While attendees of 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show won’t get their milkshakes and pulled pork during the virtual exposition, the state Department of Agriculture announced on Friday it will have an alternative.
To make up for the absence of the physical event, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said the state will host an outdoor Fall Food Fest featuring fan-favorite dishes from previous Farm Shows.
In August, the department announced it would not the annual show at the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in January due to the pandemic. Instead, it will hold a virtual event from Jan. 9 through 16.
“We’re excited to welcome some of your Farm Show fan favorites to the fest – including milkshakes, fried mushrooms, French fries, pulled pork and more – along with some loyal food truck vendors,” said Redding. “We hope Pennsylvanians will come out to support, and taste, Pennsylvania agriculture.”
The festival is scheduled to take place in the North Lot of the Farm Show Complex Friday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 15, with vendors open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mary Smith, president and CEO of Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, said the Harrisburg-based tourism information center was thrilled to see the new event and the efforts made to safely offer the show’s popular treats to visitors.
“The facility and its hardworking staff are a crucial component of the region’s local economy and tourism success,” she said. “We applaud the extraordinary efforts made to safely host the Fall Food Fest in our destination.”