|[August 05, 2014]
Dole Dishes Out Healthier Options at Latrobe's Great American Banana Split Celebration
LATROBE, Pa. --(Business Wire)--
Last year, the world watched as Latrobe, Pa., was officially recognized
as the birthplace of the banana split with the unveiling of a historical
marker from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This spirited, appealing
ceremony, held at the location where the banana split was first created
in 1904, kicked-off a weekend-long celebration of the classic American
dessert christened the Great
American Banana Split Celebration.
Fresh Fruit wants to be where banana lovers are, they have teamed up
once again with The
City of Latrobe and Saint
Vincent College to continue this sweet tradition, honoring the
iconic, triple-scoop treat - as well as the city where it all began - by
hosting a two-day celebration of both the classic banana split and new,
healthier versions developed by Dole.
Annual Great American Banana Split Celebration, August
22-23, 2014, in Latrobe, features two days of ceremonies, tastings,
events, parties and dances commemorating Latrobe as the official
birthplace of the banana split, which was first created in 1904 by David
Strickler of Latrobe's Tassel Pharmacy and served up to local students
of nearby Saint Vincent College.
"It was our honor last year to receive official recognition for Latrobe
as the birthplace of the banana split," explained Latrobe Mayor Rosie
Wolford. "But even more - it was an opportunity for the world to
celebrate a part of Latrobe's rich history with a weekend-long event
dedicated to America's favorite dessert. This year, we look to continue
this tradition of the definitive
small-town homecoming event for banana and banana-split lovers
Dole Fresh Fruit, based in Westlake Village, Calif., returns as a title
sponsor of the event and will provide thousands of DOLE®
Bananas and recipes for banana-themed snacks, entrees, drinks and of
course, banana splits. Continuing in its tradition of offering
"guilt-free" versions of classic desserts, Dole will use its involvement
to offer recipes for healthier banana split varieties featuring bananas
topped with Greek yogurt, sorbet, honey, pomegranate seeds, berries,
sliced pineapples and other fresh fruit.
"Last year we celebrated Latrobe as the birthplace of the banana split
but also introduced healthier ways to enjoy this iconic dessert as part
of Dole's commitment to health and nutrition," said Bil Goldfield,
Dole's director of corporate communications. "As America's number one
banana provider, Dole will help host the 2014 event to reinforce this
message that there are healthy-but-fun-and just as
delicious-alternatives to the 'traditional' banana split."
Art Center, Latrobe
Community Revitalization Program, Latrobe
Rotary Club, Valley
Dairy Restaurants, Latrobe
Business and Professional Women's Club, Latrobe
Lions Club, Westmoreland
Hope in Action and other local nonprofit and for-profit
organizations are helping to organize the second annual event.
A prominent part in both the history of the banana split and the 2013
celebration event, Saint Vincent College students will return for the
2014 celebration as part of the school's freshman orientation week.
Saint Vincent College hosted the world's largest banana gathering and
flash mob in 2013 on the college's Chuck Noll Field, home of the
Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, followed by the world's largest
banana split bar.
"Saint Vincent College students have always been proud that they were
the first in the world to eat banana splits," said Brother Norman W.
Hipps, O.S.B., president of the Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts and
sciences college. "Banana splits are one of Saint Vincent's sweetest
campus traditions. It brings a smile to the faces of students, parents
and other visitors. Our students are serious about their studies - and
their banana splits."
To encourage visitors from throughout the country, Latrobe-area hotels,
restaurants and other businesses are offering event-themed travel
packages, discounts and promotions. Examples include the SpringHill
Suites Pittsburgh-Latrobe, owned by Latrobe favorite son Arnold
Palmer, and Valley Dairy Restaurants, which are selling $5 commemorative
lapel pins. For a list of all hotel, restaurant and other promotions,
contact the Laurel
Highlands Visitor Bureau at http://www.laurelhighlands.org
or call toll-free at (800) 333-5661.
All but a few of the many Great American Banana Split Celebration events
and activities are free and open to the public. For more information,
including a detailed schedule of events, go to www.cityoflatrobe.com.
For more information on DOLE Bananas, including recipes, serving
suggestions and other information, go to www.dole.com/peelthelove
or follow on Facebook (News - Alert) at www.facebook.com/dolebananas
About The City of Latrobe
With its relatively small size and proximity to Pittsburgh, the City of
Latrobe affords its residents a full service community nestled within
one of Pennsylvania's most beautiful regions. Home to great
neighborhoods, excellent education, the arts, growing parks and
recreation as well as strong manufacturing presence, Latrobe is not only
a great place to visit, but also an ideal community to call home.
Latrobe is recognized as the birthplace of the original banana split,
Mr. Fred Rogers, Arnold Palmer, and the first ever professional football
team! From its foundation in 1854, Latrobe's proud past is felt amongst
its many current residents, while its future remains aligned to its
great heritage as the quintessential American town.�To read more, visit www.cityoflatrobe.com.
About Saint Vincent College
Saint Vincent College is a liberal arts and sciences college with a
diverse student population of nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate
students. Sponsored by the Catholic, Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent
Archabbey, it was founded in 1846 and was the first Benedictine college
in the United States. Saint Vincent College's quality educational
programs have earned national recognition by U.S. News and World Report
(First Tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges) and Forbes business
magazine (America's Best Colleges). Saint Vincent takes special pride in
its more than 12,000 alumni who live in all 50 states and in 28 foreign
countries. They serve society in the fields of business management,
education, finance, medicine, religion, law, government, sales,
engineering, computer technology and many others. For information, visit www.stvincent.edu.
About DOLE Bananas
DOLE is the top-selling banana in America and the world - in both
conventional and organic product categories. From its founding by James
Drummond Dole, the company has built its reputation on a ceaseless
commitment to quality. Today, the DOLE brand stands for more than 150
years of quality produce - and one of the world's largest suppliers of
fresh fruits and vegetables, including bananas. Dole strives to grow,
produce, harvest, transport and distribute its bananas and other produce
in the most environmentally and socially conscious way possible. For
information, go to http://www.dole.com/Products/Fresh-Fruits/Bananas.
About Dole Food Company, Inc.
Dole Food Company, Inc., is one of the world's largest producers and
marketers of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole is an
industry leader in many of the products it sells, as well as in
nutrition education and research. For more information, please visit www.dole.com.
[ InfoTech Spotlight's Homepage ]