Sunday, April 28, 2013

Neverending Pie Buffet (Review)

The Great American Pie Festival is an annual event held in Orlando and Kissimmee. It's a multiday affair, with pie baking, judging, and competitions. There are also cooking demos, entertainment, and a host raft of events at a hotel (the Caribe Royale). But for many, the signature event is the all you can eat pie buffet, which is exactly what it sounds like. For $10, you can gorge until you can eat no more.

There's pie from perhaps a dozen bakers (most of them national brands, but I didn't know all the names, so some might be local), all set up on tables. You stroll up, grab one or more in plastic clamshells, and move to the next booth to repeat. There must have been a few dozen different varieties, between all the booths.

Your $10 ticket includes a bottled water (or three or four, depending on how many tickets your cashier hand you), as well as unlimited coffee and iced coffee. The Publix booth offers ice cream (and some toppings), and the Cabot booth had cheese samples, a new thing this year. It had the longest lines.

The event is always popular, and this year it was more crowded than ever. If it hasn't already reached the maximum capacity for this location in Celebration, it's awfully close. The picnic area where it's held was overflowing this year.

As always, though, it was well worth the money. I look forward to this every year!

Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.