Pennsylvania puts culinary culture in the spotlight on four new culinary trails
HARRISBURG – (WJET / WFXP / YourErie.com) – If you’re a foodie, Pennsylvania has new food tours for you.
On Wednesday, First Lady Frances Wolf and Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Assistant Secretary for Marketing, Tourism and Cinema Carrie Fischer Lepore launched four new culinary trails in the Commonwealth: Picked: An Apple Trail; In the oven: a bread track; Chopped: a delicatessen trail; and marinated: a fermented trail.
â€œIn Pennsylvania, food is not just a meal – it’s an important part of our history, culture and heritage,â€ said Assistant Secretary Fischer Lepore. â€œThese culinary trails allow travelers to further immerse themselves in what it means to be a Pennsylvanian, through our heritage and our food traditions. And the Culinary Trails will introduce longtime Pennsylvanians to new restaurants, craft shops and more, helping to stimulate the many small businesses that form the fabric of the Commonwealth’s food legacy.
The Culinary Trails feature local farms, artisans, and other food businesses from all counties and corners of Pennsylvania. The goal is to provide travelers with an immersive, multisensory understanding of the Commonwealth’s rich food culture.
â€œStorytelling is one of the most powerful tools we have for sharing what life was like at any given time, and what we eat, how we eat it and why we eat it is a key element. stories that we pass down through generations, â€said First Lady Wolf. “Pennsylvania’s past and present are extremely characterized by the foods that have been blended into the history of our communities, and each of the culinary trails is the perfect way to show how each plate continues to shape our Commonwealth.”
Since 2018, DCED has collaborated with Chatham University’s Center for Regional Agriculture, Food and Processing (CRAFT) to develop culinary trails that accurately represent the rich culture and history of the State, including the distinctive dishes popularized by immigrants who built local communities. .
Each trail has four to five â€œgroupsâ€, separated by region, to be traveled during a two to four day road trip. The diverse offerings include local bakeries, restaurants, wineries, cider houses and other food stores and restaurants. The trail will also feature places of historical significance to give travelers a feel for the history of different cultures, recipes and food preparation techniques.
The four new culinary paths
Picked: an apple trail
Pennsylvania is ranked fourth in the United States for apple cultivation, producing between 400 and 500 million pounds of apples per year. Picked: An Apple Trail features a sample of traditional farms, cider houses, bakeries, and other places like apple pie pottery and ceramic makers.
In the oven: a bread track
From pretzels and fly pie to haluski and hops, grains like corn and wheat have played a central role in Pennsylvania history, economy, and culture. Baked: A Bread Trail honors the grain regions of Pennsylvania with baked goods, crafts, mills, bakeries, breweries, and restaurants.
Chopped: a delicatessen trail
Derived from the French expression meaning “meat cooker”, the salting of meats is a practice that dates back to the beginning of the 19e century in the Commonwealth as migrants from Eastern European countries settled in rural areas and built smokehouses in their backyards. Minced: A Deli Trail takes visitors on an exploration of deli meats and side dishes, ranging from backyard smoked sausage to select planks hand-carved with curing methods and recipes handed down from generation to generation.
Picked: A Fermented Trail
From common menu items like pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, and beer to delicacies like beetroot eggs, root beer, kefir, and kombucha, Pennsylvanians love fermented foods. Pickled: A Fermented Trail includes stops at farms and creameries, wineries and markets, and even historically significant homes and hotels for fermented products.
The four new culinary trails are in addition to two existing trails that have been developed by the Pennsylvania Tourist Board: Scooped: An Ice Cream Trail and Tapped: A Maple Trail. For more information and a full itinerary of all the culinary trails, click HERE.
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