MARTINSBURG - The table is set for the Taste of the Alleghenies, a festival celebrating food in central Pennsylvania.
The Taste of the Alleghenies 2012 begins at The Park at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park at 2 p.m. today and will end at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Events include cooking demonstrations, a dairy dessert cooking contest, a coupon savings demonstration, a Canine Cuisine show and a "Camping in the Alleghenies" indoor and outdoor vendor show.
The show is a joint effort between the Altoona Mirror, The Park at Morrisons Cove and Anterior Marketing Solutions.
When the event started a couple years ago, Mirror General Manager Ray Eckenrode said, the focus was on bringing in Food Network celebrities for a star-studded show.
"But it has become more of a community event about the food heritage of our area than what it was before," Eckenrode said.
If you go
What: Taste of the Alleghenies
When: 2 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Park at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg
Admission: $10 general admission per day, $30 reserved ticket (admission both days and reserved seating for demonstrations) and $40 VIP ticket (admission both days, reserved front row seating for demonstrations and free reserved parking)
The indoor exhibitors include more than 30 different food and lifestyle vendors, while the outdoor exhibitors include such businesses as a landscape/outdoor living company and an RV sales and service company.
"Although the main emphasis is on food, lifestyle and indoor/outdoor living choices are a big part of it, which is why we will have some craft and hobby vendors, as well as RV and outdoor landscape/hardscape participation," The Park at Morrisons Cove's Roseanne Conrad said. "We have events that we consider our main fundraisers, but we were looking for something for that late springtime period."
In addition, the Martinsburg VFW Women's Auxiliary will be providing an outdoor concession stand with hot foods, soft drinks and funnel cakes.
Area chefs doing cooking demonstrations include Bedford Springs Resort head chef David Noto, Traditions Restaurant chef Tyler Zimmerman and ScRUMptious gourmet rum cakes pastry chef Joyelle Scavone.
"In the past, we've focused on national [cooking] talent," Mirror Marketing Director Amy Hanna said. "And what we chose to do this time was focus on our local and area talents."
General admission on Friday and Saturday is $10.
Proceeds are split between the three sponsors, but the Park at Morrisons Cove will receive a large percentage, Cheryl Ebersole, owner of Anterior Marketing Solutions, said.
The Taste of the Alleghenies is also providing much-needed marketing exposure to the park, she said.
"People who never experienced the park will be there," Ebersole said. "I'm looking forward to a great weekend."