DigIN 2011

By Michelle Plummer

A perfect Sunday afternoon, 240 volunteers, 30 local Indiana Chefs, 11 Indiana Breweries, and 8 Indiana Wineries all converge at White River State Park in Downtown Indianapolis for DIG-IN  to celebrate the 2nd annual Farm to Fork festival!  This event highlights the farmers, producers and chefs, who grow, sell and use Indiana produce and meats.

Hoosiers from all over the state sampled treats such as Sweet Corn Chowder, by Circle City Soups which featured fresh grown corn from My Dad’s Sweet Corn in Tipton, IN and Joseph Decuis prepared Mini Wagyu burgers with hot pepper onion relish and havarti cheese from Fair Oaks Farms. There was truly something for everyone! OH and I have to mention the breweries and wineries.  They had all of their stars out to sample, enjoy and then purchase!  Or for those who wish to have a bit of dessert….sit under one of the tents and enjoy a variety of music, or sample a treat from one of our own Indiana Artisans such as chocolate dipped caramels with salted tops from J Evelyn’s or a Marshmallow treat from 240Sweets in Columbus—–OMG!  It is hard to decide, everything was so delicious!

Dig IN offered something for everyone including a speakers series and meet and greet with farmers and processors, to allow Hoosiers to really get to know where their food comes from.  The Indiana Family of Farmers had Dairy Farmers, Nathan Keuhnert and Duane Hill to discuss modern day farming and cow comfort, while other farmers were on hand to discuss their fields and animals.

Dig In is the one event where the farmer, producers, and chef have the opportunity to talk with the consumers to answer their questions and see all the wonderful dishes that our great restaurants in Indiana are creating!  Mark your calendars for August 26, 2012 and plan a day to spend celebrating great food in Indiana—just DIG-IN!

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