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Dig IN is the chance for over 35 of Indiana’s best chefs, over 20 wineries and breweries, and countless artisans to showcase their craft to thousands in the heart of downtown Indianapolis on the grounds of the beautiful White River State Park.

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This was my second time attending Dig In, and it was every bit as good, if not better than the first.  I was lucky enough to get an early admission pass, and was able to sample many of the day’s offerings with little to no wait.  I actually could not get through my entire Passport, and regret that I was not able to get to every single vendor. I actually found something I liked about all the foods I tasted.  So many excellent choices it is really hard to pick a favorite.

 I must first discuss Scratch Truck’s Bourbon Braised Brisket, topped with a Peach and Bourbon Glaze, and served with housemade Caraway pickles. To break it down a bit more: they used Spring Mill’s Bourbon, Triton’s Dead-Eye Stout, and Fischer Farms Brisket. This was one of my absolute favorites of the day.  Also-I must add that the portions they were doling out were HUGE.  If you were lucky enough to have hit them up before about 3pm because I actually was back in that section later and noticed they ran out.

My first time at Scratch truck and will definitely not be my last.  Will be looking for them again for sure!

Scratch Truck Bourbon Braised Brisket:

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Spring Mill Bourbon that was used in The Brisket.

I also really loved One World Catering’s-(Bloomington) Moroccan Lamb Meatballs With Muhammara Sauce.  So great I used one of my “Bonus Tastes” for this one:

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The Chefs Academy’s Lamb Reuben was Amazing!!

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Mini Wagyu Burger

By the time I got around to Joseph Decius the line encountered was pretty long, due to word of mouth and a write up in the Indystar for the ones to hit. His Mini Wagyu Burgers with spicy tomato jam and bleu cheese mousse were 100% worth the wait.

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Northside Social’s Pancetta & Chicken Salad Bib Wrap and went really well with New Day Meadery’s South Cider

Spice Box had a really good Chicken Kofta Ball. Great curry favor and it is nice to know they know the correct balance of spiciness without being overly salted.  I love curry and this did not disappoint!

Duos had a really great soup actually Chanterelle Vegetable Bisque, which I would have enjoyed even more had it not been a 90 degree day with 70% humidity.

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Beer Break

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Dig-IN Attendees

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Dig in Attendees

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Napolese had a really great Focaccia Caprese Sandwich-and the portions were also rather large-almost a meal in itself, and made me contemplate wrapping it up and hoarding it away for later: 

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Napolese Focaccia Caprese Sandwich

As a far as beverages, I was a regular at The New Day Meadery Tent, which had their South Cider on tap. Super refreshing on such a hot day! Local Breweries were on hand offering their ales, as well as many wineries, including Oliver.

Also Bee’s Coffee Roasters had my favorite drink of the non-alcoholic variety-The Plum Buzz Coffee Soda wins on creativity and imaginative use of Anderson Orchard Plums and Upland Brewery’s Bay Leaf and Malt Vinegar extracts. They are located on Capitol Ave, just off Georgia St. Go there now.  Hopefully this is a regular item on the menu.

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The fine folks behind Circle City Soups and Sweets!!

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I met so many great people from out of town as well as locals, and ran into many familiar faces from around town.  On the way out we ran into some volunteers and we took a moment to thank them for their hard work and smiling faces. It really was such a great day and I lament that it is over, and am already looking forward to next year!

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Thank you Dig IN Volunteers!!

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Cheers!

~Deborah

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