Dig IN, A Taste of Indiana, Aug. 26
By Eric Freeman
On behalf of Dig IN, A Taste of Indiana
Dig IN, A Taste of Indiana, will again showcase Indiana’s top chefs, growers/producers, brewers, vintners, and value-added food producers at the third annual event, Aug. 26 at White River State Park.
As part of the ticket price, visitors are treated to two-ounce tastes of unique dishes made with farm-fresh Indiana produce and proteins. More than 30 of the state’s greatest food minds will prepare the tastes on site while discussing their recipes and the all-Hoosier ingredients with visitors.
What kinds of ingredients? Think sun-ripened Indiana tomatoes, basil and Capriole goat cheese from a farm in Greenville, Indiana. And from bison, yellow perch and duck raised on Indiana farms to blueberries, jalapenos and sweet corn grown in Hoosier soil.
“Dig IN combines the best Indiana has to offer in the way of food and culinary creativity,” said Annie Schmelzer, chair of the 19-member Dig IN board that includes the state’s biggest proponents of Indiana food and agriculture.
Even the beverages used to wash down the tastes will have an Indiana flavor: The Indiana Wine Grape Council and Brewers of Indiana Guild will provide wine and beer tastings, and local soft drinks and water will be served as well. Local bands, urban gardening exhibits, educational discussion panels, local expert Q&A sessions will round out the day.
“People come for the food and learn they really enjoy the variety – the speaker series, the music, drink, the entire atmosphere of celebrating and focusing on Indiana from farm to fork,” said Neal Brown of Neal Brown Hospitality Group, which operates Pizzology and the downtown Indy restaurant, The Libertine.
Tickets are available now through the Dig IN web site. All tastes and samples are included as part of the ticket. VIP tickets, that will allow 1,000 guests an 11 a.m. entry to the event and a more casual opportunity to talk with chefs, vintners, brewers and all participants, also are available on the web site.
Dig-IN, A Taste of Indiana food festival
White River State Park Celebration Plaza, 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis
Sun., Aug. 26, noon-5 p.m.
$40 in August and at the gate;
$10 children under 10;
$60 VIP ticket
www.DigINdiana.org or 317-607-8715