Tacos, Tater Tots high Indianapolis meals occasions in July

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Indy La Mulita's La Mulita Restaurant, featuring smoked brisket, succotash and chipotle mayonnaise, will be on offer at the Tacos, Tequila and Margaritas Festival in the Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza in downtown Indianapolis on June 24, 2017.  Around 4,500 people were present.

Whether you’re exploring a great event in the epicenter of the city, or taking a ride to experience incredible food in a city outside of Indy, this month’s events are sure to find (if you haven’t already, of course) that Indiana is increasingly a culinary destination. Take a sip of what July has in store – we have the best events below.

Taste of Indy

11 a.m. to 9 p.m., July 1, Monument Circle, $ 8, tastofindy.org.

All the streets in this city lead to Monument Circle, so it’s appropriate that Indy’s Centerpiece host a festival that offers a taste of the best in town. Live music starts at 11 a.m. and ends with a set by Bashiri Asad, one of Indy’s best and brightest soul singers. More than 15,000 people tried Indy last year; The food festival isn’t exactly a well-kept secret. But isn’t that the point? Try dozens of the best restaurants in town and mingle with a huge cross section of your neighbors.

Indiana Grown Monumental Marketplace

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 7, Monument Circle, toll free, (317) 232-8770 or indianagrown.org.

With nearly 800 members, Indiana Grown has helped local farmers and producers connect their healthy foods to stores, markets, and consumers to create a more sustainable and local Indy food system. And you can see their work live on July 7th when Indiana Grown hosts its first Monumental Marketplace, which is filled with local produce (and tons of samples) from small businesses and farmers. Indiana Pork will also serve its State Fair-famous pork patties. Come hungry.

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First Friday Food Truck Fest

July 17-23, July 7, Parking at Old National Center, 502 N. New Jersey St., $ 8, (317) 231-0000, or oldnationalcentre.com.

The Food Truck Fest on the first Friday in May may have been rainy, but the rest of the summer it is clear you can drive through an entire parking lot filled with Indy’s best, most creative food trucks. Nearly three dozen four-wheeled food machines will pile up on the Old National Center’s property to deliver the goods. Dogs are allowed on a leash and children have free entry. All you need for a good night’s sleep is an empty stomach.

Hoosierstaat beer festival

5 p.m. to 10 p.m., July 7, German Park, 8600 S. Meridian St., $ 25 to $ 30, (317) 888-6940 or eventbrite.com, search: Hoosierstaat.

The Association of German Societies is working hard to keep German culture alive here in Indiana, and things are in full swing this summer. After the successful Sudzfest last month, the organization is back with their Hoosierstaat Beer Festival, which roughly translates to “amazing Indiana Beer Festival for you and all your friends”. Almost 30 local craft breweries will open a shop in German Park to spend a nice evening with foam in nature. It might not be the Bavarian Alps, but it will do the job.

Cedar Creek Distillery opens

12 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 8, Cedar Creek Winery and Brew Co., 3820 Leonard Road, Martinsville, toll free, (765) 342-9000 or cedarcreekwineandbrew.com.

Cedar Creek has been pumping delicious wine and beer from his Martinsville home for nearly seven years. But the creek is getting bigger this summer as its new distillery makes its debut. On July 7th, try the new Pirate’s Cove Rum, Bear Proof Brandy, and Artesian Water (or the stylish name of its moonshine). Try them on site or take some bottles home with you. The seven-piece band Bigg Country will rock from 4 to 7 p.m. and there will be food.

Read it and eat it: recipe sharing and tasting

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., July 24, Sky Farm at Eskenazi Health, 720 Eskenazi Ave., free but RSVP required, (317) 275-4100 or indianapolispubliclibrary.eventbrite.com.

The library’s Read It & Eat It series continues this summer with some events that will fill your stomach and mind. Although the July 11 event at Goose The Market is sold out, don’t miss the July 24 Recipe Market. This time the texts to be read are recipes, not books – but that doesn’t mean there won’t be lively discussion. Sky Farm also offers dishes made from fresh vegetables. The series ends with the book “Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel” in Amelia’s bakery on July 31; RSVP online for a place.

Art of wine

5pm to 10pm, July 15, Main Street and Rangeline Road, Carmel, Free Entry, $ 20 for Wine Tasting, (317) 571-2787 or carmelartanddesign.com.

Carmel’s annual Art of Wine Festival undoubtedly demonstrates the immense work and craft that goes into making a delicious glass of goodies. But wine isn’t the only art you’ll find on July 15th – many of the Carmel’s Design District boutiques will be holding special sales, and a number of galleries are planning exhibitions dedicated to wine-inspired art. The Boston funk band Ripe are going to tear things apart. What’s even better? Walking through the festival is free.

Tater Tots and Beer Festival

3 p.m. to 6 p.m., July 16, MacAllister Amphitheater, Garfield Park, 2450 Conservatory Drive, $ 30 to $ 75, tatertotfestival.com.

Long before they were immortalized in “Napoleon Dynamite”, tater tots were a staple in the school cafeteria. Needless to say, they were more often paired with chocolate milk than beer. But that glitch was finally fixed with the Tater Tots and Beer Festival in several cities. Three hours of delicious craft beers and almost a dozen different tater-tot recipes (toppings, sauces, spices and more). Children may love toddlers, but this festival is for adults only.

A container of delicious, crispy tater tots.

Indy Taco Week 2017

July 17-23, different venues in Indianapolis, prices vary, indytacoweek.com.

What’s the best day of the week? Well, that depends on what night your favorite bar is hosting a taco night (so usually Tuesday). NUVO wanted to make every day their best day of the week, so July 17th-23 is officially taco week in town. Tons of local restaurants offer their delicious tacos at half price. Grab some friends, finally sit down at the taco hut you wanted to try, and live your best life.

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Culinary Fight Club: The Steak

July 18-23, July 24, Bent Rail Brewery and Restaurant, 5301 Winthrop Ave., (800) 611-7080, $ 30-40, culinaryfightclub.com.

Is your steak the best in Indianapolis? Show your town what you’re made of with this month’s Culinary Fight Club’s biggest challenge: Steak. CFC has showdowns nationwide where ordinary people can enjoy their best dishes in a cage game for dinner. Frying pan, pan, grill, mind control: choose your method and blow the judges away with a steak like they’ve never tried before. Log on to the CFC website and get your beef.

Indiana Microbrewers Festival

3 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 29, Military Park, North West Street and West New York Street, $ 60 early bird entry (2 p.m. entry), $ 40 general entry, $ 10 designated driver, indianabeerfest .com.

There are so many Indiana microbreweries featured at the 22nd annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival that it would seem like all of your neighbors were secretly brewing in their basements. From beer halls like Bloomington and Indy to brewers in Kokomo, Muncie, St. John and Jasper, Indiana is full of artisans who meticulously create creative beers. Try as many as you want and know that you support the Brewers of Indiana Guild and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Indiana.

Uncork the highlands

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., July 29, Creekbend Vineyard, 7508 N. Woodall Road, Elletsville, $ 125, uncorktheuplands.com.

Indiana’s wine country may not be as well known around the world as that of France or Italy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth celebrating. In fact, the 7th annual Uncork the Uplands event brings together the nine wineries that make up the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail in southern Indiana. Sip on excellent local wines and enjoy a farm-to-table meal from David Tallent of Bloomington, who ran the popular Tallent restaurant for more than a decade.