Last week, I won two tickets to Dig IN through Little Indiana. Thrilled to attend the event for the first time, Jordan and I made plans to go downtown on Sunday afternoon for the huge food-filled festival.
According to the Dig IN website, the event brings Indiana chefs, farmers, brewers, vintners and food enthusiasts together to indulge in the tastes of Indiana. It is a farm to fork experience, as all chefs use local ingredients in their featured items of the day.
When we arrived to White River State Park, where the event was being held, we were a little taken back by the line of people waiting to get in — the line wrapped all the way out of the park and into the city! Thank you to blogger perks (seriously, so thankful), we were able to pick up our tickets at will call and get right in. Upon arriving, we were each given a wristband to show that we were over 21, along with a wine glass and a passport – essentially the program for the day, showing us where to go and what we’d be trying.
There were six different food tents set up, as well as multiple beer and wine tents. We decided to start at tent 1, and go from there. With each restaurant that we visited, a volunteer would check it off of our passport, so we could keep track of where we’d been.
Each station was clearly marked with the chef’s name, the restaurant and its location, the farm where the ingredients came from, and whether they served meat or vegetables. Each restaurant served a small portion of one dish, though they would make a meat-centered dish vegetarian if you asked.
One of my favorite dishes was the caprese sandwich from Napolese Pizzeria. When it’s 88 degrees outside, a sandwich filled with cool tomatoes is perfect.
We worked our way through tents 1-3, then decided to take a break from food and try a drink. We ended up trying two beers and one wine throughout the day, but the blackberry sour beer from Brugge was my favorite. They also had water bottle stations set up throughout the park, which was so nice and much needed — it was hot outside!
Another favorite of both of ours was the bacon and white cheddar grits from Valley Kitchen & Bar. When we saw how long the line was for that station, we knew that it must be worth trying.
At the end of the afternoon, we ended up trying about 14 of the 37 food stations. They said that if you visited every single station and ate the entire plate, you’d end up eating five pounds of food! We didn’t eat nearly that much — sometimes we split a plate or only took a few bites — but we still had our fill!
My only disappointment was that some of the food wasn’t as good as I’d expected it to be. Jordan and I had eaten at several of the restaurants prior to this event, and the food is much better at the restaurant than it was at Dig IN. It’s understandable, though — they were feeding thousands of people, and it was a very hot and humid day!
If you’re looking for a fun, food-filled event in Indianapolis, I recommend attending Dig IN next year. It was a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and we even have cute glasses to remember it by.
Have you ever attended a food festival?
Do you eat locally grown food?