Foodies rejoice, it’s almost time for Happy Valley Culinary Week.
The weeklong celebration of cooking, local food and chefs begins Monday. Participating restaurants will offer discounted meals, and a variety of events and demonstrations will take place throughout the week.
There are a lot of locally owned restaurants and great chefs in the area, said Andy Rupert, director of marketing for the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Culinary Week is a way to “spark an interest” in local restaurants, he said.
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Among the events are vegan cooking demonstrations at Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe, a garden tour at Carnegie Inn & Spa and a cooking demonstration at the Tavern, Rupert said.
Having gone to graduate school in Mississippi, Rupert said he’s especially partial to Spat’s Cafe & Speakeasy, which is hosting A Creole Summer Picnic from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday.
On Saturday, there will be two showings of “Burnt,” 4 and 7:30 p.m., at The State Theatre. Food by Taproot Kitchen — a nonprofit that helps adults with intellectual disabilities to find opportunities in the local food economy — will be available.
Culinary Week is held during a slower part of the summer, Rupert said, and restaurants see a “decent uptick” customers after it’s over.
If you go
What: Happy Valley Culinary Week
When: June 12-18
Where: various locations