Since its inception in 1999, the Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival has been at the top of everyone’s list of favorite things to do in Indianapolis in the Spring. Set in Military Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, it’s an event all citizens of the Circle City can enjoy.
The centerpiece of this fun-filled day is the wide array of wines to sample. More than 100-award winning varieties are offered from nearly 25 Indiana wineries, complemented with food from 10 favorite Indianapolis restaurants. If you get hungry after sampling some of the best wines Indy has to offer, check out the Baxbeaux Pizza stand, or Cobb’s Cajun Cooking. Or cool off with a Murphy’s Italian Ice.
You can buy your Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival tickets in advance at Marsh Supermarket for $22, or buy them at the gate the day of the event for $25. This price includes all the wine samples you want, as well as food samples, and you’ll be able to enjoy the live music that serves as the backdrop of the festival. There are always several popular acts for Indianapolis music fans; in 2009, the headliners were the Gin Blossoms, in addition to several local bands.
While the main attraction of the Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival is the wine available for tasting and buying, it’s an event suitable for all Hoosiers, even your Indianapolis children. Each year, the Festival features an action-packed KidZone, with activities including face painting, balloon artists, and even a cartoonist.
In addition to the art activities for the kids, grown-ups can enjoy the art vendors scattered throughout the park for your viewing and buying pleasure, an aspect that’s always appealing for the Indianapolis art lover. It’s a great way to get your fix of Indianapolis culture and sample some of the best wine in Indiana at the same time.
For those that want to enjoy the sights and sounds of Vintage Indiana but don’t drink wine, all designated drivers are charged only $10 a ticket (or anyone else who doesn’t want to sample the wine). You’ll have access to food and fun, but the wrist band indicates no wine samples.
For those interested in Indianapolis history, you won’t want to miss the activities during the day. You can learn how to support the farmers of Indiana, who have always been important to the livelihood of Indiana citizens. You can cook with a CSA and learn how to make tasty organic foods, and then learn what wines to pair with them, courtesy of the Indiana Wine Trail.
Another favorite activity at the Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival is learning what goes into making the quintessential Italian picnic. The Milano Inn Italian Restaurant shows you exactly what to pack in your basket and what wines from the Indiana Wine Trail to pair them with for an authentic Italian experience. And any good wine lover knows that cheese is the perfect complement to your Merlot or Chardonnay. Courtesy of The Massachusetts Avenue Wine Shoppe, you’ll learn what cheeses pair best with what wines.
This June, make sure you check out the Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival, and you’ll understand why this has become one of the favorite events in Indianapolis. Grab a groups of friends, a few lawn chairs and a blanket, and prepare for a day of fun in the sun with some of Indiana’s finest wineries.
For more information, check out the official Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival website.