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For its fourth annual season, Leinenkugel is bringing back Indianapolis' own Food Truck Festival. Guests are invited to indulge in the savory selections of Indy's best food trucks, brews, live music, and entertainment. With a fleet of over 50 food trucks, this year's festival will showcase alternating line-ups of 30 trucks monthly. $5. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit oldnationalcentre.com.
As the Jazz Kitchen celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, it opens its deck and announces this summer's outdoor lineup. 21 and older event. For full schedule and more information, visit thejazzkitchen.com.
Nicky Blaine's, Au Bon Pain, and 3 Days in Paris join forces in this event to benefit Outreach Inc. $20.
The fourth annual farm to fork celebration inviting local farmers, chefs, brewers, vintners, and food enthusiasts to indulge in the tastes of Hoosier land. Other than food, beer, and wine tastings, guests can enjoy live entertainment, discussion panels, and cooking demonstrations. For more information on the food, libations, and entertainment, visit diginindiana.org.
Participating downtown restaurants offer three-course, value-priced menus. Get the list of participating restaurants and menus at DevourDowntown.org.
Indiana’s 43rd Swiss Wine Festival pays homage to Switzerland County’s Swiss winemaking roots during this celebration along the Ohio River. Twelve Indiana wineries offer samplings with staff on hand to answer questions about their yield. 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. Festival entertainment includes headliner Diamond Rio, performing on Friday at 8:45 p.m. Additional performances throughout the four-day event include: Midnight Special, DiamondBack, After Midnight, and Gringo Starz. On Thursday at 5 p.m., the Little Swiss Polka Dancers perform—a Swiss Wine Festival tradition. Entrance to the wine pavilion is $15 per person and includes a souvenir wine glass and wine sampling opportunities. A beer garden is also available. For more information, visit switzcotourism.com or call Switzerland County Tourism at 812-427-3237.
Craft breweries have been bubbling up all over Central Indiana, with nearly 25 new ones in just the last two years. In the September 2014 issue, the Indianapolis Monthly editors will report on which of the new batch are most worth imbibing and catch up with all of the established beer makers in the area. Coinciding with this robust beer feature, IM will bring together many of the breweries at the iconic Indianapolis City Market for an intimate tasting event. From IPAs made in Greenwood to stouts crafted in McCordsville, Indy Monthly has the city’s frosted beverage fans covered. A $25 ticket gets you unlimited samples from 20+ breweries along with light complementary bites throughout the night. Tickets are $25 online, $30 at door, $10 for designated drivers.
A culinary tour of 1836 Prairietown featuring cuisine from Neal Brown of Pizzology and The Libertine and hand-crafted beers by Flat 12 Bierwerks.
The first annual craft beer and music festival. Camping, craft beer, food, live music. An epic festival coming to Brown County this fall.
Sun King hosts its second annual canned craft beer festival on the west block of Georgia Street, bringing together more than 40 craft breweries. Tickets, available online, are $60 for general admission day of the event and $75 for early entry. Event proceeds to benefit the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
A day full of desserts and fun inviting 20-30 vendors around Indiana including Louise's Sweets, Best Chocolate in Town, and Sun King, to bring the best of their sweet treats for sampling by approximately 1,000 guests. Event will be include arts programs, live performances, and food trucks. A celebration supporting Arts for Learning, local arts in education programs. $12 presale; $15 at the door; free for kids 12 and under. For more information, visit chocolatefestindy.com.
Chris Eley, from Goose the Market, prepares a family-style pig roast featuring Conner Prairie's own Ossabaw Island hogs.
This year at Indy's premiere Cooking Expo, the Champions Pavilion will turn into the destination for the home cook and food lover. Guests will have the opportunity to shop isles of cooking tools, appliances, and specialty foods, as well as sit in on seminars and live cooking demonstrations. There will also be the chance to enter one of the cooking and baking contests. For more information, visit indycookingexpo.com.
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