- 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, fairviewpresbyterian.org
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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8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., June 13, Christ Church Cathedral, 125 Monument Circle, Free Entry, (317) 636-4577 or indystrawberryfestival.org
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, facebook.com/IndyWomeninFood
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.
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, bhpsite.org
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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June 19-22, June 21-22, Pan American Pavilion, 201 S. Capital Ave., $ 25-35, tacosandtquilaindy.com
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, nookwellness.com
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, indyitalianfest.org
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.
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, Heroesfoundation.org/ 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.
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.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 22, 150 Courthouse Square, Greensburg, free admission, (812) 222-0037, facebook.com/tenderlointhrowdown
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, vintageindiana.com
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.
Marion County Fair
21.-30. June, Marion County Fairgrounds, 7300 E. Troy Ave., $ 5, (317) 353-2444, marioncountyfair.org
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.
Noon to 5 p.m., June 23, Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Free, aaalliance.org
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, indianagrown.org
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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