As Indiana grows in the craft beer scene, wine is subtly making waves with new techniques, flavors and partnerships. The 15th Annual Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival is coming up on Saturday, June 7 and you do not want to miss what’s happening at the event this year!
Last year I attended for the first time and I learned quite a lot about Indiana wines and wine festivals. It was also my first wine only festival. While I have enjoyed several indoor and outdoor beer festivals and food events where there is also beer and wine, I had a general idea of what to expect.
All you see are tents after tents after tents, spread across Military Park, which is in the shadows of the Eiteljorg Museum and just up from the White River canal, which is usually bustling with bicyclists, runners, and families enjoy the scenery of downtown Indianapolis. Vendors set up to showcase their craftsmanships from pottery to jewelry and works on paper. That’s one way that a beer festival is different from a wine festival. I have yet to come across a beer festival that has vendors other than the breweries.
Several food trucks and local restaurants set up shop to offer you the carbs you may need to soak up that alcohol from all of the tastings you’ll be offered. Chef Dan’s Food Truck, Chef JJ’s Big Green Bistro, Bazbeaux Pizza and more will be available for purchase – visit http://www.vintageindiana.com/food-and-wine for the whole listing of participating food vendors.
The 2014 Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Pavilion offers FOUR cooking demonstrations with event sponsors Marsh Supermarkets, Clark Appliances, American Dairy Association of Indiana and Natural Turkey Federation. .
And then there’s the wine.
Indiana wineries will offer samples of over 200 wines at Vintage Indiana. No joke. Because there are so many wines to choose from, someone like me who does not know the details about wine that many do, can feel comfortable trying only what you like knowing that almost every winery will offer you at least one that you will enjoy!
However, I enjoyed several at each winery last year, which meant that I had to pace myself and take my time.
That’s one BIG difference between a beer and wine festival. Many beer festivals only offer 1 or 2 beers to taste because there are SO MANY breweries to choose from. At Vintage Indiana, each winery may have somewhere between 5-10+ wines to sample. People will gather in groups and get to the front of a line where they will literally sample each wine slowly and carefully before walking away. It can take a few minutes longer to get through a wine line than it would a beer line. But that’s also why you have from noon – 7:00 PM (or 11 if you go VIP) to sample and relax.
Some people brought lawn chairs and would camp out in the grassy, open areas. The thing with Vintage Indiana is that you could buy a whole bottle of wine and drink it AT the festival. Lounging out to enjoy the entire day was a plan I never thought of. With all of the different food options, you could really be here for quite a while.
Here’s the wrap up for you:
WHEN: June 7, 2012 12:00 AM – 7:00 PM with an Early Admission VIP Hour from 11:00 AM – noon, sponsored by Indiana Family of Farmers
WHERE: Military Park, 601 W New York St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
- Adults tickets (21+) are $25.00 in advance at Marsh Supermarkets or online at http://www.vintageindiana.com/ticket-info
- $35.00 at the gate
- $50.00 VIP (Limited amount available, purchase only online at the link above. Receive entry 1 HOUR EARLY along with a special glass and lanyard – Sponsored by Indiana Family of Farmers)
- $10.00 Designated Driver ticket and includes unlimited soft drinks and water