This past Sunday, with my trusty camera around my neck, I ventured to White River State Park with a few good friends and an empty stomach. I left with sunflowers, a beer glass and a necklace for said glass, a ridiculous sunburn, and a bloated abdomen full of the best most local foods I have ever eaten. Dig IN showed off that perfect cooperation between local farmers and restaurants, breweries, and wineries that works so well it gets you excited. The food was mind blowing. The sunflowers were a nice, sunny bonus. The company was the best. We had fun trying all the different options, from various duck dishes, to the thousands of corn dishes (not complaining!), to the watermelon coffee soda and the wagyu beef meatball bahn mi.
As Andrew and I were strolling to the car, we really couldn't say anything other than, wow. This food festival proved to me that local business is alive and well, and even more vibrant than before. I've been listening to this podcast called One Part Podcast by Jessica Murnane, and many of her episodes involve people deep in the local, sustainable food scene. It was great to witness what is discussed on that podcast here in the heart of Indiana. I'm damn proud of this city (and my state in general)! Indianapolis is small, and it's definitely still growing. But despite it's size, it's proving to have a mighty fine food and drinks scene. There are so many new places I have to try now that I've had a small bite from each of them. Watch out world, because I'm sure it's only going to get better here in the Hoosier state.