INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – 5,000 food fanatics filled White River State Park for the Dig IN, Taste of Indiana. An event that offers fresh, local, and creative dishes from 48 restaurants, 16 breweries, and 12 wineries from around the state.
Not only are they local restaurants and breweries and such, but all of the food is locally grown and raised,” says Dig IN executive director Thom England.
The sixth annual Dig IN event gives people a chance to taste amazing dishes that are made with fresh ingredients. Organizers say the ingredients go straight from the farm to your plate. People say they can taste the difference.
“If you go to a grocery store the average age of a vegetable on the shelf is six weeks old. It is not as fresh and it doesn’t have as much flavor. With the stuff they are getting here, it is really intense because it was picked this week and has the flavor still,” says England.
The Loft Restaurant at Traders Point which uses all organic products, grass fed meats and wild caught fish had customers lined up and waiting to try their farm to table delicacies.
“Having properly grown food and food that is respected from the ground to the plate…you can definitely taste that on the palate,” says The Loft Restaurant Executive Chef Brandon Canfield.
Others quenched their thirst at Natural Born Juicers by sipping a watermelon juice drink that had fruit ice cubes and a hint of jalapeno.
“What we do is we do fresh juice; we don’t treat it at all. It doesn’t go through any treatment process. So it is pure, raw, 100% juice that you get,” says Natural Born Juicers owner Corey Beatus.
For an ice cold beer, people stopped by Barley Island, a local brewery out of Noblesville to enjoy their newly canned Apricot Wheat Beer.
“We get a lot of at this event form Hamilton County. Many have never heard of Barley Island. Then we tell them they have been open since 1999 and then they discover that we are downtown and maybe they have driven by. So maybe they will stop in, it is great for us," says owner of Barley Island Jeff Eaton.
According to Dig IN, it would only take an additional $4.50 per week, or $230 per year, of purchases made directly from a Hoosier farmer to generate $1.5 billion in additional farm income for the state.
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