Whoopie pie festival goes virtual throughout October

The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival — which attracts thousands of visitors to Piscataquis County every year — was yet another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but the state’s official treat hasn’t been forgotten by the event’s organizers.

Originally scheduled for June 27 and then postponed until Oct. 3, the annual event based in Dover-Foxcroft is being replaced by a month-long virtual celebration dubbed “WHOOPtoberfest” just getting underway.

“Our fallback date was Oct. 3rd, but obviously it became clear that we couldn’t bring 7,000 people from all around New England to Dover-Foxcroft this year,” organizer Patrick Myers said. The festival has grown since its origin in 2009 to become the largest single-day event in Piscataquis County each year.

WHOOPtoberfest will include a variety of activities designed to highlight the whoopie pie, as well as its bakers, vendors and consumers. One highlight is a page on the event’s website — www.mainewhoopiepiefestival.com — that identifies whoopie pie bakers and vendors around Maine.

“The central piece is an interactive map where you can enter in your address or other key words or categories and it will show you the nearest bakers to wherever you are at the moment,” Myers said.

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