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Food: Appalachia Hosts World’s Greatest Grape Pie Contest

There is a place in Appalachia where every September hillside vineyards ripen for harvest, and the tiny town of Naples, New York in the southern Finger Lakes Region prepares for their annual Grape Festival and World’s Greatest Grape Pie Contest.

Driving up Route 87 from Pennsylvania to I17, I got off onto Route 53 North: a winding road through Amish and Mennonite communities and past woodland drives touting The Finger Lakes Wine Trail. Although the region is picking up fame as a premier winery region, its other agro-tourist industry is less ubiquitous and was started by small town women, in their home kitchens, who collectively turn out anywhere from 30,000 to 60,000 pies a year for tourists and locals alike. Read Full Story

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