HARRISBURG, Pa. — Agriculture Secretary George Greig is inviting guests to the PA Preferred Reception on Thursday, Jan. 3, to enjoy a taste of Pennsylvania and kick off the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show.
The reception, to be held 5:30-8 p.m. in the PA Preferred Banquet Hall at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, will feature Pennsylvania produced food and beverages and the live unveiling of the famous butter sculpture.
“Food made or grown in Pennsylvania makes a difference not only on our dinner plates, but also to the state’s economy,” Greig said. “Our more than 63,000 farm families and thousands of agribusinesses provide an affordable food supply, keep money in local communities and create jobs.
“I invite the public to join us as we kick off the Pennsylvania Farm Show with a culinary celebration of agriculture,” he said.
The reception will feature PA Preferred products including beef, veal, pork, chicken, trout, mushrooms, cheeses, vegetables, fruits and desserts. Local beverages will include milk, soda, craft beers, wine, vodka and gin.
PA Preferred is the official branding program of agricultural products made or grown in Pennsylvania. The program’s logo features a gold checkmark inside a blue keystone.
Tickets for the reception are $35 and are mailed before the reception. Reservations are due by Friday, Dec. 7, to Jared Grissinger at the Department of Agriculture, 2301 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Invitations and response cards are available on the Farm Show website at www.farmshow.state.pa.us under “2013 Show.”