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Saturday, June 28th was the 5th Anniversary of the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival, and organizers estimate that over 7,500 people came to Dover-Foxcroft to celebrate. “We were thrilled by the record-breaking turnout,” said festival organizer Patrick Myers, “even if it caught us a bit off guard. We know folks had to wait in line a while to get at the Whoopie Pies, and we appreciate their patience.” Myers said that festival-goers filled downtown Dover-Foxcroft from one end to the other from 10am to 3pm.
Attendees at the festival had a lot to enjoy besides whoopie pies. The Piscataquis Regional YMCA put on their annual Earn Your Whoopie Pie 3k and Kid’s 1K fun run in the morning. The Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce organized a fantastic vendor and crafter area along with local downtown businesses. Varney Agency hosted the Kid’s Zone with rides and games for kids of all ages, Garelick Farms gave out free milk, and Whoopy Kat played live music all day long. The Festival also crowned their first ‘Big Whoop,’ Debbie Warren. Ms. Warren won a contest sponsored by Will’s Shop ‘n Save and Freedom House Bed and Breakfast receiving a fabulous prize package and the chance to be the Big Whoop for the day. The fun wasn’t just limited to the Festival as many businesses got in on the action. Will’s Shop ‘n Save, the official grocer of the festival, not only raffled off a 50lb whoopie pie, but also had 200 containers of Hood Whoopie Pie Ice Cream that they gave away over the course of the day.
Winning bakers for the festival included Governor’s Restaurant in the Traditional Category, the best flavored whoopie pie went to Al’s Pizza Blueberry w Cream Cheese Filling, the Healthy Whoopie Prize was awarded to Elaine’s Basket Café in Milo for their Yogi Healthy Oat Nut, Sweets Market was voted the best new baker by the festival judges, the R.M. Flagg Food Service Equipment Maine Made Whoopie Prize went to the Whoopie Pie Café for their Maine Blueberry Cheesecake and the Most Creative Whoopie Pie Name went to Levant Corner Store for their ‘Nuttin Better’ whoopie pie. The prestigious People’s Choice Award, voted on by those attending the festival, was won by Levant Corner Store, with Al’s Pizza coming in second, and Governor’s Restaurant third. Complete results are available at www.MaineWhoopiePieFestival.com.
Mr. Myers also wanted to thank everyone who made the festival possible. “It’s truly amazing how many businesses and organizations it takes to put on a party like this in a small town. We appreciate all their efforts and are already looking forward to next year. The date for the 2015 festival will by June 27th, 2015. The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival is a fundraiser for the Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, supporting their work to bring arts, culture and entertainment to their community.
Here’s a small sample of the sights and sounds of the 2014 Maine Whoopie Pie Festival. STAY TUNED for more updates on our winners, stats from the events, more pictures, and much, much more. Make sure to subscribe to this site for easy updates right in your inbox! Just find the “Email Subscription” box in the right-hand sidebar and follow the super-simple directions. With a tentative count of over 7500 attendees, the 2014 festival was by far the biggest and best one yet. We can’t wait for next year!!!
Allow us to start your day’s preparation with some food-related quotes. These will, without a doubt, get you “in the zone” and able to enjoy the entire festival at a higher level of consciousness. Barring that, they will make you chuckle on the way through the gate….SEE YOU AT THE FESTIVAL!
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”
― Julia Child
“Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don’t forget food. You can go a week without laughing.”
― Joss Whedon
If you’re like me, these last few hours are the most difficult. What with the constant mouth-watering, the vain attempts to control intake to save room for plenty o’ samples, the inability to sleep and the compulsive urge to blog…I’m sure you know how I feel. But enough about me, Here, watch this great news piece from WABI featuring Patrick Myers, some of our local bakers, AND the lovely and multi-talented Sweetie Pie, and then TRY to get some sleep, for the Festival comes tomorrow!!
Don’t Forget to start your Whoopie Pie Festival off right with the Piscataquis Regional YMCA’s Earn Your Whoopie Pie 3k and Kids 1K. If you didn’t register, show up early and urge the runners on. (See the Activities Tab for more info.) It’s a great way to start off the Sweetest Day in Maine. The first 100 registrants get a collectible t-shirt and winners get fabulous prizes and whoopie pies! Sponsored by J.D.Raymond Transport and Arnold Development Group. Whoopie!!!
The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival is proud to announce that Debbie Warren of Sebec is the winner of the Big Whoop contest sponsored by Will’s Shop ‘n Save and Freedom House Bed and Breakfast! Debbie’s coronation as the Big Whoop will take place on the Festival Music stage at about 10:15am on Saturday the 28th at which time she will also make her first official declaration as the Big Whoop. She will have a fun-filled day of official royal activities, including being an official festival judge, announcing the People’s Choice Award and spreading joy and whoopie wherever she goes in the festival. Congratulations to Debbie and thanks to Will’s Shop ‘n Save and Freedom House Bed and Breakfast!
Enjoy these links while you wait patiently for Saturday morning to arrive – See you at the Festival!