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Hillside Farms hosts summer fair and season’s first farm to table dinner

July 25. 2013 12:48PM

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The Lands at Hillside Farms held a Summer Fair and Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday, July 13 at The Cedars and Hillside Cottage. The event was a fundraiser for Green Guides, Hillside Farms animal-assisted activities for vulnerable youth. Luzerne Bank was the presenting sponsor.

Summer Fair offered fun for all ages, including traditional yard games and activities, continuous live music with soloist Leland Smith and Mother Nature’s Sons, along with visits from Hillside Farms animals. The historic cottage was open for tours where guests experienced firsthand the beauty and charm of the “mansion on the hill.” The evening was highlighted by a performance by The Burning Hearts, a Fire and Light Theater group from Allentown.

Numerous vendors shared samples of wine, beer and root beer, including ROOT, a Philadelphia-based company that holds the original “recipe” for root beer spirits.

The grand tent presented a bounty of local food choices for purchase, including pork BBQ, grilled bruschetta, grilled chicken, Caesar salad, macaroni and cheese, lime cilantro corn on the cob and more.

Local artisans and vendors showcased an enticing array of arts, home goods and unique jewelry. Carol Ann Pirolli from Alps of Our Lady Alpaca demonstrated the fine art of alpaca felt spinning and the Bee Keepers Daughter hosted an up-close educational exhibit of live honeybees.

Guests gathered on the Cottage wrap-around porch to enjoy an authentic Hillside farm to table dinner prepared by chef Pat Greenfield. The menu included fresh cream of carrot soup with Hillside cream, mixed green salad with in -eason herbs and tomato, Chicken Oscar with lump crab with asparagus, garlic mashed potato and in-season fresh fruit pie topped with Hillside vanilla ice cream.


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