In partnership with the American Pie Council (APC), the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) presented The Great American Pie Festival. In addition to live entertainment, complimentary refreshments, festival merchandise, and free prizes, the festival featured bakeries and APC members from across the country offering a variety of pies for attendees to sample.
“As people are walking the show floor, they can stop in for a slice of pie, talk a little bit about pie, and hopefully fall in love with pie,” said Linda Hoskins, APC executive director.
Among the many pie flavors attendees could sample were pecan, pumpkin, raspberry lemonade, caramel apple, and margarita.
The Great American Pie Festival is considered to be of special interest to buyers for supermarkets, restaurants, and other foodservice operations who purchase commercial pies for retail sale. Wholesalers also had the opportunity to assess the final products made with various cutting, filling, and baking equipment.