DigIN: Foodie Event at White River State Gardens

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DigIN: Foodie Event at White River State Gardens

If you walked by White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana this past Sunday, then you saw the happy hubbub that is DigIN. What is DigIN? DigIN, as in “Dig Indiana,” is a one day, annual event that celebrates the best of Hoosier food, wine, and beer in one amazing location.

DigIN at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana

DigIN 2013 Indianapolis Indiana

DigIN 2013 Indianapolis Indiana

It’s an all-ages event. Yes, there is a bit of walking. There aren’t a ton of things for children to do, at least at the time of this writing. Yet, if your kids are anything like mine, trying new foods is good enough for them.

The menu was long. In fact, it was so long I didn’t get to near enough booths. So, what did I have? Let’s mention a few of my new personal favorites.

A Duck, Fennel, Sorrel, and Cherry dish was as lovely to see as it was good to eat. There was a Lamb Reuben with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Minted Mustard, plus Shrimp with Indiana Tomatoes and Watermelon Gazpacho–this is only a small selection of (tasty) items on a very, very long list.

But as you can see…the offerings at this Marion County event really range. We brought along our two boys and they enjoyed sampling so many different things and comparing favorites. I loved the chance to expose them to such unique variety at their young ages (3 and 8).

Their favorites (in case you were wondering) included a pretty quail dish, Smoked Bison Shoulder and Curtido, Lamb Meatballs, and the Roasted Sweet Corn Popsicles from Nicey Treat (that sounds strange, I know, but even my husband and I enjoyed them. They were really amazing).

Indianapolis, Indiana Food Event

DigIN 2013 Indianapolis Indiana

DigIN 2013 Indianapolis Indiana

Live music entertained, free sunflowers were available, and bonus tastes on the info-packed passports gave folks a chance to sample a favorite dish again, again, and again.

It was a very warm day. A few fans here and there spritzed water and helped keep folks cool at White River State Park. Iced bottled water (and recycling) was conveniently located–and greatly appreciated.

Even so, the heat didn’t stop anyone from enjoying the many food tents. You can bet that any booth that featured something cool was going to be a popular place.

Go There

Nicey Treat Food Trucks Indianapolis Indiana

Nicey Treat Food Trucks in Indianapolis, Indiana

You’ve got a year to wait until the next DigIN event rolls around. I know–what ever will you do during the long, long wait?

For starters, you can explore the mom and pop restaurants in your own city or town. Get to know the place that you call “home.” I can think of no better place to begin than right here on Little Indiana. From small town to big city, you can find an assortment of events and festivals on the Little Indiana Calendar. There’s always something to do in our state. Now you can find it easily.

Things to Do in Indianapolis, Indiana

Don’t just live in the city–explore it! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is Big City, little Indiana.

Just don’t forget to tell them that Little Indiana sent you.

White River State Park
801 W Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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About the Author:

Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."

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