A Taste of Innovation

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Save the date for food, fun, family, and friends—and supporting your favorite public radio station!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


Indoors and Outdoors*
  • Rain or shine. The outdoor stage will be sheltered by a large event tent.
  • Food and Craft Beverage Samplings, Live Music, and Kids Activity Tent will be in the grassy areas with ramp accessibility.
  • Chef Demonstrations: Outreach Building Lobby (100 Innovation Blvd, State College PA 16803)

Join us for a gathering of our region’s exceptional food offerings, wine, craft beer, and spirits tastings, live music, chef demonstrations, lawn games and activities, and a children’s activity tent.

This family-friendly event brings regional exhibitors together with WPSU-FM listeners to raise funds for your public radio station, WPSU.


How It Works

The purchase of wristbands benefits WPSU-FM – please support your local public radio station!

With your entry wristband, you can sample food and have access to the picnic lawn activities, chef demonstrations, and children’s activities. Full size portions are available for sale from all food and non-alcoholic beverage exhibitors.

Wine, craft beer, spirits, and hard cider tastings will also be available for tastings for our 21 and older guests at no charge with identification verification and a separate WPSU alcohol sampling wristband identifier. No full servings of alcohol for immediate consumption will be sold by exhibitors, nor will open containers other than the sampling cup be allowed. Mixed drinks samples shots will not be allowed, but bottled spirits may be sold. BYOB is strictly prohibited.

Event wristbands are $30 for ages 12 and older. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Buy in July and take advantage of early bird discounts.

A photo I.D. showing proof of legal drinking age is required at event check-in to obtain a wristband for sampling alcohol.


Food Tastings
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

On the lawn and grassy areas near 100 and 200 buildings on Innovation Boulevard. A list of participating exhibitors will be published in August. We are anticipating more than 50 exhibitors in 2018.

Live Music
11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to sit back and enjoy live music under the event tent on the picnic lawn.

Chef Demonstrations
11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Come inside the Outreach Building lobby to watch demonstrations from area chefs showing you recipes you can recreate at home.

Lawn Games
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Challenge your friends to a game of lawn checkers, mini soccer, and corn hole. On the picnic lawn between 100 and 200 buildings.

WPSU Children’s Activity Tent
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Come to the big blue WPSU tent to meet PBS Kids characters, participate in games and activities, and pick up some PBS KIDS swag to take home.  Please note, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Free Creamery Ice Cream
noon–2:00 p.m.

Stop in the 200 Technology Building for free ice cream and to learn more about some of the innovations going on at Innovation Park!


*Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Tamra Fatemi at 814-863-6635 or trf14@psu.edu, in advance of your participation or visit.