What does York County taste like?

Local farm stands will answer with fresh produce, summertime wine and punchy hard cider at the second annual Tastes of York County event.

The event, a fundraiser hosted by Buy Fresh Buy Local's York County chapter, will feature samples from 20 food and wine vendors, as well as several educational workshops from local businesses and professionals. It will also mark the official kickoff for the chapter's third annual summer scavenger hunt.

Tastes of York County will run from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Brown's Orchards & Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South in Springfield Township.

Tickets are $10 each, and the event is free for kids younger than 12 years old. All proceeds will go to the local Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter.

Food and family: Ticket sales max out at 300, and that's how many people attended last year's inaugural event, said Linda Gallagher, chairwoman for this year's event.

Tastes of York County proceeds help pay for the chapter's local food guide, which is available online and at local stores, she said.

"So it's mainly a fundraiser and also a community awareness campaign to promote the farmers that are participating," Gallagher said. "And just the whole concept of promoting locally grown food."

It's also a family friendly way for parents to show their kids where fresh, local food comes from, she said.

"And how it tastes better than the processed stuff they might be used to," Gallagher said.

Event details: Vendors at the event are from all over the county and include the Markets at Shrewsbury, Siwik Produce Farm, Lyman's Nursery, Naylor Wine and Wyndridge Farm Cidery.

Workshops will run every half hour, starting at 3:30 p.m. with a homemade herb vinegar demonstration by Dennis and Maryann Mawhinney of Dillsburg-based Mawhinney's Herb Vinegars.

Christy Freytag will hold a backyard composting workshop at 4 p.m., followed by a healthy, local and in-season cooking seminar with Sean Arnold of Healthy World Cafe.

At 5 p.m., Metta Barbour, chairwoman of the York County Food Alliance, will teach about container gardening. And Harvey's Gardens, a Wrightsville-based nursery, will hold an edible plants workshop at 5:30 p.m.

Marcia Weber, a family and consumer sciences educator at Penn State Extension, will hold home food preservation workshops throughout the event.

The hunt: The summer scavenger hunt will kick off at the event and run through Aug. 8. Participants can visit 35 farms and businesses around the county, earning stamps at each location.

Those who visit at least eight will be entered to win prizes from local farms and food providers; those who visit all 35 will be entered to win a grand prize.

"The purpose is to make people go, 'Wow, all these places exist in York County,'" Gallagher said. "It's a fun challenge for people."

Prizes will be handed out at the Scavenger Hunt Wrap-up Party on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the York County 4-H Center during the 4-H Fair.

Scavenger hunt maps will be available at the event, www.buyfreshbuylocalyork.com and participating locations.

- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.

If You Go

Tastes of York County will run from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Brown's Orchards & Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South in Springfield Township.

The second annual event, hosted by Buy Fresh Buy Local's York County chapter, will feature samples from 20 food and wine vendors, several educational workshops and the official kickoff for the chapter's third annual summer scavenger hunt.

Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.brownsorchards.com or at Brown's Orchards, Flinchbaugh's Orchard, Sonnewald Natural Foods and Dillsburg Farmers' Market. Children under 12 admitted free. All proceeds from the event will go to the local Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter.