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Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park, Aug. 24, 2019

July 11, 2019 Leave a comment
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Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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By Kay Feeney-Caito
On behalf of the Feast of Lanterns

The annual Feast of Lanterns Festival will be held at Spades Park in Indianapolis (1800 block of Nowland Avenue) on Saturday, August 24, 2019, 4-11 pm.

Free to attend, Feast of Lanterns is an annual family-friendly festival organized by the Lanterns Foundation Inc, (a 501c3 Non-Profit).

This colorful and visually-appealing one-day festival features over 500 colorful and glowing lanterns strung between 100-year-old trees, plus food trucks, live music, a kid’s zone, community vendors, artists, a beer garden, and more. Festival attendees especially enjoy the event at dusk when all of the lanterns are brightly lit following the children’s lantern parade and countdown.

The Feast of Lanterns Festival is host to 30 local artists with items for sale including clothing, soaps, home decor and more, and 30+ neighborhood organizations, non-profit and community groups with tables and information and free goodies for the community, plus a kid’s zone with free craft projects.

Food trucks this year include Calliope Sno Balls, Gordon’s Ice Cream, NY Slice, Lick, Gaucho’s Fire, Black Eye, Greek2Go, Costa Brava, Murry’s BBQ and several more. The beer garden will feature Flat 12, Centerpoint Brewing, and Ash and Elm Cider.

Live music this year features Dorin (4pm), Bashiri Asad (5:15pm), Sarah Grain and the Billions of Stars (6:30pm), Chamber Music Band (7:45pm), Carmichael (9pm) and Pork and Beans Brass Band (10pm).

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and to park at the Circle City Industrial parking lot located less than 1/4 mile west of the Park and walk along the Pogue’s Run Trail to reach Spades Park, or park at Teacher’s Treasures located off E. 10th Street.

For more information, visit https://www.indyfol.org.

Downtown Indianapolis Heats Up in July

June 26, 2016 Leave a comment
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Bicycling along the White River in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Fourth of July weekend
Indy’s most popular fireworks show and festival – the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast – returns to the grounds of the Indiana War Memorial July 4. More than 20,000 people are expected to be Downtown on Veterans Memorial Plaza and American Legion Mall from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. The fireworks will launch from the Regions Bank Tower at 10 p.m. (North and Michigan streets will be closed throughout the day and New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Delaware streets surrounding the Regions Bank Tower will be closed 9:30 – 10:15 p.m. during the fireworks show.)

Crowds will gather for many music festivities including the Indiana Historical Society’s patriotic-themed Concerts on the Canal July 4 from 5 – 9:30 p.m. The two-day INDYpendance Day Concert for Cancer is back on Georgia Street July 2 & 3 from 2 – 10 p.m. with headliners Ludacris, Awolnation, Kongos and more. On July 1, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform a one-night only concert Star Spangled Symphony at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State and The Doo! are playing at the Rathskeller Biergarten July 4. The Indianapolis City Market hosts Party of the Plaza July 4 from 7 – 11 p.m. complete with corn hole, checkers, sidewalk chalk and a great view of the Downtown fireworks.

IBE Summer Celebration
The Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration returns July 7 – 17. The 46th running of Summer Celebration includes business seminars, an employment fair, concerts and more. More than 80,000 attendees will take part in events at various locations Downtown, with most events taking place at the Indiana Convention Center. The FREE Music Heritage Festival takes place Friday, July 15 at American Legion. Music Heritage Festival II takes Place Saturday, July 16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Downtown gets festive
There’s still time to enjoy some of Downtown Indy’s best summer festivals. Saturday, July 2 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., the Taste of Indy will present an assortment of Asian, Soul, Greek, Mediterranean, Cajun, Hispanic and American food on Monument Circle. Tickets are $6 in advance or FREE for kids 6 and younger.

The Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival, taking place Saturday, July 9 starting at 9 a.m., offers cyclists a unique opportunity to race the city streets that they would rarely do otherwise. Families and bicyclists will also enjoy many of the activities taking place throughout the day including food and beer vendors, music, expo area, free community rides, free Kids Zone activities, BMX stunt shows, kids and juniors bicycle races and more. This festival is FREE to attend.

Step into the West at the Eiteljorg Museum’s West Fest on July 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This festival is a family event featuring entertainers, animals, food and family fun. Tickets are included with museum admission.

