HARRISBURG PA – An all-star lineup of chefs, local celebrities and commodity producers will entertain visitors Jan. 5-11 (2013) at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, as they create dishes on the show’s “PA Preferred® Culinary Connection Stage” from products grown or created in the state.
The farm show, in Harrisburg, is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, presenting nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. Admission is free and parking costs $10.
Highlights at the stage are scheduled to include:
- Cooking demonstrations by Food Network Chef Dave Lieberman, host of Food Network’s Good Deal with Dave Lieberman and Dave Does, on Jan. 5 at noon and 2 p.m.;
- A PA Preferred® Battle of the ‘Burg Cook-Off. Lieberman and Harrisburg chef Robert Dacko will lead teams featuring local celebrities who are challenged to create an entrée that showcases Pennsylvania products, on Jan. 5 at 1 p.m.;
- Cooking demonstrations by Pittsburgh native Justin Miller, on Jan. 6 at noon;
- Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett and Governor’s Residence Executive Chef Barry Crumlich. They’ll whip up a residence favorite, on Jan. 7 at 1 p.m.;
- The PA Preferred Best Cheeseburger Showdown, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Beef Council and Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association. It pits teams of Pennsylvania celebrities competing for burger dominance using PA Preferred beef, on Jan. 9 at 2 p.m.; and
- Christine Greig, wife of state Agriculture Secretary George Greig, will create dishes incorporating dairy products with Isabel Maples of Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, on Jan. 11 at 3 p.m.
The stage is located in the main hall of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. It features a unique theme, from apples to veal, every day to offer visitors ideas for enjoying specialty crops and other food produced in Pennsylvania. Samples of every dish will be offered to audience members, and a Pennsylvania wine will be recommended for pairing.
Visitors can find inspiration in the wide variety of dishes being prepared on-stage, then walk through the adjacent market and find items produced in the state available for sampling and purchase.
Products featured on stage are part of the PA Preferred program, the official brand of agriculture products made or grown in Pennsylvania.