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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. The newest addition is the Food for Thought food truck, parked on S. Allen Street near First National Bank.

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

Hanson’s Original Kettle Korn at Sidney Friedman Park
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
The Hanson family is a fixture at First Night State College. 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.

Annual First Night Café at Faith United Church of Christ
December 31, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Chili is back!  Stop by to warm up and choose from a selection of chili varieties, as well as chili dogs, kraut dogs, beverages and homemade desserts.

As you enjoy a warming meal, you’ll also be supporting the ministries of Faith Church, including the ‘Out of the Cold’ homeless shelter and ‘Penguin Packs’ weekend food supplies for elementary age students.

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