A taco feast, a bourbon feast, a vegan feast, a maple syrup feast, and a bloody cider brunch are just a few of the food events happening in and around Indianapolis in March.
Taco Festival Spring Break
14.-21. March, Indiana Discount Mall, 3585 Commercial Dr., Free Entry, facebook.com/Indianadiscountmall
If you love authentic tacos this is the party. Food trucks gather to serve real Mexican tacos with delicious fillings like cabeza. It’s beef, but not a cap. It’s smoky, tender and juicy, like you mom’s best roast beef times a million.
Authentic tacos:You can find it here
Another taco event:The Indy Taco Fest is back, this time for 2 days
Corks & forks
7–10 p.m. March 14, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., (317) 632-2664, $ 150, secondhelpings.org/events/corks-forks/
Indy’s best chefs and bartenders serve up an evening of tastings, fine wines, artisanal cocktails and local beers to aid food rescue, hunger relief and culinary training from Second Helpings.
You want this chef’s brunch
Noon to 2 p.m., March 4, Ash & Elm Cider Co., 2104 E. Washington St., $ 40, (317) 600-3164, brownpapertickets.com/event/3341780
Former Festiva chef Rachel Hoover had me the first time I tasted her pozole. When she broke out the tamales with dark, rich mole Poblano, I was a goner. Hoover left Festiva a few months ago, but she’s joining her husband, chef, and Puebla, Mexico, native Victor Deleon for a four-course brunch of Ash & Elm cider. The meal includes almond biscuits with chorizo sauce, hot garlic sauce and a devilish egg. Gluten free options are available.
Canned cider:Ash & Elm Cider is coming to store shelves soon
Taste of Carmel
6 to 9:30 p.m. March 1, 502 East Event Center, 502 East Carmel Dr., Carmel; $ 35, TasteOfCarmelOPE.com
Sample tastings from 50 restaurants, caterers, wineries, and breweries in the area including Ocean Prime, Verde: Flavors of Mexico, Convivio Italian Artisan Cuisine, and Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya. The proceeds will go to the Orchard Park Elementary School.
7-10 p.m. March 10, Sofi B. Estate, 9999 Ditch Road, Carmel, $ 55- $ 95, carmelrotary.com
Pair select bourbons with food samples from local restaurants, including Peterson’s. Also expect cigars, live music, and for those who don’t drink bourbon (gasp!), Beer and wine.
Indy Veg Fest
Noon to 6 p.m. March 31, Bitwell Event Center, 950 S White River Parkway West Drive, free entry, but RSVP at indyvegfest.com
Dozens of vendors, many of whom offer food and drink, gather to celebrate everything vegan. Omnivores are also welcome. No judgment here, just great food, eco-friendly products, cooking demonstrations, fitness activities, and freebies.
Vegan Café:The RAWkin Juice Bar is coming to The Yard in Fishers
Hamilton County Restaurant Week
12-25 March, various restaurants in Fishers, Carmel and other areas, savorhamiltoncounty.com
A couple of dozen restaurants, including Lou Vino and Peterson’s Fishers, The Local in Westfield, and Kizuki Ramen in Carmel, offer menus valued at $ 10, $ 20, $ 30, or $ 40. Woody’s in Carmel is planning a $ 22 three-course meal that will serve pot roast in red wine sauce with green bacon beans, mashed potatoes, and crispy onions, and butterscotch-iced peach crumbles for dessert.
Huge tasting in the garden
9 am to 11 pm March 9, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., $ 100- $ 125, (317) 375-2700, mynoblelife.org
Cure the spring fever with tastings from 29 restaurants set up in the gardens of the Indiana Home & Garden Show. Food isn’t all you get on Noble Evening in the Garden. Be the first to see the house and garden show, taste wine, and listen to live music. There is also a silent auction. Noble Evening in the Garden benefits Noble, a nonprofit that is expanding its opportunities and improving the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome.
Opening of the restaurant
11.30 a.m. March 12, 15 E. Maryland St., (317) 759-3554, nookpaleo.com
One of the most interesting new restaurants of the year is Nook, where people with or without dietary restrictions can find foods that hardly seem like something for a special diet. The evening menu is divided into sections for Whole 30, Paleo, and Keto dieters. There are also gluten-free and vegetarian options, including pizza. During the official opening, the owners of Nook will announce the lunch break.
Where to eat a full 30, paleo:Open two new restaurants
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3, Bray Family Homestead Park, 4528 Ind. 38, Noblesville, free but RSVP required at (317)774-2500 or [email protected]
Cool nights and warm days make maple sap flow. The Bray family started making maple syrup 150 years ago. See how it was done with old-school equipment and watch modern equipment at work. A one-hour tour takes you through the Ahornhain, the history hut, the sugar hut and the sugar shop. Hear the folklore, history, and science behind maple syrup. It takes about an hour. Maple syrup and other products are available for sale.
Bonus Event: End of a Filipino Food Era
11 a.m. March 10, Lee Supermarket, 2660 Lafayette Road, Free, leesupermarket.com
After more than 40 years in business, the Lee Supermarket owner is ready to retire. The doors close with a celebration of Filipino food by the Filipino cultural community. Try Filipino dishes. In the meantime, you can stop by at great prices.