Never mind apple pie. In Florida, the most beloved dessert might be Key Lime Pie. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate the July 4 weekend, the annual Key Lime Festival will take place July 2-4 in Key West. The full schedule can be found.
Here is more information in a news release from Visit Florida. “The highlight the 11 a.m. Monday, July 4th, 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.
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.
Other events include the Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll. 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.
Key Lime Recipes