What’s the only thing better than amazing food? An entire festival dedicated to it, of course. Indiana has hundreds of food festivals across the state each year, each with interesting and delicious offerings. If you’re a lover of food, be sure to catch these upcoming Hoosier food festivals taking course over this spring and summer.
1. Maple Syrup Festival, Wakarusa – April 22nd – 24th
There will be food galore at the 46th annual Maple Syrup Festival in Wakarusa. Get ready to sample some amazing, homemade maple syrup recipes poured over heaping all-you-can-eat mounds of pancakes and sausages made by the Wakarusa Lion’s Club. This event will feature events like live music, the crowning of the Festival Queen, a wild animal show, magic performance, fashion show, and much more. There will also be tons of additional foods, like BBQ, chili, pulled pork, hot dogs, and tons of dessert and snack options.
2. Taste of Italy: Italian Street Festival, Richmond – May 14th
Italian food, lemonade tastings, local art, train rides, and a wine/cheese crawl? What could be better? Enjoy all of this and more at the Richmond Taste of Italy Festival this May. There will be specialty Italian foods, as well as traditional food from local restaurant owners. All while you enjoy the festivities, listen to live music, or browse antiques. Sounds like perfection!
3. Strawberry Festival, Rosedale – June 3rd – 5th
Who can turn down a ton of fresh baked strawberry themed goods like shortcakes, pies, and more? I know I can’t. Head over to Rosedale this June for a variety of fresh strawberries and sweets, live music, additional food, contests, activities for kids, crafts, contests, and so much more!
4. Monon Food Fest, Monon – June 4th
Do you enjoy car shows, pony rides, yard sales that span entire towns, live music, games, and delicious food? Then you’re going to love the Monon Food Fest. There will be a ton of food vendors and there is also entertainment for everyone to enjoy.
5. BBQ RibFest, Fort Wayne – June 16th – 19th
If you love BBQ, you have to check out RibFest in Fort Wayne this year. There will be a 5k run, on stage performances, and an unbelievable amount of BBQ food. This event will happen rain or shine and has a large canopied terrace to keep you dry, just in case. Enjoy great food, good blues, and brews. Best of all students, seniors, military members, police officers, and fire workers all get in at reduced prices.
6. Taste of Tippecanoe, Lafayette – June 18th
Taste of Tippecanoe is a major fundraising event for the Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF). You can expect some great local foods to choose from, awesome live music acts, fireworks, and a ton of other fun events. This event starts at 4pm and runs until midnight.
7. Indian Market and Festival, Indianapolis – June 25th – 26th
From 10am to 5pm on the weekend of June 25th, join your fellow Hoosiers to celebrate Native American culture with fantastic food (you have to try Indian tacos!), art exhibitions, music, dance, storytelling, and plenty more. There will be over 150 artists from over 60 different tribes present.
8. Catfish Festival, Shoals – July 1st – 4th
One exciting way to celebrate Independence Day is by hanging out at the Catfish Festival in Shoals. This event features an array of entertainment, from sporting events and contests to cooking competitions and parades. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the mounds of piping hot catfish.
9. Hot Dog Festival, Frankfort – July 29th – 30th
Join the residents of Frankfort for adorable dachshund races, arts and crafts, a huge flea market, live entertainment, and hot dogs galore! There will also be a ton of vendors with a variety of different foods and drinks.
10. Pierogi Fest, Whiting – July 29th – 31st
Pierogis, parades, and polka, oh my! This hugely popular festival has a Polish theme to it and draws nearly a quarter of a million visitors each here. The live entertainment and Eastern European costumes alone are worth the trip!
11. Taste of the Gardens, Elkhart – August 27th
From 11am until 6pm, guests at this festival can enjoy the fine culinary dishes in addition to music and art, all in the gorgeous garden setting. If you’re a foodie at heart, this is one festival you have to attend.
12. Popcorn Festival, Valparaiso – September 12th
Help celebrate the 37th year of this annual festival honoring one of Indiana’s trademark snacks: popcorn. Named the “Best Festival of the Region,” this event provides family friendly fun with hundreds of arts and crafts booths, tons of food vendors, games just for kids, a five mile long Popcorn Panic run, and a popcorn themed parade.
Are you hungry yet? Do you plan on attending any of these fantastic food festivals this year? Did we miss any great ones?