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Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

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July 1-4, 2015  21st Annual 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 4, 2015  4TH OF JULY 2015 - Nationwide
There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.


July 11, 2015  Bacon and Beer Classic - Indianapolis, Indiana
The Bacon and Beer Classic is a one-of-a-kind event hosted inside baseball parks and stadiums across America. It is a premier experience focused on traditions where one’s nostalgia of baseball meets their love for bacon and beer. As the attendees walk through the stadium they will get a taste of history through the hundreds of craft brew samples and mouth-watering bacon-inspired tastes local restaurants cook up. Music will get people dancing, interactive games will bring out their inner kid, and the cooking demos and beer schools will teach everyone – from the expert to the novice – a thing or two about bacon and beer.  All of our events are all inclusive! From the moment you walk into the park, it's all about the experience, and not about opening up your wallet.

July 17-18, 2015  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 18, 2015  Valparaiso Wine Festival - Valparaiso, Indiana
Join us for the 3rd annual Valparaiso Wine Festival. Attendees will be able to sample over 80 different wines from local, regional, and national winemakers. Whether you’re a self-professed oenophile or someone who only drinks it casually, there is something for everybody to enjoy at this festival!

July 22-25, 2015  NACUFS National Conference
Indianapolis, Indiana
National Association of College & University Food Services.

July 23-25, 2015  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.

July 24-25, 2015  21st 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 24-26, 2015  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 August 1, 2015  Knox County Watermelon Festival
Vincennes, Indiana
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 1-3??, 2015  Owensville Watermelon Festival & Parade
Owensville, Indiana
Come out for rides, food, crafts, watermelon pageants, bingo, raffles, bands and a variety show!

August 4-8, 2015  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 7-23, 2015  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.  Attendance: 975,000.

August 15, 2015  Taste of Kokomo - Kokomo, Indiana
Join us in Foster Park along with 25+ restaurants, Beer Tent, Kids Korner and plenty of food competitions under the Big Event Tent.

August 15, 2015  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 21-22, 2015  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 22, 2015  39th 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 22, 2015  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 27-30, 2015  44th 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 28-30, 2015  Indianapolis GreekFest - Indianapolis, Indiana
Authentic Greek cuisine, live music/dancing, bazaar, cooking demonstrations, church tours, and more!


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

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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!


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

July 18, 2013  Celebrity Chef Tour -  Roanoke, Indiana
Benefitting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs.

August 31-Sept 2, 2013  Steam Harvest Days - Rockville, Indiana
Annual event celebrating antique agricultural equipment.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

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.


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