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By Kathy Glahn, Gettysburg Festival Culinary Committee Member / Owner, Farm to Chef Gettysburg

Soon after I relocated to Pennsylvania, I realized that the Farm Show is a long standing tradition that needs to be experienced “hands on.”  Now before I go into how amazing this event is, I do want to let you know that as a specialty grower, I’m still hibernating for the winter until, well… groundhog day (another long standing Pennsylvania tradition).

On Friday, January 8, I made a road trip to the 94th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show with Festival staffers.  We braved the bitter cold temperatures to attend the PA Preferred Reception featuring tastings of the very best Pennsylvania products.  It was worth the trip!

When we arrived at the Farm Show Complex, I realized the magnitude of how HUGE the Farm Show complex is and I felt the excitement surrounding this opening reception.   While mingling amongst the 1,000 guests in attendance, we made our way into the reception hall to check out the ice sculptures, beverage bar and of course the food! 

Pennsylvania’s Iron Chef Team put together six culinary stations which allowed us the freedom to casually graze while meeting new friends. The delicious bite size portions were perfect to taste a great cross section of products from Pennsylvania farms and producers.  Some of our favorites were the innovative green apple “caviar” sitting atop an Amish corn fritter with smoked trout, and the herb-roasted angus beef with caramelized onions and mushrooms topped off with a bleu cheese and smoked bacon sauce, not-to-mention the extremely tender seared  lamb accompanied by a trio of Pennsylvania potatoes.  Absolutely incredible! 

Here's the green apple "caviar" which Iron Chef David Stoltzfus said took 20 hours to create!

The 2010 Gettysburg Festival will be here before we know it.  But the planning, cultivating and growing has already started with an inspiring visit to the Pennsylvania Farm Show.  Hope you had/have the chance to visit the Farm Show as well–feel free to “comment” on this blog and share your adventures! 

Looking forward to seeing you at the Gettysburg Festival!

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