As a parent of four kids, the oldest being almost 11 years old, I can hardly remember what life was like before kids. I have no idea what I did with all the free time I had then. I really don’t even remember what we used to do when we weren’t working. It’s crazy how you just forget what your life used to be like.
I do remember two big changes to our daily life once Alaina was born though: starting to eat at our dining room table and thinking about what we were eating and where it was coming from.
I’ve always been much better at taking care of my kids than myself when it comes to nutrition. From the moment I find out I’m pregnant, I switch into “mom mode” and my nutrition knowledge somehow comes out from under the rug and from that point on, I’m really good at keeping my kids eating balanced meals because to me, loving them is more than giving hugs and kisses. It’s taking care of their bodies too.
But eating balanced meals has become only one part of what’s important to me in what we put in our bodies. Now I want to know where my food is coming from and that it’s as local as possible for our meat and fresh foods.
So I’m super excited about another great Indy event happening in the month of August: Dig IN, A Taste of Indiana. The fourth-annual event, presented by Indiana’s Family of Farmers (IFOF) with premier sponsor Central Indiana Community Foundation, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 25 from noon-5pm at White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis. Dozens of Indiana chefs, brewers, vintners and food artisans will gather in the park to celebrate all that Indiana agriculture has to offer. Dig IN will feature tastings of Indiana food, beer, wine and other local refreshments plus live entertainment, discussion panels and cooking demonstrations. Combining the freshness of farmer’s markets and Indiana’s greatest food minds, Dig IN promises a feast for the senses.
Dig IN isn’t only about the food and those who cook it though (which is why I love this so much). As important, it’s about the local ingredients and the families who grow them. Dig IN attendees will have the opportunity to meet and are encouraged to talk with a wide variety of Indiana farmers at the event while enjoying delicious dishes made from protein raised on their farms.
Food: More than 35 of Indiana’s finest chefs will prepare a unique dish based on fresh produce and meat and poultry from Indiana farms. Attendees will be able to interact directly with the chefs and some of the producers while dining on tastings. Come hungry and fill up on the nearly three dozens offerings available at the park. Sweets from Just Rennie’s Cookie Company, Circle City Sweets and Nicey Treat as well as some vegetarian options will be available.
Beverages: Dig IN has partnered with the Indiana Wine Grape Council and the Brewers of Indiana Guild to provide Indiana-made wines and beers. More than 20 wineries and breweries are on tap, as is Bjava Coffee & Tea with a signature iced coffee and Natural Born Juicers with a special Dig IN juice. Beverages will be available for taste and purchase.
Entertainment & Speakers: Enjoy a wide range of music from local bands that will be playing in three areas around the park. Demonstrations will include cooking classes on a large stage and smaller stations featuring ongoing education throughout the day. Look for topics such as Indiana barbecue, canning and food preservation, and other ways to savor the bounty of Indiana’s agriculture. Indiana experts will be on hand to discuss nutrition and the latest concepts on the local food scene.
IFOF wants you to come to Dig IN to meet, talk with and learn more about the Hoosier farmers who are responsible for our most local of foods. So they are letting me give away two tickets to this event! To enter, simply visit Dig IN’s website (here) and leave a comment below telling me whose goodies you are most excited about tasting at the festival.
Want to increase your chances of winning? You can earn up to 2 more entries by:
- Sharing this post on Facebook. Come back to this post and leave another comment telling me you did so with a link to your personal Facebook page.
- Following me on Twitter (@katieunscripted) and tweeting about this giveaway. Something like this: “Enter to win 2 tickets to @DigIndiana from @katieunscripted thanks to @FamilyofFarmers. http://wp.me/p2QiXQ-gd”. Again, come back and leave another comment telling me that you tweeted with a link to the tweet.
Details: The contest is open through Wednesday, August 14th. The winner will be chosen and contacted via email on Thursday, August 15th (so please make sure your email address is included in at least one of your comments below so I can reach you). The winner will have 24 hours to reply or another winner will be chosen. No exceptions.
If you don’t win tickets, you can still go! Buy tickets here – tickets are $40 (or you can grab early entry tickets for $60 and get in at 11am. All children 4 and under are FREE and kids 5-10 years old are only $10.
Disclosure: As an IFOF Ambassador, I received two tickets to attend Dig IN and two tickets for this giveaway.This is a sponsored post. Though, as always, all thoughts and opinions are completely mine.