Dig-IN, A Taste of Indiana, the food festival that showcases Indiana chefs, growers, and producers will be held on August 28 at White River State Park (801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis). There, festival goers can try small samples of different dishes made with Indiana “produce and proteins.”
(Normally, that would mean meat — we are an agricultural state, after all, and have poultry, pork, and beef, but my vegan friends tell me that soy is also a source of protein. *sigh*)
Over 30 of our greatest chefs will prepare their dishes on site, and talk with the visitors about their recipes and their views on using locally-produced food.
Even the beer and wine available at the festival, as well as the soft drinks and water, will all be from Indiana. The Indiana Wine Grape Council and the Brewers of Indiana Guild will host wine and beer tasting.
But that’s not all you’ll get at the Hoosier Festival. There will be local music, urban gardening exhibits, educational discussion panels, and local expert Q&A sessions.
In short, if Indiana grows it, you can eat it, drink it, hear it, see it, read it, and talk about it.
The festival is also looking for volunteers to help out with hospitality, ticket sales, children’s’ activities, chef/speaker/band assistance and other tasks. Volunteers should be at least 18 years old, and are asked to attend a training session, and to work 2.5 hours on that day. They will receive free parking, free admission, and a t-shirt. To volunteer, visit the Dig-IN website. All volunteer applications are due by August 15.
The festival itself runs from noon to 5 pm, Sunday August 28th. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $30 at the gate. Children under 3 are free.