First Night State College: A family-oriented, alcohol-free, art- and music-centered New Year celebration!
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Food at First Night

First Night Food

In addition to the fare offered at local restaurants, First Night State College offers several opportunities to satisfy a hungry appetite. Faith Church and University Baptist and Brethren Church host First Night cafes that support mission efforts of each church. Heidi’s Strudel and Hanson’s Kettle Korn are perennial First Night favorites. New this year is the Food for Thought food truck, which will be parked on S. Allen Street near First National Bank.

You can find a description of all event venues and access directions here.

Food For Thought on S. Allen Street
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Smeal College of Business alum Mitch Angle is the best educated food truck guy in downtown State College. In fact, he’s the first food truck guy in downtown State College. With a menu that offers “global sandwiches,” Mitch takes prosaic menu items from around the world – from England’s fish and chips to an American grilled cheese to Vietnam’s bahn mi – and adds his own Happy Valley twist. You’ll be sure to enjoy a tasty repast while enjoying the giant ice sculpture display.

Hanson’s Original Kettle Korn at Sidney Friedman Park
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
The Hanson family arrived at First Night State College five years ago and have been collecting fans ever since! They produce delightfully different popcorn served fresh, sweet and warm from a copper kettle. They also offer hot beverages including hot chocolate, cider, and coffee at the top of Park.

Heidi’s Strudel on S. Allen Street
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Long an audience favorite at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Heidi’s Strudel will serve up piping hot strudels along with delicious roasted nuts.

University Baptist and Brethren Church Soups and Sweets Café
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy delicious homemade breads, soups, desserts, and hot beverages in between your First Night activities in the lower level Fellowship Room of University Baptist and Brethren Church. A wheelchair accessible entrance (with lift) is available on Robin Alley next to the handicapped parking. Suggested donations support youth travel to volunteer work projects.

First Night Café at Faith United Church of Christ
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
This First Night stop by to enjoy a homemade traditional pork and sauerkraut dinner with potatoes. Hot dogs, homemade desserts and seasonal beverages will also be available. You’ll also be supporting the church’s ministries, especially Penguin Packs, the new outreach project that provides food over the weekend to low-income children at Park Forest Elementary school.

Visitors may use the Calder Way entrance to Romig Hall or the handicapped accessible entrance on Locust Lane.