The most effective Indianapolis meals occasions in July

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The winner of the Weber Grill selection at the Indy Burger Battle 2016 carries a short rib patty with hickory-smoked brisket, cheddar spread, smoked bacon aioli and homemade sweet and sour cucumber on a toasted ciabatta roll.

  • 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.

Midsummer Festival

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.

At the St. Christopher Mid-Summer Festival from July 19 to 21 on the Speedway, the bakers will be making around 500 cakes along with tons of other foods.

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.

A few dozen Indy celebrities, including Indy star food writer Liz Biro, serve sundaes for the annual Ice Cream Social at Monument Circle downtown.

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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Ice Social

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.

Sample hundreds of specialty beers at the Indiana Microbrewers Festival.

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.

The breaded fillet is as big as its plate at the Four Day Ray Pub and Brewery in Fishers.  The restaurant is one of several that offer Tenderloin Tuesday discounts in Hamilton County.

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.

Follow IndyStar food writer Liz Biro on Twitter: @lizbiro, Instagram: @lizbiro and on Facebook.