National Pie Day, is an annual celebration of pies started in the mid-1970s by Colorado nuclear engineer, brewer and teacher Charlie Papazian after he declared his own birthday, January 23, to be National Pie Day. Since 1986, National Pie Day is sponsored by the American Pie Council. Mr Papazian had already founded the Association of Brewers so he was well placed to promote and encourage National Pie Day.
Although National Pie Day seems like an opportunity to gorge on your favourite sweet and savoury pies, the Pie Council was actually established to assist and improve the Pie industry across the country. The Council work with industry leaders as well as fledgling cooks and companies to promote the good work within the industry and new flavours and products. In 2014, the American Pie Council also partnered with Paramount Pictures in promoting the romantic thriller film Labor Day in conjunction with National Pie Day.
What a great opportunity to forget the New Year health kick for a day, get baking some home made goodness ( or buy one if you’d prefer) and kick back with friends or family and enjoy a pie feast!