On July 30 from 3 – 7 p.m., the Indiana Microbrewers Festival will showcase more than 100 breweries all in one location – Military Park. Tickets are $40 general admission, $60 for early bird entry and $10 designated driver.

Take in the sights and sounds of summer
Summer concerts are officially here and national and local artists alike will bring Downtown to life this summer. Two big names are coming Downtown this month. Coldplay performs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on July 20. Also at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Twenty One Pilots on July 31.

Enjoy nine concerts at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park this month: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra July 1; “Weird Al” Yankovic July 7; Barenaked Ladies July 8; Sublime with Rome July 16; Peter Frampton & Gregg Allman July 20; WTTS Rock on the River with The Head and the Heart July 25; Bush and Chevelle July 26; Tedeschi Truck Band o July 27; and Halsey July 29.

The Indianapolis Zoo’s Zoolapalooza series continues for two more Friday nights: July 1 & 8. Another Zoo concert series – Animals and All That Jazz – kicks off July 7 and continues Thursday nights through Aug. 4.

Two big names are coming to the Cabaret: catch Rumer Willis July 22 &23 and John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey July 29.

Cheer the Fever, join the Tribe
Catch one (or more) of the 15 Indianapolis Indians home games at Victory Field this month. On July 4, enjoy two firework shows following the games (the Indians’ own firework show plus the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast). There are four chances to catch the Indiana Fever at home: July 1, 13, 15 & 19. The Indy Eleven play at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium July 9, 13 & 23.

Georgia Street action continues
Workout Wednesdays strengthened by Indiana University Health continue through the end of July on Georgia Street’s west block. Downtown Indy, Inc. partners with the YMCA to provide fun, all-levels hip hop classes weekly from noon – 12:45 p.m. New this year: Sunrise Yoga on the Canal in partnership with Invoke Studio takes place Wednesday mornings from 6 – 6:45 a.m. on the Vermont Street Plaza.

Downtown residents and workers are invited to wind down the week during Happy Hour Thursdays on Georgia Street. Every Thursday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., enjoy music from RadioNow DJs, appetizers from the Severin Bar and domestic beers and craft brews. This event is free to attend, but everyone must be 21 or older.

Eat lunch alfresco on the Boardwalk and enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown during Food Truck Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.downtownindy.org/ or call 317-237-2222.

May 2016 in Downtown Indianapolis

April 22, 2016 Leave a comment
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Indianapolis skyline. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Wholesale District Beautification Day
Community members are coming together for a morning of partnership, productivity and fun as district employees participate in the ninth annual Wholesale District Beautification Day Monday, May 2. More than 200 volunteers will create a clean, pedestrian-friendly environment for the district’s sidewalks, store fronts and businesses. Tasks include sweeping the sidewalks and curbs, removing stickers, painting over graffiti and picking up litter.

100th Running HandleBar Hot Lap on Monument Circle
In the spirit of the 100th Running of the Indy 500, HandleBar, Downtown Indy, Inc. and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are hosting the 100th Running HandleBar Hot Lap on Monument Circle Friday, May 6 at 11:30 a.m. Races include one-on-one laps around Monument Circle with pit stops and vehicle tweaks. The races will be structured into a 24-team single elimination bracket, narrowing down Indy’s best, culminating in a championship race between the top two teams. Businesses are invited to register a team (10 participants) online for $100/team.

Georgia Street comes to life with Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Summer Series
Downtown Indy, Inc. has again partnered with local fitness studios for Workout Wednesday – fun, all-levels group fitness sessions on the Boardwalk. Hip Hop on Georgia Street in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis begins May 4 and reoccurs weekly from noon – 12:45 p.m. Each workout will begin with a local personality/celebrity for the warm-up. The celebrity will be announced each week via Twitter (@GeorgiaStIndy). A new addition to Workout Wednesday this year will be Sunrise Yoga on the Canal in partnership with Invoke Studio. Sunrise Yoga begins June 1 and takes place weekly on the Vermont Street Plaza from 6 – 6:45 a.m.

Happy Hour Thursdays return to the Boardwalk beginning May 5.
Georgia Street’s center block will turn into a work respite from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. every Thursday. Listen to music from live DJs, relax with friends and order appetizers and drinks from the Boardwalk Bar staffed by the Omni Severin Bar. There’s no cover charge, but all attendees must be 21 and older.

