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    Great job Jeff! It sounds like all will be well fed...and that is a good thing indeed! Keep us posted!!
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    give me veggies

    All this talk of food makes me hungry!
    Seriously, I really enjoyed the fresh vegetable vendor at the Johnson City rally. And based on their sales weÔÇÖre not the only ones. Would be nice to see something like that, or available close by, at this rally. I know you can go to any grocery store and buy fresh veggies but we prefer locally grown, for both health and economic reasons.
    So, is an onsite fresh veggie vendor a possibility or at least a listing of farmers markets in the area.
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    Funny you should ask. We discussed this in Bloomsburg Wednesday evening and I just received an e-mail that the local farmer's market is VERY interested in vending fruits, veggies and baked goods at the rally. They usually run their market on Thursdays and Saturdays so I'll have to get more details if they can vend Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Also, as Statdawg listed earlier in this thread, there is an organic farm nearby that will be a worthwhile destination. I believe that they are only open on Saturday but more information will be available at the Rally.

    Thank your Rally Chairs for listing an on-site Farmer's Market as a high priority for this year's event.
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    Thank you. My heart, and stomach, thank you too!
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    Thanks for looking into having the farmer's market there. It really helps those of us who are celiacs and on a gluten-free diet to have something we can eat. When you can't eat anything with wheat, oats, rye, barley in it you are very limited at fairgrounds!

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    I look forward to trying a lot of local and regional food at and near the rally.

    I loved the food at Johnson City but it was the same food I eat every day and some of it was prepared by the same people.

    I once thought I knew what Cajun food tasted like. But when I went to New Orleans, I found out pretend Cajun food is not nearly as good as the real stuff.
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    We're only a couple of days into March but the rally food is cookin'!

    Right now, we have 20 food vendors chosen along with five 'snack' vendors (ice cream, nachos, peanuts, candy, popcorn, etc.) The snack vendors will be close to the commercial vendors, MOA Country Store and Vintage display. The rest of the food vendors will be lined up a short distance away. There will be vendors very close to the stage and beer garden and we have a commitment from many of them to stay open until 11:00 pm. And one big advantage of the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds - it's 100% wired for electricity. That means no noisy generators.

    Now that we are pretty much done with food vendor selection, I'll be concentrating on menus. Our goal is to provide unique foods at each vendor so there will be lots of variety. Don't worry, there will be plenty of pizza, burgers and french fries available, but there will also be Mongolian BBQ, sweet corn, salads, Cajun-infused sausage, and of course, chicken & waffles.

    Prices? You'd have a hard time spending $10 on any meal. The breakfast buffets will be around $8 for a full spread with coffee & juices. And dinner plates will be about the same. Dessert options will be plentiful. Also, I'm requesting that all vendors sell bottled water for $1.

    Finally, I haven't forgotten those of you that have special dietary needs. I'm searching the vendor menus for vegetarian and gluten-free options and will have the vendors specifically advertise those foods at their stands.

    My only request to the MOA membership is that you give the vendors a chance to serve you. We're expecting a record crowd this year and believe that there will be plenty of good food options within the Fairgrounds. As soon as the menus are finalized, I'll post up the list so y'all can start planning your daily meals.

    Edit: Forgot to mention the round-the-clock pig roasting, fish fry, BBQ chicken and smoked beef.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post
    Come on! if they can have Cheese Steaks in the Middle East..why not at the Rally??

    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/201...e-middle-east/
    Go to Philly and get one if you're jonesin'. You're close enough.

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    Jeff, I PM'd you regarding Gluten Free options.

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    Cool Say cheese

    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post
    Why don't you re-read the intent of my first post...
    Clay

    Maybe my comprehension skills are lacking from early retirement but here is what I am thinking.

    #1. I doubt they would wish to invest in a 4 day event when they can expand in the Middle East. I appears their reach is not needed in central Pennsylvania because most Mid-Atlantic residents already know them.

    #2. The MOA is trying to keep as much economic impact as we can in the local community. In return the Chamber of Commerce may extend a greater hand thus making the trade show with camping a profitable enterprise and keep our membership dues in check.

    #3. We are fortuate to have the vendors available when you consider that the Hughesville Fair and Danville Heritage Days are going on the same weekend.

    #4. Once the menu's are available, I will list alternative options within the community since most of us will be going off grounds. For example the best pizza is from Naples, Italy and Old Forge, Pa has two families that have been doing pizza since they arrived here. Or the best Kielbasa is in Plymonth, Nanticoke and Shenandoah. I know its not up to the great brats of German Heritage but Poland has been part of Germany so "I" can't tell a differance except a spice or two...........I need retraining !

    BTW the Shenandoah business ships their Kielbasa to the Middle East ...... to our troops.

    #5. Then again who knows there maybe a Philly Cheesesteak to clog an artery and test Geisingers new Heart Hospital just down the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post
    I sense either Union thinking has infiltrated with collective bargaining threats..or..a rather large(family owned) food distribution organization has entered someone's decision making.. Approx 80+ posts to this thread says their tired of Fast Foods and go with local cuizine..Pass the cheese wiz please
    Union ! Among the Fishing Creek Confederacy ?

    I am all for local ! Matter a fact Columbia County is ranked 15th out of 26 Agriculture counties statewide and when you take in its size and Pennsylvania being ranked sixth in the nation that says alot......... plus lets not forget that this area fed the industrial revolution so certainly we don't need any krafty nor south Philly inluence ramming stuff down our blow hole. I don't think it will happen.........furthermore Jeff is a geek not a fishmonger and we are not eating software.

    Now Clay, you have me hungry, my bike and rain gear is waiting for me so I am off to Tamaqua. Take a ride over someday we'll scout out some new places.
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    As Cheez Whiz is not real cheese (the technical term is "processed cheese food", and yes, there is a difference), it stands to reason that a you cannot glop it on a steak and call it a cheesesteak.

    And as one who works for the large(est) food distribution center, may I add that to my customers, I am local. I work, and I spend my locally earned pay check signed by the big corporate honch at their locally owned, independant establishments.

    Eat local, whatever they are serving! Pass the keilbasa and pierogi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post
    Got one better..I'm pack'n the bike and head'n south for Trailer Week(Bike Week)..be back after Spring starts. I can taste the beer and raw oysters now!
    I hope you don't want them in Bloomsburg too.
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    The fresh food vendor at Johnson City was the best. I would hope there will be another this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drsales View Post
    The fresh food vendor at Johnson City was the best. I would hope there will be another this year.
    By "fresh food", do you mean fresh fruit?

    There is one vendor (Boots) in the greater Bloomsburg area that does a fresh fruit stand. He was my first call back in early January. And he already committed to vend at a neighboring county fair. Several people tried to convince him to quit that fair and vend at our rally. He declined since the fair is a 10-day event and he'd lose his deposit and be in poor standing for next year.

    Other vendors I spoke with said that they could do fresh fruit but it wouldn't be as good as Boots' product.

    I'm not giving up on finding someone to take his place but it will be a challenge to meet our high expectations.
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