Emerging Indiana Food Brands Forum Fall 2017
in partnership with Indiana Grown and Purdue University
Preregistration is open for the conference: https://goo.gl/wh2q4v !
• What are retail buyers and distributors looking for in a food vendor?
• Once placed in the store how do we compete against national brands and hold our place on the shelf?
• How do we scale from “cooking” our “recipe” at home or in commissary kitchens to “processing” our “formula” in commercial processing facilities?
• I know I need marketing but not sure where to start?
Stewart Hall, Purdue University in West Lafayette
8:30 a.m. -11:15 a.m. Morning Seminars in 2 classrooms with seating for up to 35-45 each:
◦ Classroom #1: Scale for growth by offering Purdue Food Science professors seminars
◦ Classroom #2: Marketing to support retail and food service sales seminars
11:45 a.m. -1 pm Retail Lunch-n-Learn:
◦ Up to 6+ retail food procurement professionals talk about what they look for in new/local vendors such as best practices, do & don’ts, what to expect, etc.
◦ Box lunch provided with registration
1:15 p.m. -4:30 p.m. Sample/Tastings for up to 100 vendors
◦ Buyers can try samples and meet vendors
Who’s this for:
This limited space conference is for emerging, local or regional food brands looking to grow sales and increase market share.
Emerging Indiana Food Brands Forum Fall 2017
Indiana Grown is hosting its first-ever Monumental Marketplace on the circle. Sip, sample and shop great local products. Explore local tastes that only Indiana can provide. Support small businesses from all across the state. Get to know the people behind the products you enjoy every day. Location: Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Information: www.indianagrown.org.
The inaugural Tacos, Tequila and Margaritas Festival will be a one-day event (Saturday, June 24th, 2017) at the Pavilion at Pan Am with an expected attendance of 3,000 attendees. Early bird tickets will start at $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP. Each ticket level will come with both food and margarita tickets to be used at any of the food or drink vendors. Attendees can purchase additional food tickets for $3 and additonal drink tickets for $2.50. Event features tacos, speciality margaritas samplings, taco eating contest, live music featuring DJs and a Mariachi band, best TACO theme T-shirt contest, giveaways, and more. Location: The Pavilion at Pan Am, 201 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis. Information: Event page.
Head to Dugger Family Farm in Morristown, Indiana on Sunday, June 18, for a laid-back, fun-filled day the whole family will enjoy. While this event is BYOD (Bring Your Own Dad), Dads are not required for attendance. Anyone is welcome; this relaxed and agenda-free event is the perfect way to celebrate family, friends, and tasty local food.
Father's Day on the Farm is a family-friendly day, offering farm tours, a potluck feast Slow Food-style and some great company. Taxman Brewing Company (Bargersville, Indiana) will be sending some of its local beer to keep the adults refreshed. Heritage Meadow Farms will provide meat for the grill. Bring a dish or dessert to share.
About the Farm: Established in 2016, Snail of Approval honoree Dugger Family Farm is part animal rescue, part farm store, and 100 percent home. An agritourism destination where local food, animal welfare, environmental preservation, and transparent relationships are paramount, Dugger Family Farm offers events and initiatives that speak to Randy and Sherri Dugger’s passions and to their desire to provide service to others. The Duggers provide a home for alpacas, goats, chickens, honeybees, more than a dozen farm cats, and a dog on their property, and they operate a small on-farm store where local foods from approximately 40 Indiana farms and food makers are sold. The Dugger Family Farm store, which features products from the farm as well as many other local artisan products, will be open during the event. Casual tours of the farm, which will allow guests to meet the resident alpacas, dogs, cats, and chickens, will be ongoing throughout the day. For more information, visit www.duggerfamilyfarm.com.
About the Chef: Ryan Kernodle has been with Taxman since its opening in 2014. He will serve as Head Chef at Taxman's Fortville location, which opens in July. Like the Bargersville Gastropub, Taxman Fortville will feature local farm-to-table fare. Prior to joining Taxman, Ryan was Head Chef at The Indigo Duck in Franklin, Indiana.
About the Meat: Established in 2013, Snail honoree Heritage Meadows Farm is a small family farm dedicated to saving many rare breeds of livestock. The farm specializes in humanely raised, pastured Large Black Hogs for pork or breeding programs, as well as sheep, ducks, and other farm products.
Tickets: $10 for those eating meat; free for those not eating meat. To get tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.
Potluck Details: If you would provide a list of ingredients used in your dish to display, it would much appreciated.
Parking at the farm is available but somewhat limited. If carpooling is an option, we encourage you to do so!
Other things to bring with you for an enjoyable day:
Dishes & utensils; chairs or picnic blankets to sit on; beverages of your choice (adult or otherwise). Water will be provided. Sunscreen & all natural insect repellent, if you choose. Yard games (Frisbees, soccer balls, etc.)
Location: 6559 E. 1200 N, Morristown, IN 46161. For more info and questions, email email@example.com.
