South Hills Food Festival keystone of Happy Valley Culinary Week

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 06/23, 2015 at 12:14 PM

South Hills Food Festival keystone of Happy Valley Culinary Week

By Jeffry P Stachowski, community outreach director, South Hills School of Business and Technology

The Second Annual South Hills School Culinary Week Food Festival will be held on Wednesday, June 24 from noon to 6:00 p.m. on the north lawn of South Hills School, 480 Waupelani Drive in State College. This joint production with the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau was such a hit last year that we have an even bigger festival planned for this year.

Live chef demonstrations, an all-local-foods farmers market, live music, workshops and tours will provide an afternoon of learning, fun, and fabulous food for the entire family. And here’s some food for thought…workshops on starting a small restaurant business, hot careers in Central Pennsylvania, exploring financial aid resources, and much more will also run throughout the day.

The live cooking demonstrations begin at noon with Chef Duke Gastiger from Spats Café and continue every half hour, as follows:

Noon: Spats Café–Chef Duke Gastiger

12:30: Rotelli’s–Chef Dave Krauth

1:00: South Hills Knowledge Kafé–Chef Greg Meagher

1:30: Gemelli Bakers–Chef Tony Sapia

2:00: Home D Pizzeria–Chef Brandon Agostinelli

2:30: Gigi’s Southern Table–Chef John Clickner II

3:00: Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering–Chef Harrison Schailey

3:30: Nittany Lion Inn–Chef Andrew Monk

4:00: Faccia Luna–Chefs Greenleaf & Gibboney

4:30: El Gringo–Chef Ben Stanley

5:00: Allen Street Grill–Chef Bert Burger

The farmers market will have a tasty array of meats, cheeses, produce, sauces, spreads, dressings, and much more. Come prepared to buy from these local merchants and stock up on the delicacies that Central PA has to offer. Here are just some of the vendors who will be open for business at the famers market.

Bee Tree Berry Farm—Berries & Produce

Big Al’s Mustard—Mustards & Dips

Dn’D Family Farms–Produce & Eggs

Egg Hill Farm—Flowers, Meats

El Gringo Tacos—Tacos & Tamales

Friends & Farmers—Produce

Gemelli Bakers—Breads & Baked Goods

Good Intent Cider—Hard Ciders

Good Seed Baking Co.—Cookies & Muffins

Goot Essa—Cheeses & Fudge

Home D Pizzeria—Beer Tasting

Kitchen Kaboodle–Gadgets & Hardware

PASA—Sustainable Ag. Info & Gear

Piper’s Peck–Salsas & Jellies

SCORE—Business Information

South Hills School—Career Booth

Tait Farm–Shrubs & Jellies

Village Eatinghouse—Dressings & Dips

Webster’s Bookstore—Cookbooks & Demo

Wingman Bar-B-Que—Wing Sauces

U Freeze Wine Slush—Cooler Tasting

Live music for the day will be provided by several local high school jazz ensembles, along with Doug Irwin, Steve Van Hook, Jim Colbert & Sammy Cannillo.

{name} Author: Jamie Oberdick

Bio: Editor, Local Food Journey | Passionate about supporting local food in Central PA

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