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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

Binford Farmers Market Announces Name Change

April 24, 2015 Leave a comment
The Market at Hague

At a recent farmers market at The Market at Hague. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Kas Vargo
The Market at Hague

Binford Redevelopment and Growth, Inc. (BRAG), is pleased to announce a name change for the Binford Farmers Market to “The Market at Hague.”

The market is in its ninth year and makes its permanent home at Lawrence North High School, 7800 N. Hague Rd, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturdays, May through October.

The Market at Hague provides a connection to over 80 vendors with deep roots in Indiana, including farms, nurseries, bakeries, wineries, meat vendors, cheese makers, specialty food products and artisan crafts.

The Market at Hague is an initiative of Binford Redevelopment and Growth, Inc (BRAG.) By bringing together Indiana food and craft artisans, musicians, and area businesses and non-profits at the Market at Hague, BRAG creates a vibrant community gathering offering local, fresh food, support for local businesses, and cultural and ethnic educational opportunities.

The first Saturday of each month Recycle Force will be on hand to accept electronic waste and all household recycling materials, including plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard, and bikes and bicycle accessories.

The second Saturday of each month fine artists and craftsmen come to the market with their handmade wares for personal and household use.

The Market at Hague is pleased to continue accepting SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Cards at the market. SNAP recipients may bring their Hoosier Works cards (EBT) cards to the farmers market home tent and obtain tokens which may be used to purchase fresh, local vegetables, fruits, dairy products, meat products, honey, preserves, baked goods, plants used to produce food at home and much more.

Market shoppers can receive updates from the market by subscribing online (http://marketathague.com/) to the weekly email newsletter featuring seasonal availability, vendor updates, promotions, recipes, upcoming music and other events in the BRAG area.

For up-to-date information on vendors and other market events, shoppers can visit the Market at Hague Web site or call Kahfii King, Market Manager, at 773-505-0851. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter!

43rd Swiss Wine Festival in Vevay, Aug. 21-24

July 24, 2014 1 comment
Swiss Wine Festival

Image provided by Switzerland County Tourism and used with written permission.

By Kendal Miller
Switzerland County Tourism
http://www.swisswinefestival.org

Organizers of Indiana’s 43rd Swiss Wine Festival invite the public to Enjoy our Grape Heritage this August 21-24, 2014, as they pay homage to Switzerland County’s Swiss wine-making roots. Held at Paul Ogle Riverfront Park in Vevay, the festival is a non-stop celebration that includes food, fun and festivities along the scenic Ohio River.

Named a Top Ten Festival by Top Events USA and the Fourth Best Food Festival in Indiana by Best of Indiana, the Swiss Wine Festival was recently nominated by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development as one of the American Bus Association’s 2015 Top 100 Events.  Judging took place in June with winners to be announced in September.

“The Swiss Wine Festival president, festival coordinator, and the board of directors are excited about the nomination. We’d loved to see our event make this Top 100 list,” said Kendal Miller, Switzerland County Tourism executive director and Swiss Wine Festival board member.  Switzerland County Tourism is the festival’s largest sponsor along with nearly 100 additional sponsors that make the top-notch festival possible each year.

Located in Switzerland County between Cincinnati and Louisville—and about an hour and half from Indianapolis—four days of non-stop activities, food, and entertainment attract wine lovers and visitors from across the country. With a population of around 1700, the people in and around the town of Vevay (pronounced Vee-vee) are experts at throwing a grand festival. The famous Wine Tasting Pavilion includes 12 Indiana wineries on site that offer tastings of their award-wines or purchases by the glass or bottle.

Visitors won’t be disappointed as organizers and volunteers have been working since the close of last year’s event to insure that Switzerland County maintains a high-quality family celebration that honors their winemaking origins and their notoriety as the Birthplace of the First Successful Commercial Winery in the United States.

“The festival fosters both Switzerland County past and future. Not only does it provide a positive financial impact for local non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses, but also helps drive economic development through tourism in Switzerland County,” said Miller.

