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7th Annual Scrapplefest at Reading Terminal MarketBy Danya Henninger | October 31, 2013 By Danya Henninger | October 31, 2013
This Saturday, Reading Terminal Market hosts its annual Scrapplefest, a cook-off and celebration of the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch breakfast treat. Scrapple is so ubiquitous in the region that if you grew up around here, you were probably shocked to discover people from other states had never heard of it and had no inkling of its deliciousness.
Traditionally, scrapple is a loaf of pork scraps, cornmeal, spices and flour that’s sliced and fried to order. What lands on your plate - often accompanied by eggs - is crispy on the outside and melting on the inside, full of salty, rich pork flavor. When you take a bite, it’s best not to think about the actual ingredients (which probably included assorted offal, marrow, bones and trimmings) and just revel in the deliciousness of the final product.
Scrapplefest has been held every year since 2007, and on November 2, a lineup of local chefs and producers will hold court in the center of the market from 10 AM-4 PM. There will be samples of different scrapple brands and plenty of creative scrapple dishes to try, and a panel of judges will pick the best of the bunch. Expect twists on the traditional - past years have seen a vegetarian scrapple (it once took second prize) and scrapple served with chocolate. You never know until you try.
Pictured: Housemade scrapple at Cheu Noodle Bar