Braham Pie Day
Get ready for all things related to pie—it's Braham Pie Day! Braham was named the "Homemade Pie Capital of Minnesota" by Governor Rudy Perpich in 1990, and the first Braham Pie Day was held in July of that year. It was a pie and ice cream social that was funded by a Celebrate Minnesota tourism grant. In 1992, the date for the event was changed to the first Friday of August, where it has remained since. Why was Braham chosen as the pie capital? In the 1930s and 1940s, Braham started becoming known for their pie, when people driving from the Twin Cities to their lake homes near Duluth started stopping at Braham's Park Cafe for pie and coffee.
Many activities take place during Braham Pie Day. There are pie baking, pie eating, and pie trivia contests. There are different categories in the baking contest, including fresh fruit and/or cream, baked single crust, and baked double crust. There are different age categories as well. There are three levels to the pie eating contest: Jr., Sr., and Ambassador. There is a recycled pie tin art contest, where one or more pie tins are used, and the art is displayed in the Braham Event Center. The tins are judged a few days before Pie Day and awards are given out. Braham Pie Day also has a quilt show, a fashion show, an antique bicycle and car show, and appearances by folk artists, crafters, musicians, and storytellers.
How to Observe Braham Pie Day
Celebrate the day by traveling to Braham for Pie Day! Perhaps you could enter into the pie baking, pie eating, or pie tin art contests. Or, you could enter into the quilt show. If you can't make it to Braham, you could celebrate the day by baking and eating a homemade pie.