Meatball Fest is in Indianapolis this weekend

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At least 20 restaurants are expected to serve meatballs at the Clash of the Meatballs in downtown Indianapolis on November 4th.  The list includes Mimi Blue Meatballs, of course, but also Aurelio's of Fishers, BARcelona Tapas, Hops & Fire, Maggiano's Little Italy, Osteria Pronto, Palomino Restaurant & Bar, Prime 47 in Carmel and The District Tap.

What could be nicer than the Taco Fest, Brunch Fest, Burger Fest, and Mac and Cheese Fest that have already popped up in Indianapolis? Get ready for the meatball festival.

Clash of the Meatballs follows the Monumental Marathon on November 4th. Go for the run and indulge in meatballs after the race.

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Eight restaurants have signed up to serve meatballs at the Downtown Festival. The program includes Mimi Blue Meatballs, of course, but also Aurelios from Fishers, Hops & Fire, Osteria Pronto, the Palomino Restaurant & Bar, Prime 47 in Carmel and The District Tap. The Round Town Brewery of Indianapolis will be there with beer.

A $ 35 general admission ticket gives you 90 minutes to eat a meatball tasting from each restaurant and a voucher to vote for your favorite people’s choice meatballs. Buying a $ 55 VIP ticket gives you two hours to eat meatballs and two drink cards for beer, wine soda, or cocktails. Promoter Evoke Management donates $ 1.50 for every ticket sold to Second Helpings, an Indianapolis famine relief organization.

Top New York chef Akhtar Nawab is one of the food professionals who award the award for the best meatball. In 2009, Akhtar appeared on Food Networks “Iron Chef America”. StarChefs.com presented him with the 2007 New York City Rising Star Chef Award. He worked with celebrity chef Tom Colicchio at the famous Gramercy Tavern. Colicchio then hired Nawab as the inaugural chef at Colicchio’s famous Craft. The restaurant was awarded three stars by the New York Times in 2001 and named “Best New Restaurant” by the James Beard Foundation in 2002. A year later, Colicchio opened the craft bar and appointed Nawab as head chef.

Also on the podium are IndyStar food author Liz Biro and the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker George Motz, founder of the national Food Film Festival and author of “Hamburger America”.

The meatball clash will take place at the Biltwell Event Center, 950 S. White River Parkway West Drive. General admission and VIP sessions are scheduled throughout the day between 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com/e/clash-of-the-meatball-indianapolis-tickets-36755647130.

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