Join the Keystone-Monon Community Garden and Kevin Allison, urban soil health specialist with the Marion County Soil and Water Conversation District, for this free workshop. Learn to grow healthy gardens from the soil up. Kevin will share the important role that urban soil health plays in making your garden healthy and productive. Special topics will include mulching, raised garden beds, soil testing, and much more. Location: Glendale Library, 6101 N. Keystone Ave., Indianapolis. Information: Event page.
Celebrate and honor one year of the institute's grassroots program to provide its community access to good healthy food. Event is free and includes food, music, entertainment and door prizes. Location: Kheprw Institute, 3549 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis. Information: Event page.
Sponsored by the City of Indianapolis, Indy Food Council, and Purdue Extension-Marion County. Some people, especially those in low-income neighborhoods, may face greater barriers in accessing healthy and affordable food, which may negatively affect diet, health, and food security. Mayor Hogsett has made it a point of his administration to seek solutions to reduce poverty and improve public safety, both of which can be hindered by limited access to an affordable, healthy diet. The goal of the Food Summit is to bring together the people of the City of Indianapolis and Marion County to develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing problems of limited food access.
The Food Summit’s morning session will include an exploration of current and upcoming activities across Marion County that seek to improve food access. From county-wide activities like the communityINNOVATE Healthy Food Access Challenge to neighborhood community gardens, we will discuss the successes and challenges of these food access efforts. The morning session will be followed by a catered lunch provided by the Indy Food Council.
The Food Summit’s afternoon session will include strategic planning preparation, led by Purdue Extension-Marion County. The session will allow community members to organize themselves, based on their personal interests in the food system, by defined strategic topics. Each strategic working group will develop a vision, mission, objectives, and strategies to create a positive impact on Marion County’s food system. At the end of the summit, the working groups will have scheduled the subsequent three months to formulate a document addressing their strategic topic. By the end of the year, all strategic documents will be compiled to create a county-wide, community-based strategy for food access. Location: Riverside Park, 2420 E. Riverside Drive, Indianapolis, Information: Event page.
Come hungry, come thirsty, leave happy. Experience bacon-infused dishes, unlimited bacon strips, 50-plus craft beers, music, contests, games, and more.
5/20 Afternoon: 12:30-3pm
5/20 Evening: 4:30-7pm
5/20 Night: 8:30-11pm
VIP ticket holders enter a half hour early and have access to an exclusive cocktail bar. For tickets and more info, visit www.baconandbeerclassic.com. Location: Regions Tower, 211 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, Indiana. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/411857225823961
Opening day for the season. The market will be open every Saturday from 8 am-noon. Expect local sources of asparagus, rhubarb, lettuce, kale, spinach, beef, pork, chicken, lamb, cheese, butter, honey, plants, leather goods, baked goods, wooden products and more. Location: 11501 E. Washington St., Cumberland. Information: (317) 697-0508.
Indy VegFest is free and open to the public, and will include local food vendors, speakers, cooking demonstrations, healthy living and eco-friendly vendors, fitness classes, kids' activities, and vegan food samples.
Claim your ticket through Eventbrite to ensure eligibility for goody bags filled with free samples, magazines, and coupons, given to the first 250 people through the door. One goody bag per person, and per Eventbrite ticket. If you are bringing multiple people, each person must register separately through Eventbrite in order to receive a goody bag. Location: The Pavilion at Pan Am, 201 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1413546251991673/
The famous dish of Spain, paella is a feast for all the food lovers with the signature saffron hue to its heavenly scent and incredible flavor. In this hands-on class, our instructor will introduce you to the authentic Spanish ingredients that make paella so delicious. Learn how to prepare the sofrito and stock base and share secrets to achieving the allusive socarrat. (Socarrat is the crusty crispy bottom of the paella that becomes caramelized and toasted on the bottom of the pan when it is cooking.) Up to 7 teams of 2/$80.00/team. Each team will get one 16-inch paella pan to take home. Location: Artisano's Oils & Spices, 1250 E. 86th St., Indianapolis. Information: artisansoils.com
Do the words young, beginning and/or sustainable farmer describe you? Are you an aspiring farmer? Join the Hoosier Young Farmer Coalition for its first official Film Screening and Potluck on April 9 to meet and connect with other sustainable farmy folks from around the state. Bring a potluck dish. This also will be a BYOB event.
This is a very casual social get-together meant to set the stage for the local chapter of the National Young Farmer Coalition. Location: SpeakEasy, 5255 Winthrop Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana, 46220. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/hoosieryfc
Enjoy samples from some of Indiana's celebrated chocolate vendors as well as intereactive performances from Arts for Learning teaching artists. Adult tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door. Each adult ticket includes 10 samples. Kids Tickets are $5 and include 5 samples. Both tickets give attendees the chance to enjoy performances from teaching artists. Find out more about the event at https://chocolatefestindy.com
Location: Indianapolis Artsgarden, 110 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1869928169930313
Join Chef Audrey Barron at Ezra’s Enlightened Café for a class on Wild & Seasonal Dishes - using the wild and seasonal foods of Spring to create dishes that support the liver, kidneys and overall health. Tickets: $35 per person. RSVP to (317) 255-3972. Location: 6516 Ferguson St., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 255-3972.
