Lancaster County brings in a lot of tourists throughout the year. People come from all over the surrounding areas to take in the food and the culture. One place that is popular amongst the tourists where you can find both of those things is Kitchen Kettle Village. It’s a great outdoor walking area full of stores that will cater to almost anyone in your group. This is one of the places we try to get to a few times a year. This is what we like about Kitchen Kettle Village.
Kitchen Kettle Village is a fun, but typical tourist attraction one would find in the Lancaster County area. There are a variety of stores that feature all sorts of different items from art to handmade quilts to leather products and so much more. There are also a large number of food stores. The most popular of these food stores though, is the main Kitchen Kettle Store, home to all the Kitchen Kettle jams, jellies, pies, pickles, and many other things. We have gone there Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas and they dress the place up to look festive for the holidays. They are also open on Thanksgiving Day, which can be a fun family trip if you are nearby. They have a quaint little bed and breakfast there if you want to stay the night. This is a popular place though, so make sure you reserve in advance. Rating: 4 out of 5
Kid-friendly and samples are two words that go together like peanut butter and jelly. Elias really loves walking around the main store trying all of the food they have to offer. I’d only caution that you want to hang with your kids if they are younger so they don’t ruin the sampling for the other patrons of the store by sticking hands or fingers in the food instead of using the tongs. The rest of the village is nice for kids as there are many stores in separate buildings and kids can go outside and enjoy the nice weather as you walk from shop to shop. It helps to keep them from feeling cooped up. There is a store that sells taxidermy insects. This was not only cool to see, but was a great distraction for Elias when he was bored waiting for the other member of our group to get done in the stores, that were less interesting to him. Rating: 4 out of 5
The food here is incredibly enjoyable. There are many different aspects to take in. They host a great little coffee place with locally roasted coffee, a large jerky store, candy store, and of course the aforementioned Kitchen Kettle store. The key here is all the food samples offered. The jerky store offers numerous jerky samples and the giant Kitchen Kettle Store will not disappoint as basically every item they have for sale is out to be sampled. That is a plethora of sampling options so you better be hungry when you arrive. There are literally at least 100 items here you can try and they range from salsa to jelly to chips to pies. I can’t even list all of the food items they have available. The original items they are famous for are the jellies and jams. The spreads they offer here are out of this world and after tasting them, it’s nearly impossible to go home empty-handed. The last time we were there, we samples and bought fudge from the candy store and we’re very happy with that as well. Rating: 5 out of 5
Pricing at Kitchen Kettle Village is going to be slightly inflated. First, since it’s a popular tourist stop, you should expect tourist prices. For example, the handmade leather belts at the leather store are priced noticeably higher then the handmade leather belts that one would find at the Green Dragon, and those belts are custom cut to fit. The second reason that pricing will tend to be a bit on the high side when it comes to the food, is due to the quality. The food items they offer tend to be of premium quality. When getting high-quality products, it’s expected that you will be paying more. When you combine those two factors, you end up with some higher than average prices. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t let this be a detractor from going as long as it’s your weekly grocery run for jelly. Rating: 3 out of 5
Kitchen Kettle Village is definitely a place we’d put on the list of must-sees if you heading out to Lancaster County. It’s a fun place with lots of great things to see and try. I should also repeat, tons of samples. Do I really need to say much more? All joking aside, it’s a great place to take in and get some quality products. Just keep in mind if you’re on a budget, you’ll want to make sure you set a price point before you go in so you don’t get caught up in the excitement. If you do plan on making the trip out, it’s also important to remember that they are closed on Sunday, so plan accordingly. Rating: 4 out of 5