"The Whoopie Pie is such a Maine thing that we all love and I think this festival is just a way to celebrate," said Whoopie Pie Festival Organizer Patrick Myers. This is the Fifth Annual Whoopie Pie Festival. Origins of the treat can be traced as far back as 1925, but it took an epiphany to create the festival. "It occurred to us that there wasn't a Whoopie Festival in Maine and that was a travesty," said Myers.
It began as a fundraiser for the Center Theater in Dover-Foxcroft. Last year over 6,000 people came and it's turned into an all day event filled with music and art. It begins with a 3k race, followed by eating contests and a people's choice for best whoopie pie at the end. Meyers said, "We've got downtown (Dover-Foxcroft) full of artists, crafters and vendors. In the Whoopie zone, we've got dozens of bakers bringing probably over 20,000 whoopie pies that need to be consumed."
Bakers will sample these desserts for 25 cents apiece. "Just looking forward to a good weekend having all of our friends show up," said Old Town Governor's Chef Avery Sawyer. Each baker will offer several types of the Maine delicacy. "We'll be serving regular, peanut butter, bourbon chocolate, pina colada, maple bacon and chocolate cherry." While all will vary in size, Governor's makes theirs larger than life. Sawyer said, "That's just the way we do it. Go big or go home." Most will go home, smiles on faces and bellies full.