- 500 cakes and 600 cakes at one of the oldest summer festivals in Indiana
- Discounts at 50 restaurants in Downtown Indy
- Take a wine walking tour in downtown Carmel
Indy Burger Battle
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 28, Georgia Street, downtown Indianapolis, $ 30, (317) 632-3545, indyburgerbattle.com
At least 15 restaurants grill and sizzle everything from classic burgers to patties smothered in bacon and hickory-smoked brisket. For a year, a chef poured syrup over burgers and waffles. You can try each slider and vote for your favorite in the “People Picker” category.
4 p.m. to 11 p.m., July 19 to 21, 5301 W. 16th St., Speedway, 317) 241-6314, indyfestival.com
“Tops in Food” since 1937, this is one of the oldest festivals in Indiana. The Catholic Church of St. Christopher is host, and almost everything served is made from scratch in the church kitchen.
The menu includes devil’s eggs, hand-whipped fried cod sandwiches, barbecue, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, and Filipino dishes like lumpia. Bakers produce around 600 cakes and 500 cakes.
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Visit two beer gardens and vineyards, live music, carnival games and rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, bingo games and a casino area with roulette, poker, craps, blackjack and a horse racing bike.
Art of wine
5pm to 10pm, July 21, Main Street and Rangeline Road, Carmel, $ 20 Wine Tasting, (317) 571-2787, carmelartanddesign.com
Sample sips from 19 wineries and buy the bottles you love. There are special sales in the shops in the Art & Design District, exhibitions in the galleries, and roadside dining in some restaurants.
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They fish, they fry
Noon, July 1, 3241 N. Arlington Ave., free, thebaitbarn.com
Once a year, The Bait Barn Tackle Shop and Country Store fries locally caught bluegill, crappie, catfish and bass and gives it away until it’s gone. Donations of fish caught from clean water are welcome. Potato salad, coleslaw, and baked beans are the common side dishes. No complaining about bones in fish. No seats available. No frills. This is a group of hometown fishermen who celebrate fishing.
Portillos grand opening
July 9, 10:30 a.m., 8150 US-31, 317-743-9364, portillos.com
The chain, known for Chicago dogs, Italian beef, and chocolate cake, is opening a 200-seat location in Southside with two thoroughfares, a patio, and a license to serve beer.
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11 am to 2 pm, July 13, Monument Circle, downtown Indianapolis, $ 3, bebigforkids.org
Celebrities like the IndyStar food author Liz Biro create large sundaes of ice cream with chocolate, strawberry and caramel syrup, whipped cream, maraschino cherries and sprinkles. All proceeds go to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of central Indiana.
Indiana Microbrewers Festival
2 p.m. to 6 p.m., July 28, Military Park, 601 W. New York St., $ 40, 317-554-4494, ext 3, indianabeerfest.com
More than 100 brewers in and outside of Indiana pour 3-ounce samples. Expect “Hundreds of draft beers, specialty beers, and more,” according to the Brewers of Indiana Guild who are orchestrating the event. Burgers, pizza, and hot dogs are some of the grocery sellers. And yes, there will be coffee.
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Enjoy the city center
16.-29. July, savordowntownindy.com
Fifty restaurants in downtown Indianapolis offer discounts on three-course meals. Prices typically range from $ 10 to $ 40. Participating restaurants include Vida, Bluebeard, Tinker Street, Burger Study, The Capital Grill, and Mimi Blue Meatballs.
Festival of Peruvian Food
Noon to 7 p.m., July 28, Pentecostal Church Iglesia Fiesta, 4332 N. German Church Road, (317) 532-7058, iglesiafiesta.org
Sample food from Peru’s Costa, Sierra, and Selva regions, which are home to familiar ingredients like quinoa and lesser-known purple corn, dried potatoes, and Peruvian peppers. Peruvian coffee and desserts are also on the menu. Free entry. Buy the food you want to try.
Fillet on Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 26 through July 31, Hamilton County Restaurants, (317) 848-3191, visithamiltoncounty.com
More than two dozen restaurants along the Tenderloin Trail, which runs through Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, and Westfield, offer fillet discounts every Tuesday. One place gives you a free beer with your fillet.
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