Downtown workers can also enjoy ongoing Food Truck Fridays.
Eat lunch alfresco on the Georgia Street Boardwalk and enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown during weekly from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

May means 500 Festival events
Race fans are invited to Rock-IN-Roar 500 – a music festival and community celebration on Georgia Street that officially “drops the green flag” on Race Week in Indianapolis. On May 20 from 5 – 10:30 p.m., 500 local musicians, led by John Mellencamp keyboardist Troye Kinnett and IndyCar driver Will Power, join together to perform One Republic’s “Love Runs Out” in a musical tribute to the spirit of the 100th Indy 500. Attendees can witness SPECTACLE: Sights & Sounds of the Indy 500 on Georgia Street, featuring a unique light show with some of the most memorable radio calls from the past 100 years. Following this FREE Rock-IN-Roar 500, SPECTACLE will run at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 21 – 29.

The 40th OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon takes off Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 a.m. The course begins at the intersection of Washington and West streets, heads west to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and does a complete lap around the 2.5 mile track before heading back down New York Street. In addition to the Mini, kids ages 3 – 10 can participate in the non-competitive Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run May 14 at 10:30 a.m. After the Mini, head to Military Park for the FREE 500 Festival Post Race Party.

The 60th IPL 500 Festival Parade kicks off at noon May 28 at noon. About 300,000 spectators from around the country will line the streets of Indianapolis for one of the nation’s premier parades. The month-long roster of events culminates with the 100th running of the Indy 500 on May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Original Farmers’ Market returns May 4
Downtown’s Original Farmers’ Market returns to Indianapolis City Market on May 4 and continues every Wednesday through October. The market is open from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Market Street between Delaware and Alabama Streets. Market Street will be closed each Wednesday during this time.

Bring Mom Downtown on Mother’s Day
Downtown attractions and restaurants will make Mother’s Day extra special. Visit Mother’s Day Weekend at the Indianapolis Zoo May 7 and 8 and enjoy a Zoo-wide scavenger hunt, photo stations, free treats and more. Attend Mother’s Day at the IRT on May 8 and enjoy brunch at noon followed by a performance of The Mousetrap at 2 p.m. Georgia Reese’s is offering a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet all day from 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Hot happenings at Downtown attractions
Mini Golf that combines original art and playful competition is coming to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The much anticipated Artist Designed Mini Golf opens to the public May 10. The course features 18 holes designed by local and regional artists and in honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial, each hole is inspired by Indiana history and landmarks. Tickets are FREE for IMA members and included in regular admission for non-members.

Easley Winery’s outdoor music series Groovin’ in the Garden kicks off on May 21 and runs through September. Enjoy daily wine specials and live music in a relaxing environment every Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m. This series is FREE.

Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal return on May 26 and take place every Thursday night from 6 – 8 p.m. through July 28. The 2016 Concerts on the Canal series features a spectacular lineup of entertainers including Shannon Forsell, Flying Toasters, Funk Quarter and The Bishops. Seating is FREE on the grassy hill across the Canal or reserve a table on the terrace for extra.

Cheer on your favorite teams
Catch one (or more) of the 16 Indianapolis Indians home games at Victory Field this month. Enjoy monthly promos including 2-for-1 Tuesdays, Thursday Craft Beer Night, Friday Fireworks and Kid’s Eat Free Sundays. On May 3, share your favorite game with your pup: Bark in the Park allows dogs and their owners a chance to enjoy the game from the right field lawn. There are two chances to catch the Indy Eleven at home: May 7 and May 21.

For more information, call 317-237-2222.

ClusterTruck Launch Party Set for March 31, 2016

March 18, 2016 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

March 18, 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana. — Today was the first day of beta delivery testing for ClusterTruck, a food-tech operation headquartered in downtown Indianapolis. I felt quite honored and privileged to be present on the inaugural day of this great and promising new meal delivery service!

If you are not yet familiar with this concept spearheaded by local entrepreneur Chris Baggott, then I feel certain that you will be, because I’m confident that you’ll be hearing a LOT more about ClusterTruck in the coming days and weeks. I’ve been a big fan of the Indy food trucks for the past seven years; this takes THAT concept to a whole new level.

