Indiana State Fair attendees are invited to follow the Food for Thought Recipe Trail presented by Indiana’s Family of Famers–and win! Collect recipe cards from all eight locations on the Recipe Trail around the Fair grounds, (maps will be available), bring them to the final destination–the Food for Thought traveling exhibit at the FFA Pavilion and win a prize for just completing the trail (while supplies last). Then, register for the daily and grand prizes.
In honor of the Year of Pigs theme at this year’s State Fair, the Recipe Trail will ham it up with daily ham giveaways. In addition, folks can register for three grand prizes of $500 in free groceries or sets of tickets to see celebrity chefs, Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain, live at Clowes Memorial Hall on Sept. 30. Grand prizes will be awarded at the end of the State Fair.
Recipe card locations:
1. Indiana Beef Council – Pioneer Our Land Pavilion
2. Indiana Pork Producers – Pioneer Our Land Pavilion
3. Indiana State Poultry Association -Pioneer Our Land Pavilion
4. Milk Promotion Services of Indiana – Pioneer Our Land Pavilion
5. Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) – Normandy Barn
6. Indiana Farm Bureau – Farm Bureau Building
7. Indiana Corn Marketing Council/ Indiana Soybean Alliance – Biofuels Mobile Learning Center
8. Indiana Humanities Council’s Food for Thought Exhibit – FFA Pavilion
“Food impacts all of our lives every day. The partnership with the Indiana Humanities Council for the Food for Thought display has allowed us to be part of new conversations and events,” said Joe Kelsay, Indiana agriculture director for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. “This has been a tremendous opportunity to share the perspective of Indiana farmers with consumers, talk directly through their personal experience and connect the dots between farms and the food that is grown in Indiana.”
The Food for Thought recipe cards will feature a recipe highlighting Indiana’s commodities such as pork, beef, poultry and dairy along with an Indiana wine pairing. On the flip side of the cards, State Fairgoers will meet a featured Indiana farmer and read a personal food story from their family.
“By taking our Food for Thought exhibit on the road to cities all over Indiana, we’ve engaged in great conversations with Hoosiers about the importance of food and agriculture to our state.” said Keira Amstutz, Indiana Humanities Council president and CEO. “We look forward to continuing the conversation with State Fairgoers about food culture, regional must-eats, family traditions and of course, Indiana’s Family of Farmers.”
Indiana’s Family of Farmers was formed in 2009, and is the presenting sponsor of Food for Thought. Its purpose is to bring awareness to consumers on how Indiana agriculture benefits every Hoosier, every day-from the quality of their food, to the quality of their life, to ensuring a sustainable future for all of us. The participating Indiana’s Family of Farmers groups include the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Pork Producers, Indiana Beef Council, Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, Indiana Sheep Association, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Indiana State Poultry Association, Indiana Horse Council, Indiana Wine Grape Council and Indiana Farm Bureau.