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First Lady Lori Shapiro Highlights Locally Grown Products and Pennsylvania’s Robust Culinary Culture On the ‘Culinary Connection’ Stage


​2024 Farm Show PA Preferred® Culinary Connection features all-star Pennsylvania chefs and PA-grown foods

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Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania First Lady Lori Shapiro  demonstrated a Shapiro family favorite recipe on the PA Preferred® Culinary Connection stage at the 108th Pennsylvania Farm Show and celebrate the best of Pennsylvania agriculture.    

"In Pennsylvania, food is an important piece of our history, culture and legacy. The Pennsylvania Farm Show is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate that shared history and a chance to connect with the people who feed us and our economy every day," said First Lady Lori Shapiro. "Josh and I are proud that the Commonwealth is a national leader in Agriculture – and we will continue working to deliver the resources and support Pennsylvania's agriculture community needs in order to keep innovating and thriving."

First Lady Shapiro prepared Butternut Cheese Pie with Everything Kale Salad in one of dozens of cooking demonstrations held daily throughout the eight-day show.

PA Preferred® is the official brand for PA-grown and PA-made food, beverages, and a diverse range of agricultural products, from alpaca socks, to fine hardwood furniture, to craft brews, wine, honey, and more. 

Chef Maureen Fowler of DiBruno Brothers in Philadelphia, and Chef Curt Wewer of Central PA Chef Consultants are coordinating eight days packed with competitions and demos, and directing culinary students from Pennsylvania colleges who prepare hundreds of samples of the featured recipes daily. Guests can enjoy samples after every cooking demonstration and take home a print copy of the 2024 Culinary Connection Recipe Book.

The 2024 Farm Show theme, Connecting Our Communities, celebrates the best of Pennsylvania agriculture — the industry that supports 593,000 jobs and contributes $132.5 billion to Pennsylvania's economy every year. 

The Pennsylvania Farm Show -- Pennsylvania's State Fair® draws scores of visitors to our capital city every January to connect with the people and products who make Pennsylvania agriculture great. The largest indoor agricultural expo in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 12,000-plus competitive events and exhibits, nearly 250 commercial exhibits and hundreds of educational and entertaining events. 

The event showcases top competitors from 108 county and local fairs, and the diversity and quality of Pennsylvania's agriculture industry, the innovative people who make it thrive, and the faces of our proud past and promising future. 

The 2024 Pennsylvania Farm Show runs from Saturday, January 6 through Saturday, January 13 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free. Parking is $15 per vehicle.  

Hours, a daily schedule of events, maps, and much more information to help visitors enjoy the show can be found at under 2024 Farm Show.

Photos from the event can be found in the Farm Show Photo Gallery.

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