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State Farm Show food fest set

Outdoor festival will offer fan favorite foods from annual event

HARRISBURG — Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has announced that Pennsylvanians will be able to get their Pennsylvania Farm Show food fix at an outdoor Spring Food Fest in May.

After a successful Fall Food Fest in November, the Spring Food Fest will take place in the North Lot of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 9. Vendors will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

“While our virtual Pennsylvania Farm Show in January was an absolute success, we all missed the opportunity to taste Pennsylvania agriculture,” Redding said. “We’re excited to host a second Farm Show Food Fest this spring to satisfy cravings for the Farm Show foods that give us comfort.

“We’ll once again welcome Farm Show fan favorites to the fest — including milkshakes, fried mushrooms, potato donuts, pulled pork, maple products and more,” Redding said. While the fest will not include the full offering of the traditional Farm Show food court, many fan favorites will be available from the following vendors:

* Pa. Dairymen’s Association.

* Pa. Livestock Association.

* Pa. Mushroom Farmers.

* Pa. Potato Cooperative.

* PennAg Industries.

* Snyder’s Concessions.

* FFA Pizza.

* Pennsylvania Maple Syrup Producers.

The fest also will include a small PA Preferred marketplace which will include:

* Blind Spot Nutbutters.

* Buffalo Valley Spice & Supply Co.

* The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey.

* CM Bars LLC.

* Hillbilly’s Jerky.

* Lancaster Trading House Inc.

* Main Line Pretzel Co.

* Pleasures of the Palate Inc.

* Stroopies Inc.

* Tastie Teas.

* Torchbearer Sauces LLC.

* Whispering Brook Farm.

* Wild LLC.

* Uglie Acres.

* Happy Valley Winery.

* Christina Maser Co.

* Chatty Monks Brewery.

A full menu of product offerings is available online.

“Hosting an outdoor Food Fest is a great way to safely welcome guests to our region and to support local vendors,” said Visit Hershey & Harrisburg President & CEO Mary Smith. “The versatility of the PA Farm Show Complex is an incredible asset to our region, and we congratulate the staff for organizing an event that will benefit the state’s agriculture industry, local businesses, and the entire community. Let’s eat!”

Parking is free for the outdoor event, where food and beverages will be available for purchase to grab-and-go only. Onsite seating will not be available. Masks are required onsite and patrons are asked to be respectful of social distance while waiting in vendor lines.

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