The event is put on by volunteers, including the unpaid Swiss Wine Festival president and board of directors. A part-time paid festival coordinator also volunteer’s additional time and talents. While facets of the festival require professional labor, as many tasks as possible are completed by the volunteerism of the locals. In 2013, over $40,000 collected by the festival went to 43 local clubs and organizations that provided helpers to work the festival. Over $7,000 was given through scholarships and prize money for festival events with more than $180,000 going to Switzerland County for-profit businesses and/or individuals. The amounts do not include figures for money spent by tourists through gas, food outside the festival or lodging.

In 2014, visitors will find the traditional aspects of the festival firmly in place—the famous Wine Tasting Pavilion, Midwest Championship Grape Stomp, arts & crafts, Grand Festival Parade, riverboat cruises, beer garden, 5K river run/walk, poker runs, cornhole tournament, cheerleading competition, live entertainment, and more. Debuting in 2014 are new and bigger amusement rides by Burton Bros. Amusement.

Twelve Indiana wineries in the wine pavilion offer samplings of their award-winning wines with staff on hand to answer questions about their yield. Novice or connoisseur wine lovers can enjoy samples or purchase wine by the glass or bottle. Participating wineries include Buck Creek, Carousel, Cedar Creek, Ertel Cellars, French Lick, Harmony, Indiana Creek, Lanthier, The Ridge Winery, Traders Point, Windy Knoll and Winzerwald. Entrance into the wine pavilion is $15 per person and includes a souvenir wine glass and wine sampling opportunities. A beer garden is also available.

The event includes many varieties of cuisine to suit anyone’s taste so Miller recommends that guests come hungry and try a variety of items.

This year’s Swiss Wine Festival entertainment headliner is Diamond Rio, performing on Friday, August 22 beginning at 8:45pm. The event is free with a $5 gate admission with guests advised to bring lawn chairs. An autograph session with be held afterwards.

Additional musical performances throughout the four-day event include: Midnight Special, DiamondBack, After Midnight, Gringo Starz, Ken & Mary Turbo Accordions Express, CEF Michael, Madison Community Band, The True Voice of “Elvis”, MonkeyBone/Pinch-n-Roll, and the SKALLYWAGS. For the kids, “rock out” with Rockasaurus Rex, a 7-foot dinosaur who loves to read, write, and rock along with Captain Crunch & the Cereal Killers.

Solution Actions Sports will keeps guests on the edge of their seats as they bring out the best in both FMX (Freestyle Motocross) and BMX (bicycle motorcross) entertainment for all ages. The FMX Team defies gravity by jumping over 80 feet through the air performing some of the biggest stunts possible on a motorized machine.

A Swiss Wine Festival favorite, Mark Abbati as the living statue “JoyUNSPEAKABLE” blends movements and characteristics of the Masters of Silent Communication with various dances and statue poses.

Upholding a Swiss Wine Festival tradition, gates will open on Thursday, August 21 at 5:00 p.m. with the Little Swiss Polka Dancers performing at 6:00 p.m. Hours of practice by local youths had been undertaken to uphold this traditional aspect of the Swiss Wine Festival entertainment.

Festivities begin on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. with the Grand Festival Parade in downtown Vevay. Locals and visitors line the streets of Main Street to kick-off the celebration utilizing the Enjoy Our Grape Heritage theme. Floats, marching bands, classic cars, and area businesses and organizations “put on the dog” to commemorate the festival.

A brochure with a complete list of activities and events is downloadable from the Swiss Wine Festival website located at http://www.swisswinefestival.org. Entry into the festival and parking is free on Thursday, and $5 per day on Friday-Saturday with children 5-12 years for $3. Youths under age five are free. Sunday admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youths 5-12. Youths under age five are free.

Festival times are Thursday, August 21 from 5-10 p.m.; Friday, August 22 from 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, August 23 from 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; and Sunday, August 24 from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. There is a small parking charge near the festival grounds and limited free parking in downtown Vevay.

