A celebration of Hoosier cuisine at Dig-IN 

click to enlarge The authors of "Home Grown Indiana" will be at Dig-IN.
  • The authors of "Home Grown Indiana" will be at Dig-IN.

Food and drink aren’t the only things on the menu at this Sunday’s Dig-IN event at White River State Park. Leaders from the Indiana food community will be on hand to speak about a cornucopia of culinary topics.

Scott Hutcheson, economic development expert at Purdue, and Christine Barbour, IU professor and co-director of Slow Food Bloomington, will be at Dig-IN to discuss Home Grown Indiana, their heavily researched guide to the best sources of local food in Indiana.

“It’s easy to associate places like New York City with the foods it made famous,” Hutcheson says. “But aside from tenderloin sandwiches and sugar cream pie, neither Hoosiers nor the rest of the world has paid attention to foods that are truly part of Indiana culture. That has begun to change as more and more people are regaining an appreciation of what we can produce from our rich Indiana soils.”

Home Grown Indiana highlights the efforts of farmers and producers throughout the state, such as Medora-based Burton’s Maplewood Farm, a producer of 100% pure maple syrup that’s used by top chefs in Chicago, as well as Capriole Farms, a purveyor of award-winning goat cheese in Greenville.

Hutcheson cautions Hoosiers against taking their state’s natural resources for granted.

“We should all consider a longer term view as we make decisions about our economy, our environment and social equity,” he says. “Whether we are growing food, building new buildings or enacting public policies, we need to ask ourselves not only, is this good for us, but also, will this be good for our children and grandchildren?”

Dig-IN kicks off at noon and ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28. Hutcheson and Barbour are scheduled to speak at 12:30 p.m. See Neil Charles' feature on Dig-IN.

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