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Whoopie Pie Festival is a treat

July 1, 2014
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Dover-Foxcroft celebrated Maine's best known treat in the summer heat on Saturday. A swarm of people invaded the town for the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival. There were a myriad of vendors, plenty activities for kids and, of course, whoopie pie after whoopie pie. For tokens, visitors could sample some of Maine's best whoopies.

There were plenty of adaptions of Maine's signature dessert to gobble up for festival-goers. Chococoa Baking Company from Massachusetts was serving up a s'mores version of a whoopie pie, complete with rich chocolate sandwiched between the layers and gram cracker garnish on top.

For those who were looking for a vegan or allergy friendly version of a whoopie pie, Irish Daisy Bakery from Hermon was at the festival with some unique flavors. Everything they served was gluten free, and among the options were lemon poppy seed, French toast and zombie. The bakery explained on Facebook that the 'zombie' flavor was a raspberry cake with vanilla frosting. The cake turns green due to a natural reaction between the buckwheat and raspberries used in the product.

On the vendor side of the festival, Alice's Fresh Squeezed Lemonade was putting a different spin on the pies: they were deep frying them. The confections came fresh out of the frier with powdered sugar on them. Past the fried shell, they contained a melty, sweet chocolately goodness that was quickly devoured. Jessie Jackson, the mastermind behind the fried desserts, says that they are the only ones in Maine frying the dessert. Jackson says that they have been frying the pies for a while, but the festival was their main debut.

Levant Corner Store brought their game face to the festival. The store brought 1,200 pies with them and a whole lot of enthusiasm. When festival attendees placed their People's Choice vote with them by passing them the coveted gold coins, they would cheer in unison. The store took first place in the People's Choice category.

One of the more interesting vendors at the festival was Gina's Gems. The jewelry maker was selling earrings that looked like mini whoopie pies, but there was more to them than met the eye. Gina Squiers, the owner, says that the earrings are fashioned from moose droppings. She has other pieces of jewelry made from the same material. Squiers says that because of their diet, moose droppings do not smell offensive. She says that she finds most of the materials she needs when she is skiing or hiking.

There are plenty of things in the state of Maine for people to be proud of, and the whoopie pie is one that is definitely worth celebrating.

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