It’s 2020. Let’s start this year off right.
From frozen treats (engineered by a little science) to events that will bowl you over, we have enough food events to keep you full as you start the new year:
Here are a half-dozen we think you should consider:
Ice Cream Wars
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4, Da Vinci Science Center, 3145 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown
This event is fun, family-friendly, educational — and delicious. In its 12th year, Da Vinci’s Ice Cream Wars returns, pitting teams up against one another to determine who has made the tastiest ice cream using liquid nitrogen.
At negative 321 degrees Fahrenheit, liquid nitrogen freezes the ingredients in a flash, limiting ice crystals you can find in traditional ice cream, creating a much creamier treat that’s ready in about five minutes.
Those who attend can taste all nine flavors and cast a vote to help decide who will become the 2020 Ice Cream Wars Champion.
Tasting takes place 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with winners announced at 3:30 p.m.
How much: $14.95, including regular admission to the center.
Chili Cook Off
Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at Galen Glen Winery, 255 Winter Mountain Drive, Andreas (Schuylkill County)
Perfectly timed for the frigid weather of January is the Seventh Annual Chili Cook Off at Galen Glen. The event benefits The West Penn Fire Company.
Here’s how it works: You can taste chili recipes from six local chefs and vote for your favorite.
How much: $9, includes a one-ounce sample of each chili and for those 21 and over six ounces of either Galen Glen’s Chambourcin, Cellar Red or Winter Mountain Red.
Sushi demonstration and Japanese whiskey pairing
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24, McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar, 534 Main St, Bethlehem
At this event, you’ll enjoy a sushi demonstration from Chef Christopher Bavlinka of The Stone Soup and a presentation on the history of Japanese whiskey making by Janet Brennan, a Red Stag Pub Whisky Ambassadors. You’ll get to sample sushi and several Japanese style whiskeys.
How much: $45 (limited seating available).
Make your own kombucha; cheese-making demonstration
Kombucha: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at Easton Public Market, 325 Northampton St. Easton
The first of two food events you can attend at the popular indoor market, “Make Your Own Kombucha” is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the fermented drink and what it takes to make it at home. You’ll also taste various double-fermented kombuchas and learn to make those at home as well.
How much: $35
Cheese-making demo: 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 25, at Easton Public Market
The second food event gives you the opportunity to learn from one of the top cheesemakers in our area, Stefanie Angstadt, owner and cheesemaker of Valley Milkhouse Creamery, in Oley, Berks County. She’ll give you a crash course in cheesemaking theory, a stove top demonstration on fresh ricotta making, and an evaluative cheese tasting with Valley Milkhouse cheeses, as well as a selection of wine from Tolino Vineyards.
How much: $55
Info for both classes: eastonpublicmarket.com/calendar
Souper Bowl XI
Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 25 at SteelStacks 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem
It’s the 11th year for this popular food event, where you get to taste soups from the area’s top restaurant chefs and caterers.
This year Souper Bowl will features soups in categories such as vegetarian, seafood-based, cream-based, meat-based, ethnic, most original, and people’s choice.
Among those lined up for the event: Bethlehem AVTS — Culinary Arts, Bethlehem (previous winners): Burgers and More by Emeril, Bethlehem; Joe’s Tavern, Bethlehem; Molly’s Irish Grill and Sports Pub, Bethlehem; Mystical Treatsss, Hellertown; Roasted, Bethlehem; Social Still, Bethlehem; and Volpe’s Sports Bar, Emmaus
How much: $40 for general admission; $35 for ArtsQuest members; $65 for the public, $60 for ArtsQuest members for a VIP ticket, which entails you to an hour early admission and a special giveaway.
Info, tickets; steelstacks.org/event/9530/souper-bowl-xi/
Morning Call reporter Jennifer Sheehan can be reached at 610-820-6628 or firstname.lastname@example.org