What I Loved at Dig IN – A Taste of Indiana 2013

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Another year of Dig IN – A Taste of Indiana is behind me. Boy did I count the days until the event arrived. I long for it every year, knowing that my time will be spent tasting some of the best of Indiana chefs, restaurants, farmers, producers and artisans.

I’m familiar with this event in many ways. I’ve not only blogged the crap out of it (all out of love), but I was a Gastronaut again this year, which meant that I took photos and videos as I chowed my way from tent to tent and promoted it ahead of time to help generate ticket sales. All of those photos can now be found in one place – on this blog!

Beef Pon Haus & Snap Pea Fritter from Traders Point Creamery

Beef Pon Haus & Snap Pea Fritter from Traders Point Creamery

Moroccan lamb meatballs from One World Catering

Moroccan lamb meatballs from One World Catering

 

Grilled duck breast and poached peach salad from Brad Gates Catering

Grilled duck breast and poached peach salad from Brad Gates Catering

 

 

Rabbit sloppy joes from The Indigo Duck

Rabbit sloppy joes from The Indigo Duck

 

Dig IN - A Taste of Indiana 2013

Duck confit egg rolls from Kelly and Jeff Ford

 

Dig IN - A Taste of Indiana 2013

Cream Dream from Sun King Brewing

Dig IN - A Taste of Indiana 2013

Bourbon Braised Brisket with Peach Bourbon Glaze

 

Dig IN - A Taste of Indiana 2013

Chef Neal Brown and a pig

 

Dig IN - A Taste of Indiana 2013

Wagu Beef Burgers from Joseph Decuis

 

Dig IN - A Taste of Indiana 2013

Sweet Corn Popsicle from Nicey Treat

 

Dig IN - A Taste of Indiana 2013

Beer from Daredevil Brewing

 

Dig IN - A Taste of Indiana 2013

Compose bins – a new concept for this year

 

Dig IN - A Taste of Indiana 2013

Plum Buzz Iced Coffee

 

Dig IN - A Taste of Indiana 2013

John and I right before it started

 

It’s pretty easy to see why I love this event so much. Look at those amazing dishes! I can’t believe that we had the opportunity to taste so many amazing things in one place. Where else could you do that for $40.00 minimum? I heard a statistic that if you ate everything that was offered at the event, you’d eat 5 pounds of food.

I also want to give a shout out to all of the volunteers, staff, chefs, restaurants, artisans, producers, sponsors and every person that made this event possible. I know it takes a lot of work to put something for 4,000 people together, and I truly think they put together a wonderful event. It was hot, but there was free bottled water and plenty of shady spots to rest in while you ate your food. So, it goes without saying that I’ll go to Dig IN 2014, but the question is, will YOU?

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  • Ashlee Aleshire-Ash

    So … as I look at all of these, I just want to comment ‘Oh, that was awesome!’ or ‘That was delicious!’ to some of them in particular. I had a *great* time and I really just don’t even know where to start on a favorite. I’m nearly ready to go back next year (my stomach disagrees, it’s not used to so many different types of food in such a short amount of time!), I think Holt is a little more … apprehensive.

    I had so much fun though, and I want to go and sit down with a full meal at a lot of these places so badly now! I’m not sure my bank account would be able to handle it, though. Haha

    • solidgoldeats

      That’s what I love about it – you walk away saying “I want to go eat at all the places!” I’m glad you and Holt were able to make it up. Is he apprehensive because of trying too many things or just a feeling of being overwhelmed? I hoped you two would walk away feeling awesome!

      • Ashlee Aleshire-Ash

        I think most of his apprehension comes from all the different sorts of foods and their effect on his digestive system. Lol.
        We felt pretty awesome when we left, I think. I know I’m already thinking about next year! Hahah.