It’s not every day that a sandwich becomes a national sensation. However, the World’s Largest Lebanon Bologna Sandwich, unveiled at the Lebanon Area Fair, did just that, capturing attention from coast to coast and even reaching our neighbors to the north.
The 150-foot culinary marvel, celebrated in over 150 news outlets across the United States and Canada, made headlines in renowned news sources, such as USA Today, Fox News, and the Associated Press. ABC News also showcased the spectacular creation.
Crafted with the signature taste of Lebanon Bologna from Seltzer’s Smokehouse Meats, a staple in the Valley since 1902, the sandwich comprised over 1,200 slices of bologna. That’s an impressive 67 pounds of seasoned, smoked, and sliced 100% beef.
To complement the bologna, Chef Brian Peffley provided a durable French bread using up to 250 pounds of flour. Topping off the sandwich, attendees found around 600 slices of fresh provolone cheese.
However, this wasn’t just a sandwich for show. Every foot was sponsored at $100, with the entire $16,000 raised being donated to Lebanon County Christian Ministries. Their mission focuses on offering food, clothing, shelter, and guidance to those in need in the Lebanon Valley.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank reports that in 2020, nearly 10% of Lebanon Valley’s residents faced food insecurity. The sandwich’s creation and the subsequent funds raised aim to help combat this pressing issue.
“The week following the event was so exciting as we got to see our giant sandwich make its way across headlines near and far,” said Jennifer Kuzo, president of Visit Lebanon Valley. “With such an important cause behind the sandwich, it is truly amazing to see the story shared with so many people.”
Those eager to get a behind-the-scenes look at the sandwich’s creation can watch the event on Visit Lebanon Valley’s YouTube channel.
To learn more about the area’s attractions and businesses, visit www.VisitLebanonValley.com.
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