Food Courts usually don’t thrill me. I’ll walk on the other side of the mall just to avoid the little chicken teriyaki sample that’s handed out at the Food Court. But, oh, the Food Court at the 2011 PA Farm Show was different. Filled with booths that were staffed by various food agricultural organizations in Pennsylvania, and designed to highlight PA food products, the offerings included pulled pork sandwiches, milk shakes with milk from Pennsylvania cows, apple dumplings, and more. In attempt to not bore readers who are getting tired of my Farm Show rants, I am just listing my top two selections from the Food Court. It was hard to list only two, but here they are.
1. Potato Donuts. There’s nothing like a freshly made cake donut. And the Pennsylvania Co-operative of Potato Growers not only make these fluffy treats on site, but the recipe includes Pennsylvania potatoes. FANTASTIC. (About 20,000 dozen donuts were sold at last year’s show.)
2. Maple Cotton Candy. My mother claims that when I was two years old, and being pushed in the stroller on the boardwalk at the shore, I cried and cried for cotton candy until they bought it for me. Supposedly, I then got it all over my clothes and made a real mess. I doubt this story. First, my parents never caved to crying. Second, they weren’t into junk food at all. And third, I have never liked cotton candy. At all. Until now. The cotton candy at the Pennsylvania Maple Syrup Producers Council area was made from PA maple syrup and cane sugar. Although it looks a bit like insulation, the flavor is maple-y and wonderful. Ha ha, mom and dad. I can buy my own cotton candy now.
If you missed this year’s Farm Show, next year I will remind everyone ahead of time. It’s a ton of fun for everyone.