The Wine Pavilion is closed on Thursday, but is open Friday, 3-10 p.m., Saturday, 11a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday noon-5:00 p.m. The $15 per person admission fee includes wine sampling opportunities and a souvenir wine glass.  The Beer Garden opens Thursday for Happy Hour from 5:00-10 p.m. and will reopen Friday from 3:00 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Additional activities, performers, and events can be found on the Swiss Wine Festival website at www.swisswinefestival.org. For more information telephone 812-427-9463. Reservations for riverboat cruises can be made by calling 800-435-5688.

Information on lodging, local businesses and tourist activities can be found at www.switzcotourism.com or by calling Switzerland County Tourism at 812-427-3237 or e-mailing visitsc@switzcotourism.com. The Swiss Wine Festival and Switzerland County Tourism-Vevay, IN are on Facebook.

Jennie DeVoe at Mallow Run Winery, June 14

Jennie DeVoe

Jennie DeVoe. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Sarah Shadday
Mallow Run Winery
http://mallowrun.com/

Mallow Run Winery in Bargersville, Indiana, will once again be the setting for an evening of the soulful music of a local favorite, Jennie DeVoe. This will be Jennie’s sixth concert at the winery, and her performance never fails to enchant and energize her devoted audience. The show is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 7 pm.

Jennie and wineries seem to go together well; you can catch her the weekend before on June 7 at the Vintage Indiana Wine Festival held in Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. This festival, which is celebrating its 15th year, is a celebration of food and wine and brings together over 25 Indiana wineries, including Mallow Run.

Indianapolis-based Jennie DeVoe is known not only for her captivating voice and music, but her personality and humor that shine through on stage as well. Her critically-acclaimed fifth CD, Strange Sunshine, was released in 2009 and quickly caught people’s attention, making her a celebrated artist both at home and away. Her work has been described as a “fresh, edgy, raw throwback to the soul records that Otis and Aretha used to make” and “a record for listeners who love good lyrics.”

Concertgoers will be treated to an evening of great music, local food vendors, and the award-winning wines of Mallow Run Winery. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing evening on the lawn with great music and friends.

Mallow Run Winery is located at 6964 West Whiteland Road, Bargersville (two miles east of State Road 37), in Johnson County. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. Children 12 & under are free. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting www.mallowrun.com or by visiting or calling the Mallow Run tasting room at 317-422-1556.

Heartland Wine and Ale Trail Opens June 2014

April 19, 2014 Leave a comment
Heartland Wine and Ale Trail

Heartland Wine and Ale Trail logo.
Image provided by Richmond/Wayne County CVB and used with written permission.

By Nancy Sartain
Richmond/Wayne County CVB
http://visitrichmond.org/

In mid-June 2014, eastern Indiana and western Ohio will welcome thirsty tourists with the launch of the Heartland Wine & Ale Trail, Indiana’s first such trail.

Visitors to the local wineries and craft beer establishments will find their experience to be a refreshing retreat offering unique, personal experiences for both the wine and ale enthusiasts. All of the wineries and breweries are family-owned and are small production enterprises where tasting means talking directly with the owner, winemaker or brewmaster.

It’s all about quality, not quantity, along the Heartland Wine & Ale Trail.

There will be 10 stops along the trail:

  • J & J Winery in Richmond.
  • Big Dawg Brew Haus in Richmond.
  • New Boswell Brewery in Richmond.
  • Campbell House Brewery & Inn in Richmond.
  • Roscoe’s Tap Room in Richmond.
  • Wolves Head Brewery in Muncie.
  • Wilson Winery in Modoc.
  • Kennedy Vineyard in New Madison, OH.
  • The Winery in Versailles, OH.
  • Quarter Barrel Brewery & Tap Room in Oxford, OH.

Visitors can pick up an official trail passport map at any of the above locations. The Passport is the ticket to great benefits and discounts along the trail. The Passport needs to be validated at each stop noted on the passport to be eligible for a commemorative keepsake. The passport can be turned in at the last stop to receive the memento.

Spend a couple of days or a weekend winding through the charming towns of eastern Indiana and western Ohio to visit these ten locally-owned wineries and breweries. The Heartland Wine & Ale Trail is easily accessible from I-70 and US Highways 40, 35, and 27.

For more information, visit the Richmond/Wayne County CVB Web site at http://visitrichmond.org/, or call 800-828-8414.

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