Residents and visitors to the area, including Ligonier Country Market (LCM) fans, will want to mark Saturday, August 8 on their calendars to attend this year’s annual farm-to-table harvest dinner.
Co-sponsored by the LCM and the Loyalhanna Watershed Association (LWA), this year’s event will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the LWA Farm Market grounds located just off Main Street West and Route 30. in the canton of Ligonier.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event will operate a little differently than in recent years – be held outside ‘picnic table’ style with a la carte dining options, and will respect local standards. government health and safety guidelines, including social distancing.
However, attendees will still be able to enjoy a wide selection of foods and drinks prepared locally by LCM vendors to celebrate the farm-to-table lifestyle and support local farmers and food producers.
“You could say that this year the Harvest Dinner is going back to its roots as the very first Harvest Dinner that LCM and LWA sponsored was a larger supplier collaboration and with over 10 suppliers we highlight as many as possible” , said Cari Frei, executive director of the market. “The Harvest Dinner has become one of our community’s favorite annual gatherings, and we are very excited about this year’s event. “
A limited number of tickets are only $ 5 per person and are available through Eventbrite at https://farmtopicnictableharvestdinner2020.eventbrite.com. All proceeds will go to LWA’s free community education programs, which include ongoing environmental education classes and activities for local students.
Attendees can then purchase their meals during the event from one of the many LCM vendors who will be onsite and serve food and drink, including: Connections Cafe (grilled pizza), Gosia’s Pierogies, The Picked Chef, Beth’s Cookie Table, Laurel Mountain Limonade, Pleasant Lane Farms (cheese plate), Sand Hill Berries, Sobels Brewery, Grateful Smoke Barbecue, Irma’s German Goodies and Stateside Vodka.
Diners will also have the chance to win raffle prizes made and donated by LCM vendors. The annual butterfly release sponsored by Donna Tidwell will also take place during the event.
Wayne Shaffer will play acoustic music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and The Cash Out Band will play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“Everything is set for a relaxing evening on the farm – with delicious food and drinks from our amazing LCM vendors and great live music by talented local artists,” said Frei. “Please note that, to comply with social distancing guidelines, a limited number of tickets are available, so we recommend that people purchase tickets early to secure their seats.”
Participants are kindly requested to bring their own chairs, tables, awnings or picnic blankets for a comfortable experience.
For more information, please call the LWA office at 724-238-7560, Ext. 1 #, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.