Harrisburg - Agriculture Secretary George Greig today invited Pennsylvania Farm Show enthusiasts and exhibitors to the PA PreferredTM Reception from 5:30 - 8 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
The reception, which will kick off the 96th Pennsylvania Farm Show, will feature Pennsylvania-produced food and beverages.
"Agriculture takes center stage during the Pennsylvania Farm Show," said Greig. "I invite the public to join us as we kick off the show with a PA PreferredTM culinary showcase featuring Pennsylvania agricultural commodities and celebrate agriculture - from farm gate to dinner plate."
Held in the PA PreferredTM Banquet Hall, the reception will feature samples of PA PreferredTM products including beef, veal, pork, chicken, trout, mushrooms, cheeses, vegetables, fruits and desserts. Local beverages will include milk, soda, craft beers and wine.
New this year, the annual butter sculpture will be unveiled and broadcasted live to the reception.
Tickets for the reception are $30 and will be mailed in advance of the reception. Reservations are due by Friday, Dec. 9, to Jared Grissinger at the Department of Agriculture, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Invitations and response cards are available on the Farm Show website at www.farmshow.state.pa.us under "2012 Show." Reception sponsorship opportunities are also available.