With both office and kitchen space housed in a small commercial building near American Legion Mall, the intention of ClusterTruck is to provide fast delivery of hot meals to a delivery area within a 1-2 mile radius (at least to begin with–think Wholesale District and downtown Indy).

The menu features MANY items developed by food truck owners and licensed to the company, hence the name “ClusterTruck.” Food truck owners will receive a small percentage of each sale. It’s almost like a consignment sale: the food truck licenses its menu item(s) to ClusterTruck, then gets paid each time a sale of that item is made.

So whereas an individual food truck might never be able to practically deliver to your place of business, ClusterTruck can.

The menu items will be prepared in a high tech kitchen by real chefs, then delivered to your business or location within minutes by one of ClusterTruck’s numerous contracted drivers. There is no restaurant onsite; you will order online and a driver will bring it to you a.s.a.p. The delivery service is managed by custom computer software that links available drivers to the online ordering system.

In one sense, it is not unlike the typical pizza delivery model, except that ClusterTruck will offer a much wider variety of quality menu choices from pizza and tacos to salads to burgers and many more delicious specialty items–all cooked and prepared fresh after you order ONLINE, and then your order will be quickly delivered in the company’s delivery area–with free delivery, no less.

In my mind this service will be ideal for downtown businesses, office staff meetings, even perhaps for those who are getting off work and heading to their kids’ athletic events (and don’t have time to stop for dinner).

The official launch party is set for March 31, 2016. In the meantime, it was intriguing to visit the company’s headquarters today and witness a very vibrant atmosphere with a lot of creative and intelligent thinking, planning, and strategizing going on among the participants.

The photos here are just a tiny sample of the company’s extensive forthcoming menu, which will be available soon. I’d compare ClusterTruck’s wide quantity of menu items to, oh, let’s say that of Cheesecake Factory. So if what I saw today is any indication of what’s to come, then I predict we’re about to see a significant paradigm shift on the culinary scene in Indianapolis.

More to come…stay tuned! For more information, visit http://clustertruck.com/.

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: AroundIndy.com, LLC was allowed access to the Cluster Truck office and kitchen space for the purpose of taking photographs and providing coverage of the launch of this new delivery service. No quid pro quo exists in the coverage of this launch.

Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana, Aug. 30, 2015

August 10, 2015 Leave a comment
Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana, Aug. 30, 2015.

Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana, Aug. 30, 2015. Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana

Indiana’s favorite food festival – Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana – returns for the sixth year on Aug. 30, 2015 at White River State Park.

The farm-to-fork festival will feature more than 80 dishes and drinks prepared by some of the top chefs, food artisans, brewers and vintners from around the state.

“There’s no other event that brings together so many great Indiana chefs in one place, offering dishes that include local meats and off-the-vine produce grown and harvested right here in Indiana,” said Thom England, executive director of Dig IN.

A general-admission ticket for $35 ($45 after Aug. 23), includes all the samples, plus live performances by Indiana-based musical groups. It’s a menu like no other.

Try pickled shrimp with fried toast, pancetta mac & cheese, watermelon soup or grilled peach shortcake with wildflower Ridge Honey lavender crème.

There will be smoked beef, sweet corn (and street corn), pork carnitas with avocado mousse and fresh, stuffed tomatoes. Plus, there will be plenty of drink options to wash it all down, including more than 15 Indiana craft breweries.

The event is noon to 5 p.m., but an early admission ticket for $60 gets visitors in to begin tastings at 11 a.m. Or, for the ultimate VIP Experience for $120, you’ll get to savor your tastings in an air-cooled tent, plus get rare and reserve beer and wines, and enjoy additional foods prepared by Bluebeard, Milktooth, Recess and FARM Bloomington.

Purchase tickets in advance online at www.digindiana.org, or at the gate.

