Save the Date for Annual ‘Toast to Dairy’ Celebration on June 13

Purchase Tickets by May 1 to Receive Early-Bird Discount

The Dairy Excellence Foundation is hosting its annual farm-to-fork celebration, “A Toast to Dairy,” on Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 6-9 p.m. at Melhorn Manor in Mount Joy, Pa. The event includes meal stations sourced with Pennsylvania Preferred ingredients, a selection of artisan cheeses, and locally crafted wines, brews and ciders. Individuals who purchase tickets by May 1 will receive an early-bird discount with $10 off each ticket.

This year, the event will feature guided, interactive cheese tastings paired with Pennsylvania apple and cider products along with farm-to-fork food stations, a dessert bar, and samples from local wineries, breweries and cideries. Attendees will receive a tasting passport to enjoy samples at each stop. The event will also include raffles, live music, a caricature artist, an outdoor courtyard, and opportunities to network with individuals from the dairy community and beyond.

“’A Toast to Dairy’ benefits the next generation of dairy and supports the scholarships, internships and curriculum our Foundation provides to agriculture students and educators across the state,” said Emily Barge, Communications and Marketing Manager at the Dairy Excellence Foundation. “We’ll have some new businesses and faces at the event this year – many with strong roots in dairy farming and local agriculture – and a lot of delicious food stations. We hope to see you there.”

Approximately 300 people attended the event last year and helped support the Foundation’s efforts to expose students of all ages to agriculture and dairy farming. Learn more about the farm-to-fork event:

  • When: Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Where: Melhorn Manor
    977 West Main St.
    Mount Joy, PA 17552
  • Cost: $85 per person. Individuals who purchase tickets by May 1 will receive $10 off each ticket. Additional discounts are available for group purchases of eight or more tickets.

“This is one of the ‘must attend’ events of the year, and it supports a great cause. It’s a great event to meet with other folks that have similar interests in supporting our agricultural community, and specifically, the Dairy Excellence Foundation. It’s a very enjoyable evening with great activities. Of course, the food is excellent as well,” said Frank Campbell who regularly attends the event.

All proceeds from the event will support the scholarships, internships and curriculum provided through the Dairy Excellence Foundation. Those who are unable to attend the event can still support the Foundation at

To sponsor the event, email Jayne Sebright at or call 717-346-0849. Learn more at