The most effective Indianapolis meals occasions in June

Whipped cream, vanilla ice cream and sugared strawberries are served over 20,000 homemade shortcakes at Christ Church Cathedral's annual strawberry festival on the second Thursday in June at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.

  • Hit Marion County’s longest running church fish roast
  • Play croquet with a giant sausage platter at a white party
  • Where to find free donuts on National Donut Day

Fairview Fish Fry

5 to 8 p.m. June 6 and 7, 4609 N. Capitol Ave., $ 10, (317) 251-2245,

Marion County’s longest running church fish roast has been around since 1933. “Our cod is a fantastic roasted cod with side dishes, including“ family secret recipes ”for beans and salad dressing. It’s an all-you-can-eat feast, but leave room for homemade desserts. Get take-away plates or sit at tables on the beautiful lawn.

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Strawberry Festival

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., June 13, Christ Church Cathedral, 125 Monument Circle, Free Entry, (317) 636-4577 or

Pound US $ 7 for “the works,” a mountain of shortcake made from scratch by Church volunteers, plus strawberries, ice cream, and whipped cream. Eat on the steps of Monument Circle or treat your office workers to loads of take-away shortcakes. Don’t dawdle. The festival ends when the shortcakes run out.

Plate to Politics Workshop

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., June 9, IndyStar, 130 S. Meridian St., $ 10,

The Indy Women in Food session provides hands-on training for Indiana women who work in the food and agriculture industry and who want to play a critical role in transforming the national food system. Learn leadership skills to speak for a cause, run for political office, or serve on boards and committees. Hear from Indiana State Representative Carey Jeffries Hamilton over lunch with local elected officials and community activists, network with like-minded women, and discover how stories can help move people to action.

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.

Croquet and sausages

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 1, Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware St., $ 30 to $ 150, (317) 631-1888,

Dress up your best white garden parties. Wicket World of Croquet is an afternoon of croquet, snacks, Sun King Brewing beers, a porch party, and a silent auction. The best-dressed participants will be awarded prizes.

IndyStar Wine & Food Experience

Get a cooking lesson from Food Network star chef Alex Guarnaschelli, sip wine with Total Bellas Brie Bella and Nikka Bella, and sample food from around 30 of the best restaurants in Indy. This event won’t take place until September 28, but for now, tickets are almost half the regular general admission price, and cooking packages are still available. Mingle with the chefs, try tastings and attend wine seminars and enjoy your favorite vintages.

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Taco feast

June 19-22, June 21-22, Pan American Pavilion, 201 S. Capital Ave., $ 25-35,

Are you already thinking of the hundreds of tacos you can eat? Take part in the festival’s taco eating contest. Tequila, margaritas, a best taco t-shirt competition, freebies, and live music including a mariachi band are also on the list of activities. This event is for people aged 21 and over.

A total of 30 dinner series

June 1, 11, 20, and 29, Nook: A Paleo-influenced Diner, 15 E. Maryland St., 15 E. Maryland St., $ 125 for the series,

Combine the summer season of ice cream with this range of healthy foods based on the Whole 30 sugar-free diet that focuses on organic meat, fish and vegetables. Each dinner offers instructional videos and free downloads. You will also receive a daily email from a Wellness Coach who will be very helpful when you take on the Whole 30 Challenge in June.

Italian street festival

June 17 and 23, June 14 and 15, Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, 520 Stevens St., Free Entry, (317) 636-4478,

Pizza, spaghetti, ravioli, cannoli, and meatballs on a stick are the main dishes. Food is the centerpiece, but live music, carnival rides, a traditional Italian religious procession and a special mass are also part of the celebrations.

Fresh, homemade cannoli will be served at the Catholic Church of the Holy Rosary's Italian Street Festival in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Wine for a good cause

Peace Water Winery, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 10, 747 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, and June 17, 37 W. Main St., Carmel, $ 35, (843) 732-2439, events /

The Catherine Peachey Fund’s annual Wine Tasting with Peachey Fund benefits breast cancer research. The fund was founded in memory of Cathy Peachey who owned coffee shops and bakeries in Indianapolis in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Starters and desserts are served.

Free donuts

6 am to 11 am, June 7th, Monument Circle, free

The Salvation Army donut girls are handing out hundreds of free donuts at this sweet celebration. In the meantime, WIBC is holding a competition to choose the best donut in the Indy region. The judged tasting includes popular bakeries such as Long’s, Titus, Boyden’s and General American Donut Co. The whole morning will be broadcast live on WIBC with the morning show host Tony Katz.

Maddy Jenson (left) and Joy's House staff pose for a goofy picture as they stop for a work scavenger hunt at Monument Circle on National Donut Day, Friday, June 2, 2017.

Tenderloin throwdown

11 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 22, 150 Courthouse Square, Greensburg, free admission, (812) 222-0037,

Make no mistake about Indiana state food. Awards go to the best breaded and grilled pork tenderloin sandwiches, including people’s choice and the most creative tenderloin. Vendors and live bands mean you can walk or dance off the calories.

Vintage Indiana Wine Festival

11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 1, Military Park, W. New York St., $ 15-50, 765-496-3842,

More than 25 wineries serve samples of 300 Indiana-made wines. Fifteen food trucks and vendors are offering Vittles for sale to pair with the wine. Wine industry guides answer questions, and artisans offer goods for sale.

Funnel cake with fresh cherries at the Marion County Fair in Indianapolis on June 19, 2016.

Marion County Fair

21.-30. June, Marion County Fairgrounds, 7300 E. Troy Ave., $ 5, (317) 353-2444,

Consider this a starter for the Indiana State Fair in August. Try grilled steaks and pork chops, elephant ears, of course, potato chip nachos, soft ice cream, apple pie funnel cakes, sausages and much more. Heck, a year old, fried alligator was on the menu.

Asian festival

Noon to 5 p.m., June 23, Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Free,

Korea is the country featured at this annual Asian American Alliance event. Special exhibits and exhibitions set the country apart, but music, art, dance, and delicious food stretch across Asia.

Monumental market square

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28, Monument Circle, free entry,

Skip lunch and eat locally from a large buffet that covers every corner of Monument Circle. Vendors, farmers, and chefs serve free samples and sell Indiana-grown or manufactured foods.

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