Three years! For three years, I’ve tried to get to Dig IN, A Taste of Indiana, but always had problems. This year, it looks like I’m going to be able to go.
Dig IN is the big food tasting/”farm-to-fork” festival at White River State Park on Sunday, August 17 from noon to 5 pm. There are producers of meats, dairy, and produce from 30 Indiana suppliers, including Meat the Rabbit, Tyner Pond Farms, and Maple Leaf Farms.
Attendees will get to sample 40 different entrees, appetizers, soups, salads, and desserts. You’ll get to meet the chef, and learn where the ingredients came from. For example, according to the Dig IN organizers, Gunthorp Farms (LaGrange) is supplying pork for six dishes, including Meridian chef Dean Sample’s lamb belly sausage with caramelized onions and spicy cherry mostarda. Union 50’s Layton Roberts is serving Kimchi Meatloaf with meat from Fischer Farms, while Aaron Butts of Joseph Decuis is serving Wagyu beef brisket empanadas with raisins and hot pepper.
But it’s not all just meat. There’s Indiana heirloom tomato panzanella salad from Tyler Herald of Napolese and Silverthorn Farm (Rossville), and honey, lavender and rosemary shortbread from Becky Hostetter and John Garnier of Duos, with European-style cultured butter from the new Tulip Tree Creamery (Zionsville).
The farms and producers supplying ingredients for this year’s Dig IN are:
And the restaurants that will be preparing said ingredients are:
And don’t forget the desserts!
In addition to the food, Dig-IN, A Taste of Indiana will feature wine from such Indiana wineries as Easley, Huber, Winzerwald, and Two EE’s. Breweries that will be on site to offers samples and sell by the glass include Sun King, Figure 8, Flat 12, Indiana City, and newcomer Scarlet Lane.
Your ticket — $35 until midnight, August 13; $45 if you buy after 12:01 am on August 14 — will let you sample one of every dish, beer, and wine in the park. You can also spring $55 for early admission at 11 a.m. ($65 after midnight on Aug. 14). Indiana bands will also provide entertainment during the food fest.
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