Updated: Thirteenth Annual Taste of Tioga promotes local connections

Photos: Taste of Tioga; October 10, 2014

Jim Pratt and Pat French, of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, served autumn bisque soup from Chat-A-Wyle located in Apalachin, N.Y. and various homemade breads from Millie’s Bread, found at Waverly’s Farmers Market.

Photos: Taste of Tioga; October 10, 2014

Joan Shultz, left, and Donna Gibson served broccoli cheddar and loaded potato soups from Grand Central, 53 S. Depot St. in Owego, N.Y., which used vegetables and bacon from four area Tioga County farms.

Photos: Taste of Tioga; October 10, 2014

Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Tioga County, Andrew Fagan, posed with guests from Tioga Downs at the 13th annual Taste of Tioga on Friday, Oct. 10.

On Friday, Oct. 10, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Tioga County held the 13th annual Taste of Tioga from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Owego Treadway Inn and Conference Center in Owego, N.Y.

Not only a food festival and fundraiser for CCE of Tioga County, the event is a way to promote and build better relationships between farmers, restaurants and the community.

“It’s all about local,” stated Andrew Fagan, executive director of CCE of Tioga County. “This event brings together local farms, restaurants and people to celebrate the goodness and fruits of our labor, while helping build a happy, healthy community.”

Fagan was genuinely pleased with the turnout at the Oct. 10 event. “More restaurants and farms participated this year than ever before,” he said, and added, “It’s one of the best events to date. We had a high amount of ticket sales.”

More than 20 farms were listed as having participated, as well as more than 15 restaurants and three wine and beer businesses. Guests were also able to participate in raffles, and were treated to live music, including Phillips Head.

One of the restaurants at the Taste of Tioga was Angel’s Diner, located at 187 Main St. in Owego, N.Y. Suzanne and Robert Angel served guests potato and gouda cheese pierogies, which used russet potatoes from Mandeville Farm in Spencer, N.Y.; eggs from Our Five Acre Homestead and onions from Maple Tree Gardens, both in Owego; and gouda cheese from Engelbert Farms in Nichols, N.Y.

All of the restaurants participating used at least two or more ingredients from local farms, such as Owego’s The Cellar Restaurant and The Calaboose Grille, and the Parkview Hotel and Restaurant, just to name a few.

The CCE of Tioga County hopes that the Taste of Tioga event will inspire everyone to learn more about buying local and supporting the Southern Tier’s ample food sources year round.

The CCE of Tioga County is on Facebook and Twitter, and on-line at ccetioga.org. Their office is located at 56 Main St. in Owego, N.Y. and they can be reached by phone at (607) 687-4020.

CCE Tioga is a non-profit, educational agency founded in 1913 as an extension of Cornell University.

Click here to view photos from the event, and check back later for a full report.

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