Foods of the Pennsylvania Dutch are festival theme

DAYTRIPPING

June 18, 1995|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer

Roadside stands with farm-fresh produce, chicken corn soup, apple dumplings, shoofly pie and a host of other delightful visions come to mind when you think of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Here's an opportunity to sample more of this wonderful cuisine and learn how to cook it and where to find it -- the Pennsylvania Dutch Food Festival this week from Thursday through Saturday at various sites throughout Lancaster County.

Cooking classes, demonstrations, a chicken cook-off, a farmers breakfast feast and a progressive restaurant dinner are among the many events featured during the three-day festival. Here's a sampling:

On Thursday evening you can join a progressive restaurant dinner and walking tour in downtown Lancaster. The event, which begins at 5 p.m., takes you to three restaurants. After the main course, there will be a walking tour of historic Lancaster followed by dessert. The cost is $19. A free jazz concert is also scheduled that evening in Lancaster Square. Deadline for dinner reservations is June 19. Call (717) 394-0623.

Pot pie, potato puffs, apple pepper jam, apple dumplings, chicken corn soup, chow chow, pork and sauerkraut and other Pennsylvania Dutch foods can be sampled at the Pennsylvania Dutch Food Fair Friday and Saturday in Bird-in-Hand, Pa. Some of the county's best-known restaurants will offer food and demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The fair will take place under a tent on Route 340 across from the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn. A bluegrass concert is scheduled there Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The finest growers, producers, manufacturers and servers of foods in Lancaster County will be showcased Friday and Saturday in a marketplace at the Artworks Expo Center in Ephrata. There will be free samples, recipes, demonstrations and a chicken cook-off by area cooks. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $2; free for under 12.

For festival information, call (717) 299-8901.

Country music

Top country-music stars like John Michael Montgomery, Neal McCoy, Brooks and Dunn, Faith Hill and Martina McBride will be in Crisfield Saturday and June 25 for the fifth annual Tangier Sound Country Music Festival at Hammock Pointe.

In addition to performances by these and other top artists, there will be workshops, children's activities, a dance tent, fresh seafood from local restaurants and, new this year, a juried craft show by some of the Eastern Shore's finest artisans. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day. Performances run from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Advance ticket reservations are advised. Tickets purchased by June 23 cost $24 for one day; $40 for two days; $5 for children 10 and under. If available, tickets purchased at the gate will cost $28; $5 for children. Call (410) 651-2968 or (800) 521-9189.

Arts in Frederick

The annual Frederick Festival of the Arts from Friday through June 25 makes Frederick another good destination for weekend travel. The Arts Market, featuring the works of more than 130 juried artists and crafts people from all over the country, will be set up in Carroll Creek Linear Park in downtown Frederick.

Other activities include children's theater, roving minstrels, ballet, face painting and musical entertainment featuring everything from classical to modern rock.

Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Evening concerts will take place each night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission to the Arts Market is $2 on Friday; $3 on Saturday and Sunday; free for children under 12. All other activities and concerts are free. Call (301) 694-9632.

Philadelphia festival

Another large art event, the sixth annual Manayunk Arts Festival, takes place in the Philadelphia area Saturday and June 25. It has become one of the largest outdoor events in the tristate area, attracting more than 250 nationally-recognized artists from around the country.

Festival goers can also enjoy food provided by Manayunk's 28 restaurants, jazz and children's art activities. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Shuttle service is available from various locations. Call (215) 482-9565.

Tilghman Island seafood

Saturday is the date for the annual Summer Seafood Festival on Tilghman Island. It will be held from noon to 8 p.m. at the fire house and adjacent park. Visitors can enjoy a variety of foods fresh from the bay, including steamed crabs, crab cakes, soft-shelled crabs, fried clams and steamed clams, as well as nonseafood fare.

A firemen's parade is part of an afternoon of entertainment that includes contests, games, arts and crafts, crab races and a crab-picking contest.

Admission is free. To reach the island take U.S. 50 to Route 322 in Easton. Turn right on Route 33 through St. Michaels and drive straight to Tilghman Island. Call (410) 886-2121.

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