Wednesday, June 4

Christ Church Cathedral Women's 49th Annual Strawberry Festival June 12 in Downtown Indianapolis

Ahhhh yes indeed... it is that time of year again (thank goodness after this long, harsh winter). And nothing says summer like the festivals in, and around, Indiana, including the Christ Church Cathedral Women's 49th Annual Strawberry Festival.

I don't know many people, particularly in this area of the states, who don't like berries in general and strawberries are the first to show their juicy little selves every summer. And, with the exception of those who are allergic, I don't truly trust anyone who doesn't like strawberries...

They represent a beacon of light showing us that the long, harsh winter is finally behind us. And... we like them every way we can get them: straight from the garden, pies, cakes, with sugar, in fruit salads and every other concoction. But, perhaps most of all, we like strawberry shortcake. And the annual Monument Circle event has been around, seemingly, forever, to most of us.

Every year, hundreds of volunteers, church, civil, celebrity and media, line up to scoop, dish and hand out thousands of strawberry shortcakes. I like that. The volunteers, the food and the continuity of the event, not altering the great menu and keeping the price incredibly reasonable ~ $7 ~ (especially considering it is for non profit groups) which means we can get more than one and feel good helping others at the same time. A win-win for everyone in my book.

When is the strawberry festival? Thursday, June 12. It runs from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m., but to-go orders can be scooped up (get it?) beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the basement of Christ Church Cathedral Don't wake me, okay? I will be there later, but not too late because when supplies run out, they are done for the year. And, there is not much more disappointing then your taste buds being robbed of something yummy.

Once again, it is a cash only situation, but and ATM will be onsite for those who forget. Live entertainment begins at 10 a.m. this year. Christ Church Cathedral Women has hosted the Strawberry Festival every summer since 1965. More than 300 volunteers will be on-hand to serve an estimated six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes. Festival proceeds benefit local, national and global nonprofit organizations through bi-annual grants.

Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle
About Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Christ Church Cathedral is located on Monument Circle at the center of Indianapolis. The Cathedral is the oldest building on the Circle and the oldest religious building in continuous use in Indianapolis. Christ Church Cathedral has a strong commitment to serving the needs of others and is actively involved in mission work locally, nationally and internationally.

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Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at and Gotta Go is published on, and in magazines. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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