Love Pie (Especially Blueberry)? There’s a Day for That!
Which is the most superior of all the pies and why is it BC blueberry pie?
“Yes please; blueberry pie for me, thank you!” Says everyone always.
Given how loved blueberry pie is – and pie in general if we’re being fair – it’s little wonder that pie lovers the world over have come up with not one, not two, but three days to celebrate this concoction of buttery crust and whatever your favourite filling may be. Of course, should you choose to celebrate each of these pie days with a blueberry pie of some description, we’ve got BC blueberry pie recipes aplenty to help you keep it interesting.
Read on for all the juicy details about the three upcoming celebrations of pies, with each day designed to give you license to reach for the pie.
National Pie Day – January 23rd
National Pie Day – a celebration of pies of every kind – was baked into the calendar of ‘celebratory days’ in the mid-1970s by an American nuclear engineer, brewer and teacher named Charlie Papazian. Charlie loved pies so much that he declared his own birthday, January 23, to be National Pie Day. This day would later become sponsored by the American Pie Council.
Unsurprisingly, given that it involves guilt-free indulgence of pie, National Pie Day has become a world-wide celebration.
Here in Canada, and in BC specifically, we like to celebrate National Pie Day with a traditional Blueberry Lattice Top Pie – consider it an ode to both traditional pie-making techniques and delicious frozen BC blueberries which are abundantly available in the freezer aisle of your grocery store.
National Pi Day – March 14th
Technically speaking, one of the three “pie days” – National Pi Day – isn’t a celebration of pie the food, but rather of pi the equation. But who are we to deny anyone another excuse to eat pie? To be sure, there’ll be no pie-denying around here!
National Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). Why is Pi Day observed on March 14? Because the 3/14 month/day format mimics the first three significant figures of π – 3, 1, and 4. It was founded in 1988 by Larry Shaw, an employee of the San Francisco, California science museum, the Exploratorium.
You know what else is a constant? Humanity’s collective love of pie – which explains why so many choose to observe National Pi Day by eating, and sharing, pie.
Our pick for National Pi Day? Blueberry Pocket Pies (made using frozen BC blueberries) – easy for eating on the go… even during math class.
National Blueberry Pie Day – April 28th
Finally, we come to National Blueberry Pie Day – the best of all the pie days (we say with bias). Observed on April 28th and a great way to use frozen BC blueberries, National Blueberry Pie Day has no set inaugural date. What we do know, is that the very first blueberry pie recipe was published by Mrs. Bliss in the “Practical Cook Book” in 1850. Mrs. Bliss indeed.
With Spring in the air, but fresh blueberries not quite ready yet, our blueberry pie pick for this celebration is a kid-friendly No Bake Frozen Blueberry Pie recipe.