[Solved] Can I specify the format of a date specified in frontmatter?

I want to specify in the frontmatter than an event will happen in the future, and then display that date in a human readable format when the page is rendered.
Because the date of the show is not the same as the date that the post was created/updated, I use “show_date” in the frontmatter, and collect that as a ISO 8601 timestamp. Right now, this is what I have:


date: 2016-06-20T10:00:00-06:00
show_date: 2016-06-23T13:00:00-06:00
number: 152


<h6>Episode {{ with .Params.number }}{{ . }}{{ end }} airs live on {{ with .Params.calendar }}<a href="{{ . }}">{{ end }}{{ .Date.Format "Mon Jan 2, 2006 at 3:04 PM U.S. Central Time" }}</a></h6>

This works, but it shows the date of the post, not the date of the show.

I’ve tried {{ .Params.show_date.Format "Mon Jan 2, 2006 at 3:04 PM U.S. Central Time" }} which does not work.

I know that I can just use a string for the Show Date, but I’d rather use a standard format for the date, and format that in whichever way fits the context best.

How can I specify that show_date is a Date variable, which can be formatted?

Try this:

{{ dateFormat "Mon Jan 2, 2006 at 3:04 PM U.S. Central Time" .Params.show_date }}
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That was it. Thanks!