The Pa. Farm Show food court opens today with free parking and new foods

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The Pennsylvania Farm Show 2022 officially kicks off Jan.8, but the doors open a day early for those who want to get ahead of the game.

Visitors can get a glimpse of the food court and all of its tasty offerings, from potato fritters and fried mushrooms to milkshakes and apple dumplings from noon to 9 p.m. As an added bonus, parking is free during the preview at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.

For many, the food court is the biggest draw during the eight-day show, which was held Jan. 8-15 for the first time in two years. Last year’s show took place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, visitors will find several new foods, including black raspberry milkshakes from the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and grated portobello nachos from Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania.

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PA Cooperative Potato Growers will be selling pierogi along with their traditional baked potatoes and potato fritters. Look for vegetable stir-fries, veggie burgers and veggie corn dogs at the PA Vegetable Growers Association booth and apple salsa, sachets of applesauce, and apple candy floss from the State Horticultural Association of PA.

The PA Livestock Association is rolling out dried beef snack sticks and C&J Catering will sell Momma D’s pork and sauerkraut bowls and shepherd’s pie bowls.

As in previous years, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association will host an 11 a.m. kickoff on January 7 to promote Fill a glass with hope, a partnership between Feeding Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and the American Dairy Association North East.

The program connects Feeding Pennsylvania member food banks with their local dairies to purchase discounted milk to distribute to families in Pennsylvania.

The event will feature celebrity milkshake servers, former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Reading, PA Dairy Princesses, dairy farmers and more.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is planning a comprehensive Farm Show program. Earlier in the week, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding warned those uncomfortable participating due to concerns over COVID-19 infection rates to stay at home.

“For people who are concerned about their personal health or have particularly vulnerable family members or coworkers, this is not the year to attend,” Redding said.

Redding said masks are strongly encouraged, but not mandatory at the resort. Free masks and disinfectant will also be available throughout the resort as well as on the shuttles.

Details: The food court will be open from noon to 9 p.m. January 7, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., January 8, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., January 9, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., January 10 to 14 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 15. The Farm Show takes place at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center at 2300 N. Cameron St. in Harrisburg.


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