This is the 3rd year for DIG Indiana, a food and agriculture festival that highlights the “farm to fork” concept. What that really means is that you have access to dozens of food vendors and can eat up samples from critically-acclaimed chefs and brewers around the state.
I was a Girls’ Pint Out volunteer the first year, which got me in for free but with a lot of hard work filling pitcher after pitcher of Sun King Brewing’s beer while the line for pints just never ended. The second year I paid for tickets so I could enjoy the whole experience.
This year, I’m planning on mapping out my experience in a food journal while I snap pics and take in the culture of the event. I’ll recap everything on SolidGoldEats.com, but you can follow my live-drooling-tweets from my personal account.
The event is structured so that you have from 12pm-5pm to walk through the tents and visit the food, beer and wine vendors. You MUST take breaks! It’s so easy to stand in line after line but then your belly is full too quickly. Breaks will allow you to TASTE the food (remember to taste, not inhale). Plus you’ll want plenty of time to try all the brews from several Indiana breweries AND have time to sober up and drive home.
Here are some of my favorte photos from last year!
This would have been right when we got there as people were just starting to show up. It did get packed, and I’m certain it will be busy this year, too.
One of the first things I tried – duck breast with a cheese crisp and a peach compote.
Watching people receive one of the most awesome corn chowders I’ve ever had. There were crisps of bacon in it, but no cheese. I was surprised at how creamy and flavorful it could be without cheese.
Here’s the chowder up close!
These beef sliders were amazing, but by the time I saw them we were STUFFED beyond belief.
This pulled pork slider was delectable, followed by my pint of beer. Can’t remember what it was. I DO remember the pint glasses because you could buy a glass + get it filled for $5 and then get refills for $4. It will be interesting to see what this year’s pint glasses will be!
Beautiful view over the White River State Park canal. This year our photos will include the new JWMarriott hotel, a big blue towering structure that brings so much beauty to our city.