2014 INDIANA JULY & AUGUST 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(see also: 2015 - 2013 - 2012)
July 1-4, 2014 Shoals Catfish Festival
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 18-19, 2014 Wine, Brew & Bar-B-Que Too - New Palestine, Indiana
Teams will compete for $10,000 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 19, 2014 Valparaiso Wine Festival - Valparaiso, Indiana
July 24-26, 2014 St. Joe 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.stjoepicklefestival.com/ )
July 24-27, 2014 BBQ RibFest - Indy 2014 - Indianapolis, Indiana
Welcome to BBQ RibFest Indy! The tastiest fest in the Midwest!! Featuring seven national award-winning teams featured on the food channel and a few of your local favorites. Fun for the whole family. Games, rides, facepainting, clowns, balloons and fun!
July 25-26, 2014 20th Annual 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 25-27, 2014 Whiting Pierogi Fest - Whiting, Indiana
Pierogis, polka, parades and more. Meet Mr. Pierogi and friends! Drawing almost 200,000 visitors each year, the Festival is the pride of Whiting. It allows us to celebrate our heritage while poking a little fun at ourselves at the same time. Where else can you see grown women dressed up like our grandmothers (bushas, as we say) in housecoats and babushkas? Or the lawnmower brigade strut through town with sandals and socks on like or dads did? You'll also see life-size polish pastries and goodies walking and talking waiting to take a picture with you. Only at Whiting's Pierogi Fest.
July 31-Aug 2, 2014 Owensville Watermelon Festival & Parade
Come out for rides, food, crafts, watermelon pageants, bingo, raffles, bands and a variety show!
August 1-17, 2014 Indiana State Fair - Indianapolis, Indiana
Celebrating the Hoosier Spirit, the Fair includes Family Fun Park, Livestock Barns, Entertainment, Machinery Field, Parades, Midway, Culinary Stage, Antique Tractor Show, Brewer's Cup Competition, and Taste of the Wild Cookout, as well as World's Largest Male Hog, Giant Pumpkin, Giant Watermelon, Giant Tomato, Smoothie Blend-off, and Celebrity Milking Contests.
August 2, 2014 Watermelon Festival & "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 5-8, 2014 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 15-16, 2014 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 16, 2014 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 16, 2014 Taste of Kokomo - Kokomo, Indiana
Join us in Foster Park on August 16 along with 30+ restaurants, Beer Tent, Kids Korner and plenty of food competitions under the Big Event Tent. This year events kick off at 5:30 with the Gourmet Burger. Contestants grill 6, 4 oz. burgers for a panel of judges and the people's choice. Two ways to win! David Tharp, last year's champion, will be defending his title! Bring your burger down if you dare! At 6:30 there is a pizza eating contest! Do you have a huge appetite? We are still looking for contestants to prove their eating stills! Last year's winner Zach Boyd will be eating his way to the title! At 7:30 is the Taco Throwdown! Come down and vote on your favorite taco from across Howard County! And last but not least our Hot Wing Eating Contest made by The Social! Still looking for contenders!
August 21-24, 2014 43rd Annual Swiss Wine Festival
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 22-24, 2014 Indianapolis GreekFest - Indianapolis, Indiana
Authentic Greek cuisine, live music/dancing, bazaar, cooking demonstrations, church tours, and more!
August 23-24, 2014 Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest - Indianapolis, Indiana
We’re having a party and you’re invited! Gluten Free & More (formerly Living Without) magazine wants you to know that living with a food allergy or sensitivity doesn’t need to be about deprivation and missing out. On the contrary, what you’re living without is all the horrible symptoms and medical problems you had before understanding what allergens you needed to avoid. So, come join us, over a hundred of our favorite exhibitors and thousands of our closest friends as we celebrate LIVING WELL!! Our nationwide series will expand to seven cities by 2015. At every event, you get to sample tons of gluten-free, allergy-friendly foods, learn from experts in the community and hang out with others who understand our world.
August 23, 2014 38th Annual Kouts Porkfest - Kouts, Indiana
Plenty of delicious pork, crafts, entertainment, hog raffle, 5K walk/run, parade and contests such as "Guess the Weight of the Pig".
August 23, 2014 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.
(also: wellfieldgardens.wordpress.com/programs-events/ )
August 29-Sept 1, 2014 Ligonier Marshmallow Festival - Ligonier, Indiana
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.
August 29-Sept 1, 2014 Marshall County Blueberry Festival
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.