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Rebranded Taste of Chamber Event Expands to Farm & Food Businesses

Feb 02, 2018 • by Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
Taste of Berks

Reading, PA – The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) invites the community to attend its Taste of Berks event on Wednesday, February 21 at the Crowne Plaza Reading from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests can sample the best foods that Berks has to offer through our GRCA members in the food, agriculture, and hospitality industries.

This year, the event has been expanded to include agricultural businesses and food manufacturers in addition to restaurants, caterers, banquet venues, and food/beverage vendors. Over 40 vendors are expected to participate in this year’s event, representing the breath of amazing foods that are grown, produced, and created artfully right here in the Greater Reading region.

“Berks County Department of Agriculture and Berks Agricultural Resource Network (BARN) is excited to be invited to participate in this year’s Greater Reading Chamber Alliance Taste of Berks!” says Tami Hildebrand, Executive Director, Berks County Department of Agriculture. “This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to meet our local producers and to have them share their products and passion and to celebrate the secret that we’ve known for years: Berks is bountiful!”

Taste of Berks is Greater Reading’s premier night of Berks foods and entertainment. This year’s event also takes place in a new, larger location, the Crowne Plaza Reading. The event will also feature live cooking demonstrations by the Crowne Plaza’s Chef Tim. No matter your tastes, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this diverse event.

“One thing I learned since I came to Berks County a year ago was that people in Berks County like to eat!” said Randy Peers, GRCA President & CEO.  “From scrapple to apple cider donuts and every type of cuisine in between, we have an amazing array of food options to choose from.”

Guests can come for the amazing selection of local food samples and stay for a fun-filled evening of entertainment, music, networking, donated raffle prizes, and casino games hosted by GRCA Ambassadors.

To date, the following partners will showcase their fine foods:

3rd & Spruce Café; Allegheny Valley Dairy; Adelphia Seafood; Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza; Appeeling Fruit, Inc.; The Barn at Flying Hills; Benchwarmers Coffee & Doughnuts; Better Baker; Boscov’s Ala Carte Catering; Canteen – Berks County; Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel; Delivery Dudes; The Dine & Grin, Personal Cheffing Services; Dolce de Zabala; Five Star Home Foods; Folino Estate Vineyard & Winery; Food4All Cafe.teria; gour*mand; The Heritage of Green Hills; HOJD: House of Jerk Dred; Isaac’s Restaurants; Konopelski Katering; Mi Casa Su Casa Café; Mission BBQ; P.J. Whelihan’s Pub & Restaurant; The Perk Up Truck; Reading Distilling Guild; Reading Soda Works; The Restaurant at Galen Hall; Say Cheese! Restaurant & Cheese; Saladworks; SMG/Savor; Stokesay Castle; Sweet Ride Ice Cream; Tom Sturgis Pretzels, Inc.; Unique Pretzel Bakery, Inc.; Way-Har Farms; Weaver’s Orchard; Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery.

Cost is $20/person; cash bar. Guests can plan a night out with friends or family with a special deal: buy four tickets for $65 – $15 savings! Register on our website at or by calling 610.376.6766. 

The evening’s supporting sponsors are Forest Hills Memorial Park; Massage Envy; United Real Estate Strive 212 – Erica Fair.

The event’s snow date is Thursday, February 22.

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