Monday, June 27

Dig-In 2011

NOTE: To see list of vendors, wineries, breweries, restaurants, click here.
Dig-In 2011 Volunteers Needed 

INDIANAPOLIS (June 27, 2011) – Dig-IN, A Taste of Indiana, is looking for volunteers to help with the second annual event, Aug. 28 at White River State Park.

Dig-IN is a showcase of Indiana chefs, growers and producers.  Visitors are treated to two-ounce tastes of unique dishes made with farm-fresh Indiana produce and proteins.  More than 30 of the state’s greatest chefs and food minds will prepare the tastes on site while discussing their recipes and the all-Hoosier ingredients with visitors.

“Dig IN combines the best Indiana has to offer in the way of food and culinary creativity,” said Ann Schmelzer, program manager for entrepreneurship and diversified agriculture with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. 
Even the beverages used to wash down the tastes will have an Indiana flavor: The Indiana Wine Grape Council and Brewers of Indiana Guild will provide wine and beer tastings, and local soft drinks and water will be served as well.  Local music, urban gardening exhibits, educational discussion panels, local expert Q&A sessions will round out the day.
Julie Bolejack, chocolatier, Chocolate for the Spirit-Dig-In 2010
“Last year, we found people really enjoyed the food, the speaker series, the entire atmosphere of celebrating and focusing on Indiana from farm to fork,” said Neal Brown of Neal Brown Hospitality Group, which operates Pizzology and the soon-to-open downtown Indy restaurant, The Libertine.

Volunteers are needed to help with hospitality, ticket sales, children’s’ activities, chef/speaker/band assistance and other tasks. Volunteers at least 18-years-old are asked to attend a training session in advance and work a minimum of 2.5 hours. Volunteers receive free parking, free admission and a T-shirt. 

For more information or to complete a volunteer application, visit  Applications are due by Aug. 15.

WHAT:    Dig-IN, A Taste of Indiana food festival

WHERE:    White River State Park Celebration Plaza, 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

WHEN:    Sun., Aug. 28, noon-5 p.m.

COST:    $20 in advance, $30 at the gate, children under 3 are free.

or (317) 607-8715

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook.
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