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PA Farm Show To Feature Celebrity Chefs, PA Preferred® Ingredients

Culinary Connection Stage to Feature Live Demos, 'Battle of the Burg'

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An all-star lineup of chefs, local celebrities and commodity producers will entertain visitors at the 2013 Pennsylvania Farm Show as they create dishes from Pennsylvania-sourced products on the PA Preferred® Culinary Connection Stage.

"The Farm Show proudly displays our state's diverse agriculture industry through every step from farm to fork," said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. "The PA Preferred Culinary Connection demonstrations give showgoers the opportunity to taste top-quality dishes with Pennsylvania products. Come experience local food and discover why this year's theme is 'Made in PA. It makes a difference.'"

Highlights at the PA Preferred Culinary Connection stage will include:

  • Saturday, Jan. 5, noon and 2 p.m. Cooking demonstrations by The Food Network's Chef Dave Lieberman, host of Food Network's Good Deal with Dave Lieberman and Dave Does;
  • Saturday, Jan. 5, 1 p.m. – Returning is the PA Preferred® Battle of the 'Burg Cook-Off. Lieberman and Harrisburg chef Robert Dacko head teams featuring a host of local celebrities who are challenged to create an entrée that showcases PA Preferred products;
  • Sunday, Jan. 6, noon – Cooking demonstrations by Pittsburgh native Justin Miller, The World's Youngest Chef®;
  • Monday, Jan. 7, 1 p.m. – Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett and Governor's Residence Executive Chef Barry Crumlich whip up a residence favorite;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2 p.m. – The PA Preferred Best Cheeseburger Showdown, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Beef Council and Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, pits teams of Pennsylvania celebrities competing for burger dominance using PA Preferred beef; and
  • Friday, Jan. 11, 3 p.m. Christine Greig, wife of Secretary Greig, will create dishes incorporating dairy products with Isabel Maples of Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association.

The PA Preferred Culinary Connection stage, located in the Main Hall of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, features a unique theme every day, from apples to veal, offering visitors ideas for enjoying the 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 the stage, then walk through the adjacent Pennsylvania Marketplace and find a wide variety of items produced in the state available for sampling and purchase.

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