Following is the list of participants and the dishes they’ll be serving on Aug. 30:

FOOD SAMPLES

18 on the Square – Pulled Pork and smoked sweet corn salsa

240sweet Artisan Foodworks – BBQ goat and sweet corn cake

Bee Coffee Roasters – Crimson Coffee Soda

Bea’s Soda Bar – Honey Blossom Crème Soda

Cerulean – Corn Pound Cake with Mango and Lime

Citizen Hash – Tijuana Bacon Street Corn

Circle City Soups – Pintxo of Mushroom and Goat Cheese

Circle City Sweets – Grilled Peach Shortcake with Wildflower
Ridge Honey Lavender Creme

Cobblestone Grill – Pork Carnitas with avocado mousse, sweet
corn relish and cilantro green tomatillo salsa

Delicia & La Mulita – Carnitas with yogurt-tomatillo salsa

Duo’s Indy – Scnabeltier Raclette with Heirloom Potato and House
Pickle

Fresh Artistry – Hoosier stuffed tomatoes

Gates Catering – Sweet Corn Gnocchi with Grilled Fischer Farms Pork Belly, Blistered Anaheim Peppers and Traders Point Fleur de la Terre

Goose the Market and The Smoking Goose – Smoked Beef Sammy

J. Ford’s Black Angus – Oriental Brisket Steamed Buns with Pickled Chilies, Honey Ginger Scallion Mayo and Cilantro Greens

Joseph Decuis – Wagyu Manga Meatball Bahn Mi

Just Rennie’s Cookie Company – Just Rennie’s Cookies

Lasalle Grill – Braised and Chilled Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast

Late Harvest Kitchen/The North End BBQ – Rabbit Sausage with Giardiniera and Country Mustard

Local Eatery and Pub – Chicken and its lunch…. Cured, Braised and Grilled Chicken Drummettes, Corn Meal, Bacon Root Vegetable Gravy

Meridian – Hot Brown-Roasted Turkey, Bacon Jam, Mornay Sauce, White Bread, Tomato Salad

Mesh – Pickled Shrimp with Fried Toast

Napolese – Heirloom Tomatoes & Cottage Cheese

Natural Born Juicers – Live at the BBQ

Northside Social & Kitchenette – Pancetta Mac & Cheese

Nourish – Duck Confit Chilaquiles

OAKLEYS bistro – Red Chile Braised Duck w/a Scallion Masa Pancake and Lime Cilantro Crema

One World Catering – Goose with the Golden Egg – Saffron Pickled Egg, Smoking Goose Salumi, Raita, Tulip Tree Tuile

Peterson’s Restaurant – Trout In a Fur Coat
R2GO + R bistro – Confit of chicken thighs, watermelon soup + watermelon salad

Severin Bar – Stone Ground Grit Bar

Scratchtruck – Blackstrap Molasses & Sriracha Pulled Pork

Shoefly Public House – Peri Peri Roasted Sweet Corn

Soulshine Market – Sweet Potato Shawarma

Spire Farm-to-Fork Cuisine – Mushroom Ragout with Gnocchi, Jowl Bacon and Smoked Corn Coulis

Spice Box – Chicken Panache

Taxman Gastropub – Cheese and cracker

The Loft Restaurant at Traders Point Creamery – Composition of Tomatoes, Farmers Cheese and Indigenous Sunflowers

The Oceanaire Seafood Room – Roasted Elk with Corn and Pickled Jalapeño

Tinker Street Restaurant and Wine Bar – Tomato gazpacho with Watermelon Relish

Tulip Noir – Chilled Sweet corn Buttermilk soup

Union 50 – Beer-Braised Serrano Lamb Sausage

Valley Kitchen & Bar – Brush Your Shoulders Off

CRAFT BREWERIES:

Barley Island
Bent Rail
Black Acre
Bloomington Brewing Co.
Brugge
Daredevil
Scarlet Lane
Sun King
Taxman
Three Floyds
Tin Man
Triton Brewing Company

WINERIES:

Blackhawk Winery
Country Heritage Winery
Easley Winery
Heagy Vineyards
Hopwood Cellars
Mallow Run Winery
New Day Craft
Rettig Hill
Schnabeliter
Simmons Winery
Thomas Family

WHAT:
Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana 2015

WHEN:
Aug. 30, 2015, Noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE:
White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

TICKETS:
ww.digindiana.org and at the gate, while they last

$35 for General Admission ($45 after Aug. 23)
$60 for Early Admission at 11 a.m.
$120 for the Ultimate VIP Experience, including:
• Parking in nearby underground garage
• Climate-controlled luxury restrooms
• Air-cooled tent
• Rare and reserve beers and wines available exclusive for VIPs
• Bistro table seating

INFO:
www.digindiana.org, 317-363-4625