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Amish Farm Dinner

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Amish Farm Dinner

We will be attending the Sight and Sound Theater on Sept 7, 2013 and would love to have dinner on an Amish Farm. Can anyone direct us on how to get reservations?

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1. Re: Amish Farm Dinner

If you search past threads, you'll find this question gets asked here quite often.

The answer is:

There are some Amish families who do this, but they're actually not supposed to, and giving specific contact info on a public forum could land them in trouble. In order to open your home to serve meals to the general public, these families are subject to the same laws governing restaurants in respect to health, safety and fire codes, ADA compliance, liability insurance, etc. etc.....prohibitively expensive to comply.

You might expect officials would "cut them some slack," but they don't. Crackdowns have been in the news.

You can certainly ask around when you get here. Reportedly, some B&B's can arrange this for their guests. Good luck and enjoy your visit.

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Thank you for your reply. I never thought of it in that light and I certainly would not want to see anyone penalized. We stayed at a B&B a few years ago and it was offered to us at that time. It was quite awesome to see, first hand, the life of this very special community.

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Daddio is correect. These are done"under the radar" customarily arranged by B and B's for their guests.

The only Amish owned and run restaurant is Katies Kitchen It is not far from Sight and Sound on Route 896. We have gone there twice for lunch and enjoyed it. Limited menu( Its a former Ice cream/hamburger stand, so the kitchen is small)

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Katie's Kitchen is a commercial restaurant. While it is owned and operated by an Amish family, it's quite different from having dinner with them in their home. As previously mentioned, however, due to the crack-down of local authorities on Amish families hosting dinners in their homes, Katie's Kitchen may be the most easily accessible alternative.

But ask your innkeeper anyway.

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A lot of these crackdowns are now old news (meaning they happened a decade ago or more) and in some cases were deserved as people got sick from E. coli due to serious cross-contamination/cleanliness issues.

The reality is that the ability to dine with the Amish has never gone anywhere and it never will go away.

I can think of two places where you could go tomorrow in the Ephrata/Lititz area. As mentioned, it's done very word of mouth but if you ask around in the local area you will be directed to the correct location(s) and there are several B&B's that still actively advertise their desire/ability to set this up for you whether you are staying with them or (for a fee) not.

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I'm sure the Amish woman in one of the northern townships who was threatened with a $10,000 fine just two months ago would LOVE to think that the authorities were not currently taking this seriously. No, it's real, it's current and it's factual. However, with a little investigation, one can find what one needs to find.

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