EVENT: Wine and dine at the 103rd PA Farm Show

Every year, Pennsylvania hosts the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation. Head to Harrisburg January 5 through 12 to check out nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and a whole lot of local wine.

This year will be the 103rd iteration of the PA Farm Show, an astounding showcase of the state’s agricultural prowess. The event’s embrace of the wine industry is a no-brainer. After all, the Commonwealth produces more than 1.6 million gallons of wine annually and a $4.8 billion economic impact.

“I get excited for the opportunity for PA wines to be showcased at the Farm Show,” says Jennifer Eckinger, executive director of the Pennsylvania Winery Association. “Our booth is located near the apple booth, the honey booth, and the maple syrup booth — all these wonderful Pennsylvania products and we can see wine as part of that same picture.”

Yearly, the PA Farm Show conducts competitions for various agricultural commodities. At the 2019 Farm Show, winning wineries will be awarded Best of Show Governor’s Cup prizes for top dry grape wine, sweet grape wine, and fruit wine, as well as Best of Show awards by grape species, with categories for Vinifera (of European origin), Hybrid (cross-breeds of Vinifera and native grapes), and American. Other awards include Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories for general excellence.

With its early January slot on the calendar, the farm show draws a swarm of stir-crazy locals, people from across Pennsylvania, and visitors from neighboring states. The PA Wines booths, located in the Main Hall, will feature 32 wineries throughout the week, eight wineries rotating every two days — they will be offering tastings and selling their wine.

“There are wineries from all over the state, so attendees are able to try a wine from Erie, a wine from southeastern Pennsylvania, and one from northeastern PA over the course of just a few minutes,” explains Eckinger. “We also work with the Culinary Connection, which is the cooking demonstration area, to pair Pennsylvania wines with the dishes that the chefs are making.”

Speaking of food, it’s one of the Farm Show’s main draws. Pack your purse with potato donuts while ogling the famous butter sculpture or pick up some apple dumplings, a local specialty. And in addition to the array of food vendors, visitors can take in live entertainment, educational booths, and enough animals to keep attendees of any age entranced.

When you arrive at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, just look for the PA Wine Land booth in the Main Hall.

Below is a list of 2019’s participating wineries by date.

January 5 – 6 Featured Wineries:
Allegheny Cellars Winery
Bee Kind Winery
Christian W. Klay Winery
Mazza Vineyards
Naylor Wine Cellars
Seven Mountains Wine Cellars
Shade Mountain Winery
The Winery at Wilcox

January 7 – 8 Featured Wineries:
Arundel Cellars
Black Dog Wine Company
Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars
Flickerwood Wine Cellars
Juniata Valley Winery
Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery
Mount Hope Estate
Olivero’s Vineyard

January 9 – 10 Featured Wineries:
Allegro Winery
Armstrong Valley Winery
Broad Mountain Vineyard
Deer Creek Winery
Hungry Run Wine & Spirits
Presque Isle Wine Cellars
The Vineyard at Hershey
University Wine Company

January 11 – 12 Featured Wineries:
Benigna’s Creek Winery
Cassel Vineyards of Hershey
Courtyard Winery
Happy Valley Vineyards & Winery
Nissley Vineyards
Paradocx Vineyard
Reid’s Orchard & Winery
Spring Gate Vineyards

*These lists of wineries are subject to change. Please be sure to check back here as we get closer to the date.

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