Many Hoosiers kick off their summers with the Indy 500, backyard BBQ’s and the opening of the neighborhood pool.

Me? This is my kick-off to summer:

Vintage Indiana Wine Festival

Vintage Indiana: A Festival of Wine, Food and Fun

I have attended Vintage since I was legal. Ok, not true. But I’ve gone several years. My husband and I have joined up with friends, I’ve gone with my girlfriends, it is just a fun day to celebrate Indiana wine and summer!

Vintage Indiana is the state’s largest wine festival featuring locally crafted wine. Twenty-six Indiana wineries will sample their award-winning and fan favorites to a crowd of thirsty wine aficionados from around the Midwest!

Vintage IndianaWhat you can expect from Vintage this year on June 7th, 2014 downtown at Military Park:

  • Tents full of locally crafted Indiana wineries, food artisans and crafts
  • Wine sampling of more than 200 wines, although I do *not* recommend you sample all 200. Please.
  • Awesome live music on the open stage, including Zanna-Doo, My Yellow Rickshaw and Jennie DeVoe
  • Enrichment with talks in the Pavilion on Father’s Day meal ideas, ways to lighten your summer food and more
  • A fun souvenir Vintage Indiana etched tasting glass if you’re among the first 10,000 through the gates

When you go, you might want to bring along a blanket and lawn chairs so you can plop down to enjoy music, lunch and perhaps a bottle of wine!

New at Vintage Indiana for 2014:

  • They have partnered with a charity, dots in blue water, which helps to provide clean water to rural areas in Haiti. A portion of every Vintage Indiana ticket sold will go to support this organization, in effect turning wine into water!
  • Early admission access for VIP’s! Those purchasing Early Admission VIP tickets can access the festival one hour before it opens to the public. This is thanks to Indiana’s Family of Farmers for sponsoring the VIP hour. Limited to the first 1,000 VIP tickets sold.
  • Vintage is now an event for adults ages 21 and over only. No children (nor pets, coolers or outside food/beverages) will be allowed.

Vintage Indiana Wine Festival

Vintage Indiana details:

  • Vintage Indiana takes place June 7 from 12pm-7pm at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis.
  • Advance tickets are $25 and available at Marsh Supermarkets or online through Vintage Indiana. VIP hour tickets are $50 and can be purchased through here.
  • Tickets are available at the gate for $35. Designated driver tickets are $10 with unlimited access to soft drinks and water.

Find more that I’ve written about Indiana’s Family of Farmers, and other Indiana-related posts!

This post was sponsored by Indiana’s Family of Farmers. All opinions and my love of wine are 100% my own. See my disclosure policy for more info.

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Indiana Artisan Marketplace Recap

by Ann-Marie on April 2, 2014

Sage's Simple Syrups

Indiana ArtisanSome of the best tasting chocolate, cheeses, sauces and yes – even wine, is made right here in Indiana. And thanks to Indiana Artisan, I was able to sample these and much more as I browsed the displays at their Marketplace events this weekend at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

If you happened to read my post in which I gave away a pair of tickets, then I hope you were able to take an hour or so out of your weekend and visit Indiana Artisan.

My budget was small, but I purchased a bottle of Sage’s Simple Syrups because he had me at “mix with champagne”. For a non-beverage use, these syrups make a great vinaigrette too!

I also picked up a Stampin Ground Cheddar Cheese Spread from Dad’s Favorites in Louisville, and Lordy does it have a kick at the end. Surprise! If I don’t eat it with a spoon and a water back, I’ll try it on grilled cheese with some provolone to soften said kick.

And the crafts – we saw beautiful pottery, photography, glassware and much more.

Indiana Artisan Marketplace

I love supporting local and small businesses, and encourage you to keep this on your mind for the next time the Indiana Artisan Marketplace rolls around! You can do this by following Indiana Artisan on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.

And be sure to check around here for more local Indiana-related posts!

This post was sponsored by Indiana Artisan. As always, all opinions and my love of Indiana and local food are 100% my own. See my disclosure policy.

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Indiana Ag Day

Next Tuesday I will be joining many of my fellow Indy bloggers and farm friends from Indiana’s Family of Farmers downtown by the State House for Indiana Ag Day, and you’re invited!

  • What: Indiana Ag Day
  • When: Tuesday March 25, 2014 from 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Where: Outside the Statehouse, South Senate Ave.
  • Why: Because you like to eat good food. And you love Indiana. And you support local agriculture. Right?!

Last year I attended the event and our wee little tummies were stuffed with amazing creations from local Indy food trucks, and this year’s lineup promises to look just as fulfilling!

There’s no need to RSVP, just show up and show your support! Come at 11:00 to hear opening remarks by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, and enjoy some (crossing fingers) Spring sunshine as you browse and lunch on local food truck fare.

So … do you have a favorite food truck? Leave me a comment and give them a shout out!  Last year I gorged on Little Eataly, hoping they’ll make a return but I’m looking forward to finding new faves!

Be sure and share this post with your local friends so we can show our support for local farmers, because as you know, #FarmsMatter! You may also follow Indiana’s Family of Farmers on Facebook and Twitter for more details on this and coming events!

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I am a proud ambassador of Indiana’s Family of Farmers, All opinions and my love of Indiana and food trucks are 100% my own. See my disclosure policy for more on that.

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