- From 02 Sat Jul 2016 to 04 Mon Jul 2016 July 2, 2016 July 4, 2016 Parrot Key Resort
The Key Lime Pie Festival
Tiny yellow Key limes have flavored Florida Keys cuisine since the 1800s. Contemporary lime lovers can celebrate the indigenous fruit and the dessert it inspired — the island chain’s signature Key lime pie — during the Key Lime Festival set for Saturday through Monday, July 2-4.
Highlights of the tasty weekend are to include a Key lime pie–eating contest, culinary tasting stroll and samplings of Key lime rum, beer and cocktails.
Events kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday with a tour of the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery, 105 Simonton St. As well as tasting the distillery’s Key lime rum, attendees can acquire signed copies of “The Key West Key Lime Pie Cookbook” and meet author David Sloan.
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.
Saturday’s schedule also features the Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll, where participants can sample Key lime martinis, margaritas and other limey libations at local watering holes.
For those who prefer cuisine to cocktails, Chef Paul Menta is to present a Key lime cooking class at Isle Cook, 218 Whitehead St., at 6 p.m. Saturday. Attractions include a three-course feast incorporating fresh local seafood, farm-fresh produce and the tiny limes. Reservations are required and space is limited; call 305-741-7443.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, July 3, Key lime pie fans can enjoy a leisurely sampling stroll that features five variations on the famed dessert — including one spiced with jalapeño. Stops include the pie’s presumed birthplace and a secret lair containing “the world’s smallest Key lime pie.”
Competitive consumers step into the “limelight” at 11 a.m. Monday, July 4, for the Mile-High Key Lime Pie Eatin’ Contest at the Waterfront Brewery, 201 William St. Contestants must outpace their rivals to devour an entire 9-inch pie, topped with mounds of whipped cream, without using their hands.
Festival information and complete schedule: www.keylimefestival.com