Take a Culinary Journey to Support Local Restaurants
Local tourism and economic development groups have teamed up to create five self-guided food trails in the Hazleton area. The trails encourage people to support restaurants and bars in the wake of COVID-19.
Thanks to funding from the Luzerne County CARES Act grant, the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress and the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce partnered with DiscoverNEPA and the Luzerne County Tourism and Visitors Bureau to make the program possible. The trails include:
Coffee & Cream Trail – A sweet trail featuring coffee shops, bakeries and creameries.
Empanada & Taco Trail – A tour through the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean and South America.
Pizza & Pasta Trail – A tasty trip to family-run Italian restaurants and pizzerias.
Shot & A Beer Trail – A trail featuring neighborhood bars and pubs.
Surf & Turf Trail – A taste of Hazleton’s fine dining restaurants.
This is a great way to not only promote local restaurants, but also give people something fun to do. It will provide incentive for people to get out and try foods they’ve never tasted, and visit restaurants they’ve never been to before,”
Krista Schneider, Executive Director of the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress
Seventy restaurants are participating in the program. DiscoverNEPA has created a website with maps of the trails and details about each location.
To complete the trail, you can visit the participating businesses (whether you’re dining in or ordering takeout) and collect signatures on your paper “passport.” Then return the passport to the new downtown Hazleton Welcome Center for a chance to win restaurant gift certificates, t-shirts and other prizes.
Print a passport from the website or pick up a copy at any of the participating businesses. Passports will also be available at the Welcome Center starting on December 4. English and Spanish versions are available.
“We hope that this draws not only locals but also people from outside the area to taste all the foods we have to offer, whether they be derived from Italian, Eastern European or Caribbean recipes,” said Fermin Diaz, the Alliance’s Main Street Program coordinator who helped organize the promotion.
The program will continue through 2021, as funding permits. Make sure to check the operating hours and safety precautions of each business before visiting.
The Welcome Center unveiled the trails at a press conference on November 6.
Calling All Foodies!
Check out the food trail webpage to get started on your self-guided tour of Hazleton’s dining scene.