

Rockland, Maine, also known as “Pie Town USA,” is living up to its name as it plans for its 10th annual pie-a-thon to celebrate National Pie Day. The whole town will go pie-crazy on Sunday when the Historic Inns of Rockland are joined by businesses and restaurants to welcome pie-eating fans for the 10th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour.

Ticket-holders get to sample more than 45 different pies at restaurants and inns throughout the town and tour common areas and some guest rooms at the inns.

Also this year, the National Pie Council and Paramount Pictures are partnering to promote the Jason Reitman-directed film “Labor Day” with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. The partnership came about because a pie-making scene in the movie “exemplifies the importance of passing down skills such as baking through the generations,” a message at the core of the APC’s mission, a pie council spokeswoman said.

If you want to join the celebration, try out some of these yummy, diet-busting pie recipes, including one from a 2006 Rockland, Maine, historic inn.