2012 INDIANA - JULY & AUGUST 2012
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events still waiting for new dates
July 1-4, 2012 Shoals Catfish Festival - Shoals, Indiana
There is literally something for everyone: sporting events, contests, parade, fireworks, fishing contest, cooking contest, and catfish served up piping hot in the food court.
July 20, 2012 Enshrinement Ribs Cook-Off & Downtown Block Party
South Bend, Indiana
The College Football Hall of Fame celebrates its newest class, taking it to the streets in downtown South Bend. Don't miss the tailgate village atmosphere with the Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned Ribs Cook-Off, live music, and a cornhole tournament, followed by spectacular fireworks at dusk!
July 20-22, 2012 17th Annual Middle Eastern Festival - Indianapolis, Indiana
Great food, music, dancing, children's games, marketplace, and tours of St. George Orthodox Christian Church.
July 21, 2012 Clabber Girl BBQ Fest Challenge - Terre Haute, Indiana
The Annual Clabber Girl Brickyard BBQ Fest held each July will be spicing things up this year and 2012 will mark the name change of the event to the Clabber Girl BBQ Fest Challenge. It will be held on July 21 in the Clabber Girl Festival Marketplace located at Ninth Street between Wabash Avenue and Cherry Street bordering Clabber Girl and Hulman Center. The event will showcase a variety of challenges including the Gladiator Challenge, Terre Haute Firefighters Water Ball Challenge, and the first ever Chef's Challenge that will feature local community members. the best BBQ dishes to a festival crowd of race fans and BBQ lovers. Festival-goers will also enjoy musical acts, a beer garden, food vendors, and children's entertainment.
July 27-28, 2012 Wine, Brew & Bar-B-Que Too - New Palestine, Indiana
Teams will compete for $11,000 in prize money at the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event. There will be Indiana wines and brews, as well as live entertainment all day.
July 27-29, 2012 Frankfort Hot Dog Festival - Frankfort, Indiana
Hot Dog Tent, Arts & Crafts, Dachshund Races, Entertainment, Flea Market, Food Booths. Organizers were inspired by the school mascot, the Hot Dog.
July 27-29, 2012 Pierogi Festival - Whiting, Indiana
Pierogis, polka, parades and more. Meet Mr. Pierogi and friends! Attendance: 200,000.
July 31-Aug 4, 2012 Sweet Corn Festival - Oakland City, Indiana
Celebrate one of this area's bounties with a parade, games, carnival rides, crafts, beauty pageant, live entertainment, fried chicken dinners and of course corn on the cob.
August 2-4, 2012 Owensville Watermelon Festival & Parade - Owensville, Indiana
Come out for rides, food, crafts, watermelon pageants, bingo, raffles, bands and a variety show!
August 4, 2012 Watermelon Festival & "Jack Daniels Great American Grill-Off"
Celebrate our community's rich agriculture and fabulous watermelons! The day's events include children's pageants, children's games, music and great food.
August 9-11, 2012 16th Annual Pickle Festival - St. Joe, Indiana
Parades, fireworks, competitions, kids' activities, dozens of food vendors, live music, pickle recipe contest, pickle factory tours and much more.
(also: www.sechlerspickles.com/pickle/fest.html )
August 11, 2012 Mansfield Village Watermelon Festival - Rockville, Indiana
Cool off with a slice of ice cold watermelon or a cool watermelon drink. Shop for crafts, antiques and flea market gems. Indiana grown melons at the Welcome Center of Mansfield Parke. Delicious food available all throughout town. Seed spitting contest & watermelon eating contest.
August 17-18, 2012 Madison Ribberfest - Madison, Indiana
A two-day festival along the scenic Ohio River with blues music, statewide BBQ cook-off, activities for kids and more!
August 18, 2012 Wabash Herb Fest - Wabash, Indiana
Held at the Paradise Spring Historical Park, this unique festival offers educational seminars, herbs, flowers, garden decor and other crafts.
August 18, 2012 Taste of Kokomo - Kokomo, Indiana
Voted Kokomo's best event ten years in a row. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Howard County. The Taste of Kokomo offers a "taste" from local restaurants, caterers, coffee shops and pubs. From the basic to the obscure, there is something for everyone. Last year's event found Jamaican jerk chicken, beef satay, chicken & dumplings, corn on the cob, brats and ribs lined up around the square. The dessert menu was stacked high with Texas sheet cake, sugar cream tarts and chocolate mousse. This year's list of restaurants and menu choices is filling up quickly. Local bands from all genres will be playing on two stages. Entry tickets sold the day of the event are $3(children 5 and under free). Presale entry tickets will be available for $3 and includes 2 free food tickets. All food and drink items are sold for tickets not cash. One food/drink ticket is worth $1. All items cost between 1-5 ticket(s). Wine and beer will be served in the beer garden.
August 23-26, 2012 41st Annual Swiss Wine Festival - Vevay, Indiana
Salute the cultural heritage of Switzerland County with Indiana wines, culinary delights, entertainment on three stages, grape stomps, canoe racing and riverboat cruises on the scenic Ohio River.
August 25, 2012 2012 Taste of the Gardens - Elkhart, Indiana
This unique event, located at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens, combines fine art with the finest in culinary art. In its first year it brought record crowds to enjoy artists' work, music, and the cuisine of area restaurants, all within the beautiful setting of the gardens.
August 31-Sept 3, 2012 Annual Indianapolis Rib America Festival
Indy's original outdoor music & BBQ festival.
August 31-Sept 3, 2012 Marshall County Blueberry Festival - Plymouth, Indiana
Blueberry products like Blueberry Pie, Blueberry Brats, Blueberry Ice Cream, Blueberry Donuts or just plain fresh Blueberries! Family-friendly atmosphere and Midwestern hospitality that attract over 500,000 people every year to blueberry country. Attendance: 500,000.
August 31-Sept 3, 2012 21st Annual Ligonier Marshmallow Festival
The Labor Day weekend festival celebrates marshmallows, one of Noble County's major products. Activities revolve around the marshmallow theme. Parades, arts and crafts, contests, rides, entertainment, car show and lots of delicious festival food.