Finest food and drinks in Indianapolis in April

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Cheese Wars Indiana cheese is at the heart of the chefs' battle for the mastery of delicious dairy products.  Cheese Wars will be on April 22nd from 3pm to 6pm at the Cyrus Place Event Center, 237 N. East St.

Culinary inspiration

April 13, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Cafe Patachou, 4901 E. 49th St., free, (317) 202-0765, thepatachoufoundation.org

Attend a book signing with the nationally recognized food writer and activist Julia Turshen. Her latest book, Feed the Resistance, is a handbook on political activism that often begins when people gather to eat. Easy recipes for activists too busy to cook and eat to feed crowds are paired with practical tips (20 places to go) and essays from activists. Turshen will take the time to chat and answer questions at the event.

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Cheese wars

3 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 22, The Cyrus Place, 237 N. East St., $ 40, cheesewars.eventbrite.com

Indiana cheese is the focus of this dairy delicacy championship. Top local chefs compete for the best cheese dishes. You can try each one. Participating cheese makers include Capriole, Jacobs and Brichford, Tulip Tree, Platypus, the Paramount School of Excellence and Risin ‘Creek Farms.

Beer, barbecue and heavy metal

3 p.m. April 14, Indiana City Beer24 Shelby St., $ 15 upfront, $ 20 at the door, firebreather2018.brownpapertickets.com

Eleven local metal bands from Philadelphia, Iowa and Austin, Texas turn up their amps and smash heavy metal blues for FireBreather 2018. The winners of the Kansas City Barbecue Society’s Black Metal Barbecue Food Truck competition serve pit-smoked barbecue.

Turtles, made by the Schakolad Chocolate Factory, at Chocolate Fest Indy of the Day at the Dallara IndyCar Factory, Indianapolis, Saturday October 17, 2015. The event will benefit a variety of local arts in educational programs.

Sour, wild and funky beers

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 7, Mavris Arts & Events Center, 121 S. East St., $ 70, uplandsourfest.com

The Upland Brewing Company’s 7th Annual Sour Wild Funk Fest celebrates the best sour, wild, and funky beers in America. Sample 150 beers from more than 50 breweries in the Midwest and beyond.

Chocolate festival

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14, Artsgarden, 110 W. Washington St., $ 15 upfront, $ 20 at door, (317) 925-4043, ocolatefestindy.com

“Indy’s Sweetest Day” features tastings from a variety of chocolate makers, including DeBrand Fine Chocolate’s new Indianapolis store. Tickets include 10 tastings. The selection of goodies changes from year to year, but proceeds always go to Arts for Learning, Indiana’s oldest and largest provider of arts education.

Sous cooks take over

April 22, 6 p.m., Rook, 501 Virginia Ave., $ 85, (317) 737-2293

Second-in-command chefs from top Indy restaurants Rook and Bluebeard take on a 6-course meal that proves their importance in the kitchen. Dishes include glazed neck of lamb with smoked pulp, English peas, and salsa macha, a chili-rich sauce from the Mexican state of Veracruz.

Defalled by Taxman Brewing Co.

Day of death and taxes

Noon-4 p.m. April 21, Taxman Brewing Co., 13 S. Baldwin St., Bargersville, $ 50, (317) 458-0210, taxmanbrewing.com

This nasty couple doesn’t seem that bad when it goes by the name of Taxman Brewing’s annual beer festival. Sample beer from more than 40 Indiana breweries as well as wineries. Listen to live music, try local food trucks, and tour the brewery. Taxman’s special festival release is Evasion, a rich, sturdy Belgian-style stout aged with Indonesian vanilla pods in Kentucky whiskey barrels. The ticket price includes two 12-ounce cans of Evasion and a souvenir glass. You will also get two tastings of Evasion and unlimited tastings from all breweries in attendance.

Evening in Paris

6:30 p.m., April 28, Ivy Tech Indianapolis, 2820 N. Meridian St., $ 250, connect.ivytech.edu/paris2018

Ivy Tech Community College Hospitality Administration students show off their culinary talents at a feast of French cuisine and cocktails. This 30th annual event raises funding for scholarships that send students to Europe for culinary education.

T is for “delicious”

6:30 p.m. April 21, Indianapolis Central Library, 40 E. Saint Clair St., $ 200, (317) 275-4034, indyreads.org

Indy Reads’ annual Alphabet Indair fundraiser began in 1999 with the letter A. This year, it’s up to T, “Appetizers and Toasted Drinks” from Sun King Brewing, the West Fork Whiskey Company, Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery, and entice cardinals. Wear a T-costume, maybe a teacher, a tattoo artist, or a Tarzan. The proceeds will go to adult literacy programs.

Cowpokes and cocktails

April 18-23, April 28, Fitness Farm, 2525 W. 44th St., Gate 2, (317) 275-1316, $ 200, eiteljorg.org/cowpokesandcocktails

Wear your Wild West for this high-end event with good food and fancy cocktails in tents under the stars. The menu includes stuffed peppers, smoked dates wrapped in bacon, paella and a donut sundae bar with mini cake donuts, ice cream and various toppings. Bartenders compete against High West Bourbon in a cocktail showdown. Bid on silent auction items. The proceeds will benefit the museum’s art education programs.

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