Sausage is among those mouth-watering foods that are just too hard to resist. Sausage lovers got their fill at the 9th annual Saint Thomas Aquinas Sausagefest, which took place Friday and Saturday, August 16-17 at 46th Street & Illinois Street.
The annual tradition brings together several local establishments for this 2-day celebration, which features a variety of food and drink, adult gaming, children’s activities, a wine garden and, most importantly, sausage.
There was a good turnout a this year’s event, and it was clear the crowd was in a lively mood. The smell of sizzling sausage on a grill tends to do that to people; that and near perfect summer weather. Add to that the fact that this event took place in the Butler-Tarkington area, which is one of the cooler areas in Indianapolis, with its historic architecture, and it was a very enjoyable time.
Kincaid’s Meat Market, a local meat merchant in the Butler-Tarkington area, was the sole sausage supplier at this year’s event. There were brats, hot dogs and a special recipe called the “Saint Thomas Sausage,” which is a blend of andouille and Italian sausage with special herbs and spices, and just a tiny hint of heat.
Other participating establishments included Mary Rankin Catering, Piazza Produce, Taste of Philly Pretzels, Innovative Marketing Concepts and Bright Light Services. Beer was provided by Sun King Brewing Co.
Live entertainment was provided on both Friday and Saturday. The lineup included 11 bands in total. Things kicked off Friday with an aptly named folk rock group called “The Fabulous Sausage Kings,” followed by “Jon Martin and Gary Wasson” (country rock), “3:1” (pyschedelia), “Bill Rumely & Class Trip” (summer rock classics), and a classic rock band called “Streaker.” Saturday’s lineup consisted of “Stella Luna and the Satellites” (country rock), “Dugan Brothers” (hippy bluegrass), “Chad Mills and The Upright Willies” (indie rock), “Mars or the Moon” (rock) and an indy rock band called “Hip Sindicate.”
Apparently, face paint isn’t just for rabid sports fans. Among the many fun activities for young kids was this face painting station. In this photo a young girl undergoes a total “makeover.” Now if that isn’t worth a photo then what is!
A 50/50 raffle worth several thousands of dollars was held. Kids had lots to do, including bounce-houses, carnival games, a Cake Walk and Face Painting.