Head to Agrarian to learn the proper ways of butchering a chicken. Whether you have a hen past her laying days, an unexpected rooster or just simply need to thin your flock a bit, bring your bird and they will show you how it's done. Agrarian will supply the necessary equipment and you will leave with a butchered and cleaned bird. Cost: $10 per person. Location: 1051 E. 54th St., Suite B, Indianapolis. Information: agrarianindy.com
Return of the Mac is a food fest dedicated to mac & cheese. Sample cheesy creations from Bloomington & Southern Indiana restaurants while chefs put their own spin on everyone’s favorite comfort food. $30 General Admission; $45 VIP / Early Entry; Kids 6 and under free with paid adult. http://returnofthemacfest.com/bloomington Location: Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave., Bloomington. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/408721516131181
Hoosiers everywhere have been outraged by the Legislature's attempt to curb solar energy progams in Indiana. Join the rally to save #IndianaSolarand stop Senate Bill 309.
Location: Indiana Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1282851801750081
$90/person. Agrarian has all the tools, lumber, hardware, and knowledge needed for you to build your very own raised bed for vegetable gardening. You will leave with a raised bed that you constructed. Pre-register for this event by visiting the website. Location: 1051 E. 54th St., Suite B, Indianapolis. Information: (317) 493-1166; firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen in on a panel of local and national speakers and engage in critical conversation about local food solutions that empower community. Come hear from urban farmers, community food cooperatives, and gardens that educate and empower youth. How can we lead the way in local food production, entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, and self-reliance? Location: Kheprw Institute, 3549 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, Indiana. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1788465034807484
Another edition of the Rare Cuts Artisan Food Market inside the Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace. Head to the Agriculture Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to see some great antiques and handmade food products and accessories. Entry into the event is $5 at the door. Vendors can apply for a free market space by emailing email@example.com. Vendors must be market-ready with signage, a website, social media presence, and food must be prepared in an inspected commercial kitchen. Location: 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/135260300328802
Knowing how to use knives skillfully is the foundation of all cooking. In this hands-on introductory class, you’ll start with a discussion of various styles of knives and when to use them, how to properly hold them for efficiency, speed and safety, proper storage, cleaning, and the differences between sharpening and honing. Learn how to slice, dice, and chop in the safest and most efficient manner. At the end of our class we will enjoy the fruits of our labor with a small meal from items we prepared in class. You will receive a free pairing knife and a recipe packet at the end of class. Location: Artisano's Oils & Spices, 1250 E. 86th St., Indianapolis. Information: artisanosoils.com
Demonstration class that celebrates the Irish. Chef Cathal Armstrong will prepare a four-course meal featuring some of Armstrong's favorite Irish fare, using recipes that he learned from his days growing up in Dublin. This meal will not be a traditional Irish meal but rather a dinner with Irish roots. This event will be offered with and without beer/wine pairings. When you sign up you will have the opportunity to sign up for either package.
Location: Artisano's Oils & Spices, 1250 E. 86th St., Indianapolis. Information: artisanosoils.com
More than 60 booths with antiques, vintage, collectibles, handmade, recycled, upcycled items. Select vendors from FarmersMarket.com will be on-site. Centerpoint Brewing will be serving craft beers and will also donate $1 for each pint sold to Indy Urban Flea's non-profit. Cosmic Chrome will be serving food. The Round-Ups will be playing music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: 6161 N. Hillside, Indianapolis. Information: Indy Urban Flea
Corks & Forks celebrates Indy's finest chefs alongside fine wines and local, craft beers. Join over 800 guests at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in support of Second Helpings' food rescue, hunger relief and culinary job training efforts. Earlybird tickets are currently available for $125 until Feb. 9. Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 632-2664
Join Chef Audrey Barron at Ezra’s Enlightened Café for a class on Next Level Dishes - using herbs and superfoods in your daily dishes and beverages to foster a robust immune system. Tickets: $35 per person. RSVP to (317) 255-3972. Location: 6516 Ferguson St., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 255-3972.
Drink in the name of Indy's trails and greenways. $1 from every beer sold supports the Indy Greenway Fund. T-shirts from Unbranded available featuring original art by Bart Leonard. Location: 414 Dorman St., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 635-2337
A daylong event exploring food topics is open to all. The collaborative event will be focused on cultivating connections across Northwest Indiana. Breakout sessions will have topics for community members, food producers, and community organizers. The Expo provides an opportunity to discover local farmers and food producers, organizations, and community projects. Location: 200 S. County Line Road, Hobart. Information: (219) 225-6565.
Sitting down to an assortment of dim sum in a bustling restaurant is the culmination of a weekend stroll through Chinatown. In this class, learn to prepare a variety of popular dim sum dishes, to impress family and friends. Learn to hand assemble wontons to create a variety of delicious dumplings including:
Steamed Pork Buns
Shrimp & Pork Shu Mai
Mini Egg Tarts
Location: Artisano's Oils & Spices, 1250 E. 86th St., Indianapolis. Information: artisanosoils.com