Former White House Chef John Moeller, who hails from Lancaster, will prepare a potato entree 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Moeller
Former White House Chef John Moeller, who hails from Lancaster, will prepare a potato entree 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Moeller will lead one of the many cooking demonstrations at the PA Preferred Culinary Connection Stage. (Submitted)

If you've got an ounce of foodie in your blood, you'll likely find some entertainment to please your palate at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

During the show, which runs Jan. 4 through Jan. 11, the PA Preferred Culinary Connections Stage will feature live demos, local personalities and celebrity chefs, along with some of the state's star commodities. Events will run on the hour, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days.

Here's how it works: Each day has a theme, including mushrooms, vegetables, Weis Markets, pork, beef and veal, apples, potatoes and specialty crops. The demonstrations will correlate with each theme.

Lela Reichart, director of marketing and economic development for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, said organizers selected guest chefs and personalities who are interested in talking about food and showcasing their dishes.

To kick off the show, they chose sassy chef and author Nadia G, who's often referred to as the Julia Child of the net generation. Nadia Giosia, who stars on the Cooking Channel's "Bite This with Nadia G," will cook up a signature mushroom creation for the audience at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.


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On the more formal side, former White House Chef John Moeller will prepare a potato entree 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. Moeller, who hails from Lancaster, cooked for President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. According to PA Preferred's website, he helped create and prepare meals for the first families and world leaders, such as Tony Blair and Nelson Mandela.

Each demonstration will include samples for up to 400 people -- which will be prepared backstage by culinary students -- and a free cookbook.

Here's a rundown of more highlights on the culinary stage:

1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4: Chefs will lead teams of local radio and TV personalities in a challenge to create entrees using PA Preferred products. The Philly Phanatic will make an appearance for photos.

1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6: Pennsylvania first lady Susan Corbett and the governor's residence executive chef Barry Crumlich will whip up a residence favorite.

Noon Tuesday, Jan. 7: Andrew Aho, executive chef at POUR in Lancaster, will lead a demonstration featuring pork.

2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8: Teams of Pennsylvania celebrities will vie to prepare the best burger in a cheeseburger showdown.

For a complete list of events on the culinary stage, visit papreferred.com.

If you go

What: PA Preferred Culinary Connection Stage at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

When: Saturday, Jan. 4 through Jan. 11

Where: Main Hall of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg

Details: Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us or call 717-787-5373

Cost: Admission free; parking $10