You’re sure to work up an appetite at First Night State College. You can enjoy a wide variety of tasty fare from our food vendors and at special events hosted by two State College churches. First Night is also a great time to visit downtown restaurants. We don’t want you to go home hungry!
Celebrate First Night with Chili!
Hanson’s Original Kettle Korn
Sidney Friedman Park
Noon – 11:00 pm
The Hanson family started making fans shortly after popping its first kernel of kettle korn 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 the Park.
South Allen Street
Noon – 11:00 pm
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.
First Night Café
Faith United Church of Christ, 300 East College Avenue
4:30 – 6:30 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.
Soups and Sweets Café
University Baptist and Brethren Church, 411 South Burrowes Street
4:00 – 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.