Chefs + IndyCar
7:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. May 5, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th St., $ 300, revindy.org
The big Rev tasting event opens the May race parties in Indianapolis. All of the city’s major chefs, including Abbi Merriss of Bluebeard, Jonathan Brooks of Milktooth, Brad Gates of Hedge Row, and Steven Oakley of Oakley, serve tastings inspired by IndyCar drivers. George Motz, “the most important burger authority” according to New York Times, will also be there. His “The Great American Burger Book” shows the best burgers in the USA. Roam dozens of tasting stations, bars, and entertainment venues. Dancing also takes place in the Yard of Bricks. Indy motorists from the past and present, as well as other celebrities, mingle with the crowd. The proceeds will benefit Indiana University Health’s statewide trauma programs, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Emergency Center.
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10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6, Biltwell Event Center, 950 S. White River Parkway West Drive, $ 15 to $ 35, indycup.eventbrite.com
Try coffee from roasters across Indiana and the Midwest at the 2018 Indianapolis Cup. Taste and nibble on samples from more than 25 coffee companies, bakeries, breweries and distilleries. Take coffee seriously by booking a private cupping session.
The original farmers market
Every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. starting May 2, Indy City Market, 222 E. Market St., (317) 634-9266, indycm.com/farmers-market/
Escape the office and take a lunchtime stroll through this downtown Indy farmers market. New this year are two kombucha vendors, quail eggs from Barnhouse Farms, family recipe cakes from Generations Pie Company and desserts from Love & Cobbler. Don’t miss out on the returning vendors including Mathoo’s Eggrolls, Buffalo Trail Farm Berries, and Grandpa’s Beef Jerky.
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Enjoy the international marketplace
6.-20. May, savortheinternationalmarketplace.com
The Westside Indy International Market District is full of authentic Mexican, Chinese, Cuban, African, Caribbean, Central American, and Pakistani restaurants, to name a few of the dishes on offer around the world. During the savor, 26 restaurants offer mostly three-course meals for less than $ 20.
Indiana Wine Fair
1 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 12, Story Inn, 6404 IN-135, Nashville, $ 10-60, (812) 988-2273, indianawinefair.com
Sample 1-ounce toppings of Reisling, Malbec, and Cabernet from more than 30 Indiana winemakers. Buy take-away bottles. Indiana University music students play chamber music. Food trucks deliver the food.
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Ice cream and beer
May 18, Centerpoint Brewing, 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Suite 2B, (317) 602-8386, centerpointbrewing.com
Celebrate American Craft Beer Week with a flight of four 5-ounce Centerpoint beers paired with four 3-ounce samples of lick ice cream for $ 18, or try an ice cream truck of beers for $ 8 . The float and flight pairings include centerpoint red ale with salted caramel and sage ice cream and amber ale with chocolate and cayenne pepper ice cream.
Cars and gravy
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. May 12, National, 215 E. 38th St., free admission, (765) 346-0148
Shiny toys as well as cookies and sauce make for a divine event. Ride your vintage car, truck, or motorcycle to the former Indiana National Bank, or just marvel at everyone else’s wheels. Make sure you don’t miss breakfast. The Old Major Market is known to smother homemade cookies in cheddar and chorizo sauce.
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Food truck on Fridays
Fridays 11 am to 1:30 pm starting May 4th, Georgia St. between Capitol Ave. and Illinois St., Free Entry, georgiastreetindy.com
Skip the office lunch delivery and head outside to sample some of the best food trucks in town. Barbecue enthusiasts, including vegetarians, should look out for the Beach Bum Truck on May 18th.
Chef JJ’s last egg festival
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19, Chef JJ’s, 42 W. South St., $ 45, (317) 602-3828, chefjjs.com
After 10 years, Chef JJ’s annual celebration of Big Green Egg ceramic grills ends with a day of demonstrations, tastings, cooking competitions and giveaways. Chef JJ Boston’s new book, Go Kamado: Over 100 Recipes for Your Ceramic Grill, is also on sale.
May 19, Monument Circle, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and throughout Indianapolis, indianapolis.lemonadeday.org
Every glass of lemonade you buy from a child is an investment in a future entrepreneur. Tomorrow’s executives sell lemonade starting at 10 a.m. at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 11 a.m. at Monument Circle, and 8 a.m. at booths in and around Indianapolis. Visit the website to find them.