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Salute sweet Key Lime pie and the tiny fruit that inspired it with events ranging from a pie-eating contest to a wacky world record attempt at the inaugural Key Lime Festival set for July 4-6.
About the Key Lime Festival
The festival was conceived by Key West author and baker David Sloan, who penned “The Ultimate Key Lime Pie Cookbook.” It celebrates the popularity of the tart, creamy dessert so closely identified with the Florida Keys that almost every visitor samples it.
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 the juice of the tiny yellow Key lime, with the creamy filling typically nestled in a graham cracker crust and topped with whipped cream or meringue.
Festival Highlights and Activities
Festival highlights are to include an attempt by Sloan and three fellow chefs to set a Guinness World Record for baking the largest Key lime pie in history. They plan to debut their creation, expected to exceed 15 feet in diameter, during the Key Lime Piestravaganza Thursday, July 4, on Greene Street just off Duval Street.
The Piestravaganza is to feature other attractions including the Mile-High Key Lime Pie Eating Contest at noon and an appearance by the festival’s offbeat mascot, Key Lime Kirby.
Sloan and company are to unveil “the world’s largest Key lime pie” at 2 p.m., subsequently serving slices of their gigantic creation to attendees who donate $1 to the historic Key West Firehouse Museum.
Key Lime Pie Championships
Aspiring bakers can prove their pie-making prowess at noon Friday, July 5, during the Key Lime Pie Championships at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, 907 Whitehead St.
Entrants can vie for blue ribbons in multiple divisions, with pies judged on criteria including appearance, flavor balance and originality. Spectators can purchase tickets to sample, savor and cast People’s Choice votes.
Miss Key Lime U.S.A. Pageant
Other festival events include the Miss Key Lime U.S.A. Pageant, paired with comedy and performances, and the Lil’ Miss Key Lime pageant for costumed kids ages 6-10.
For more information, visit www.keylimefestival.com.
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A WaveRunner Tour Around Key West
Dad’s adventure begins with a signature Key West WaveRunner tour, journeying 28 miles around the island! This thrilling ride for two takes on a guided tour to famous local landmarks like submarine pits, the Boca Chica sand bar and the Southernmost Point of the USA. Guests save $30 on the WaveRunner tour when booking this package.
A Taste of the Hemingway Experience
Next, introduce dad to a gentleman as esteemed as he, with a visit to the Earnest Hemingway Home & Museum. Visit the former home of this literary legend and one of Key West’s most famous residents to discover the home’s history, wander through the lush grounds, and enjoy the whimsy of the more than forty unique cats that live here.
Other Complimentary Perks for Dad
Dad can continue the Hemingway experience back at Parrot Key Resort, poolside, with a complimentary copy of Hemingway’s, The Old Man and the Sea and a free poolside cocktail or non-alcoholic beverage from Cafe Blue. You can even meet us back at Cafe Blue one morning of your stay and we’ll collect the tab for dad’s breakfast!
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