Photo credit: Rob O’Neal
Key Lime Pie to Star in Key West Festival and World Record Attempt
Key West is always top on my list of places to visit any time of year but because Key Lime Pie is my favorite pie of all time, this festival is a must! And the world’s largest Key Lime Pie, oh my!!
The creation of the worlds largest Key lime pie, the wacky Miss Key Lime Pageant, pie-eating and cooking contests and other tasty temptations await Key West visitors July 3-5, 2014 during the second annual Key Lime Festival.
Celebrating the Florida Keys’ signature dessert and the tiny fruit that inspired it, the flavorful festival is to kick off Thursday, July 3, with a 2-5 p.m. Key Lime Bar Krawl. Plans call for “krawlers” to sample Key lime martinis and margaritas at local watering holes and select their favorites.
The festival’s highlight is to be an attempt by event founder David Sloan, author of “The Ultimate Key Lime Pie Cookbook,” and three fellow chefs to shatter their own record for baking the largest Key lime pie in history.
Chefs Paul Menta, left, and Jim Brush, right, put finishing touches on a giant Key lime pie Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Key West, Fla. The gargantuan pastry, measuring slightly more than 8 feet in diameter, was the centerpiece of the inaugural Key Lime Festival. The 2014 festival is slated for July 3-5. The pie’s ingredients included juice from 5,760 Key limes, 55 gallons of sweetened condensed milk and 200 pounds of graham crackers. (Photo credit: Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
In 2013 the quartet created a gargantuan pie that measured more than 8 feet in diameter and required the juice of 5,760 yellow Key limes. They plan to prepare and serve the 2014 pie, expected to reach 9 feet in diameter, during a lively street party set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 4, on Greene Street just off Duval Street.
Believed to have originated in Key West in the late 1800s, Key lime pie was designated Florida’s official pie in 2006 by the state legislature. Its primary ingredients are condensed milk, egg yolks and Key lime juice, with the creamy filling typically nestled in a graham cracker crust and topped with whipped cream or meringue.
The Key Lime Pie Eating Contest will take place during the street party set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 4, on Greene Street just off Duval Street.
Attractions Saturday, July 5, will be a pie-making challenge for amateur and professional bakers. Pies are to be judged on criteria including appearance, flavor balance and originality, and spectators can purchase tickets to sample and cast People’s Choice votes.
Dure Kim participates in the Key Lime Pie Eatin’ Contest staged in Key West, Fla., Thursday, July 4, 2013, during the inaugural Key Lime Festival. The origins of Key lime pie have been traced to Key West in the late 1800s. slightly more than 8 feet in diameter, was the centerpiece of the inaugural Key Lime Festival. The 2014 festival is slated for July 3-5. (Photo credit: Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
The festival is to conclude with Saturday night’s Miss Key Lime U.S.A. Pageant, a tangy takeoff on the Miss America competition. The contestant who scores highest in the talent, costume, vintage style and Q-&-A categories will take the crown and step into the “limelight.”
Festival information: www.keylimefestival.com/
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY