Several weeks ago, on a lovely Saturday morning in September, I had the chance to experience my first Erie Biscuit Day. This was the 13th annual celebration centered entirely on biscuits and gravy. Downtown Erie was hopping with families lined up to enjoy a heaping plate of biscuits and gravy, live music, Irish step dancers and booths hosted by local businesses.
The tradition of Biscuit Day dates back to the 1870’s when Erie was a thriving coal town. Because coal was delicate and could not be stored, it was mined during the winter months. The fall equinox, around September 21st, marked the beginning of the work season for the miners. To mark the occasion, the women would cook the miner’s a hearty breakfast of biscuits and stew. The tradition was revived in 2002 by the Erie Historical Society to raise money to continue their work of preserving the history of Erie.
It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning and I look forward to the 14th annual celebration!