On January 21 and 22, the Fantastic Food Fest returns to the Indiana State Fairgrounds bigger and better than the first year. This family friendly event will include opportunities for people to learn about health food in a new way. Nearly 10,000 people attending this event in the inaugural year 2016.

“Indy is on a hot simmer, with a national reputation as a great food town,” said Leslie Swathwood, co-producer of the Fantastic Food Fest with her husband, Jason. “The success of the first event showed that people love having access to all these vendors, classes and food celebrities under one roof.”

Indiana Grown is the presenting sponsor again this year. The efforts of this event are to focus on the fact that it is Indiana’s largest presentation of food, cookware and gadgets, food artisans, craft breweries, wineries, restaurants and purveyors all under one roof. Guests can taste, try sample & buy their way through the expansive 75,000 square foot show floor with over 200 exhibiting companies. Nearly 20 live demonstrations on 2 different performance stages by world-renowned celebrity chefs and culinary professionals will have guests cooking, entertaining and enjoying themselves like never before.

Who will be some of the featured celebrities?

Alex Guarnaschelli, judge on the Food Network’s Chopped and other shows

Loreal Gavin(“The Butcher Babe”), veteran of numerous Food Network shows

Chef Tanorria Askew(Master Chef competitor), in a head-to-head cook-off with:

Dave Smiley, host of the Smiley Morning Show on WZPL 99.5 FM

Steven Oakley, owner of Oakleys Bistro in Indianapolis

What highlights can you look forward to?

Food samplings; tastings of beer, wine and spirits.

Cooking classes for kids and adults*.

Demonstrations by national, regional and local chefs.

Hundreds of vendors showing everything from food products to kitchen implements and gifts.

SUNDAY ONLY: Bloody Mary bar, where adults can create their own custom beverage.

Loreal Gavin (“The Butcher Babe”), veteran of numerous Food Network shows.: Loreal Gavin (“The Butcher Babe”), veteran of numerous Food Network shows.

Online tickets are availablefor a discounted rate or tickets purchased at the door will be: $20 for 1 day tickets; $30 for 2 day tickets; $60 for VIP tickets (subject to availability). *Cooking classes tickets need to be purchased.

For more information on this event visit FantasticFoodFest.com.

Best Boy & Co., an Indiana Grown Member who sells Mustard, BBQ Sauce and other condiments.: Best Boy & Co., an Indiana Grown Member who sells Mustard, BBQ Sauce and other condiments.

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