It’s time to #DrinkLocal at the PA Farm Show!
Did you know you can now find beer at the PA Farm Show?
For 104 years, the PA Farm Show has served as an annual showcase of Pennsylvania’s thriving agriculture.
From livestock to produce, if it’s produced in Pennsylvania, you can likely find it in the confines of the Farm Show Complex.
And that includes PA libations!
Our state’s agriculture is at the heart of so many breweries, wineries, and cideries, and finally, you can taste them all at the Farm Show.
Last year was the first time all three industries were represented at the Farm Show. Each guild hosts its own competition. Samples and sales are permitted after year one, and sales are now permitted after two years of competition.
Quick note: Wine has been part of the Farm Show forever; Cider came in next and has established its competition and will allow to-go sales this year alongside wine; Craft beer is the newest. This is year two of the competition, so breweries are only permitted to sample; next year, beer sales will also occur at the Farm Show.
Now, 2020 marks the first year you can sample all three Pennsylvania products during the eight-day event.
Winners of all categories will be announced Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Main Hall Stage.
Pennsylvania wine is no stranger to the Farm Show. For years, select wineries have gathered to compete, sample, and sell during the event.
Starting Jan. 4, the PA Wine Land Booths will host a variety of PA wineries on a rotating basis.
- January 4-5 featured wineries
- January 6-7 featured wineries
- January 8-9 featured wineries
- January 10-11 featured wineries
Cider was introduced to the Farm show in 2018 with the first-ever PA Farm Show Cider Competition followed by sampling last year.
Your trip this year can include sampling and for the first time, purchasing cider to go from varies members of the PA Cider Guild.
The PA Cider Guild will have seven PA cidermakers sampling on a rotating schedule.
Participating cideries include:
Craft beer sampling makes its debut at the PA Farm Show, and it’s the second year for the PA Farm Show Craft Beer Competition.
This year’s competition had more than 150 entries judged by a panel of industry professionals from seven states.
The categories included Best of Class, Best of Show, and PA Preferred Legacy Award, which aims to crown the top beer according to PA Preferred guidelines.
Winners from each category will sample during the event starting Saturday, Jan. 4.
Craft beer sales are not available this time around but will be available in 2021.
Of course, while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Farm Show Food Court, loaded with delicious Pennsylvania made food.