Everyday Mom's Meals: It's Fair Time Again {Indiana Family of Farmers}

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It's Fair Time Again {Indiana Family of Farmers}

When the month of August rolls around in Indiana, for our family it means two things. One, the beginning of the school year is just around the corner (this one we try to ignore as long as possible) and two, it is time once again to venture 2 hours south to one of our favorite summer time events, The Indiana State Fair!

For two weeks, Hoosiers descend onto the fairgrounds in Indianapolis to enjoy great exhibits, fun activities and delicious food! It truly is a highlight of our summer; and some of our favorite things to enjoy at the fair are those sponsored by Indiana Family of Farmers.

Fair goers can follow the IFOF Recipe Trail  and help feed the hungry, plus receive a useful popcorn-shaped memento.

For each person who finishes the trail, IFOF partners with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry to donate one pound of food to food banks across the state. Recipe trail travelers donated more than 3,000 pounds of food last year. This year’s goal is 3,500 pounds, so 3,500 people need to go through the recipe trail to attain the goal.

Recipe card locations
  • Exposition Hall (Rose Acre Farms, booths 526 and 527, southwest side)
  • Ball State Ag/Hort Building (World’s Largest Popcorn Ball)
  • DuPont Food Pavilion (3 stops: Indiana Wine Grape Council, Indiana Dairy, Purdue)
  • Habitat for Humanity Ag House
  • Indiana Farm Bureau Building
  • Glass Barn
  • Normandy Barn
  • Pathway to Water Quality
Final stop/recipe redemption point: IFOF booth at DuPont food pavilion     

Participants collect recipe cards from the 10 locations around the fairgrounds and bring them to the IFoF booth at the DuPont Food Pavilion where they will receive their memento and get counted as a donor of a pound of food. The booth also features a chance to register for a daily popcorn giveaway and the grand prize of a chest freezer.

·        Start at any location and travel to the 10 destinations to collect recipe cards.
·        Visit the IFOF booth in the DuPont Food Pavilion with your recipes to be pick up your popcorn-shaped memento, be counted as a food donor and sign up for prizes.
·        Winners of the daily giveaway are selected by a random drawing at the close of each day of the fair.
·        One winner of the chest freezer will be selected by a random drawing on the last day of the fair.
·        Winners will be notified by email or phone.

The IFOF recipe cards feature recipes from real farmers around Indiana and highlight Indiana’s commodities such as pork, beef, poultry, soybeans, corn and dairy along with an Indiana wine pairing. On the reverse, you will meet the farmer and read a personal story from his or her family.  

Other IFOF Sponsored Fair Attractions:

Sponsor of World’s Largest Popcorn Ball
IFOF is the sponsor the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball, a 5,000-pound, 9-foot popcorn delicacy featured at the Ball State Ag/Horticulture Building.  This will also be a stop on the 2013 IFOF recipe trail. After the fair, the popcorn will be fed to Indiana livestock. *This is one Alex is looking forward to!!*

IFOF booth in DuPont Food Pavilion
For the second year in a row, the DuPont Food Pavilion will be a part of this year’s state fair. Along with hourly food demos on the Red Gold Kitchen the pavilion will also feature a retail store with more than 30 Indiana made specialty items available for purchase.

IFOF is proud to be part of the food pavilion all 17 days. Along with the recipe trail, different agricultural groups will be featured and providing samples at the IFOF booth.

Partnership with Habitat for Humanity
The Habitat home build on the state fairgrounds will be a stop on this year’s recipe trail. As part of our partnership, Indiana’s Family of Farmers will donate a freezer and meat donations to fill the freezer to the new homeowner. Thanks to the farmers around the state who grow our food and who generously gave back.

I am so proud to work with the IFOF because I believe in their message 100%: Indiana farmers grow the grains, produce and meat you eat every day. We believe that quality farming means quality food that is good for you, your family and the environment. Food for your family, from our family.


IFOF is giving away (1) 4 pack of State Fair Tickets to (1) Lucky EMM Fan. 

It's easy to enter. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite attraction at the fair. One winner will be chosen randomly. 

Contest Ends: Monday Aug. 5, 2013 12 am EST


rlluebcke said...

My favorite fair event is eating a grilled cheese and having a chocolate milkshake from the dairy bar. There is nothing better!

~Carly said...

I absolutely love the horse barn! I could spend a whole day there :)

c3 said...

Of everything out there (and there's SO much!), I think my favorite has to be the 4H buildings at the NW corner of the Faigrounds. Those kids do some amazing things. I most enjoy the sewing, the woodworking, and the cake decorating, although the photography, art, and rockets are fun, too!

Bret Tirey said...

I always love visiting the DuPont building and getting new recipes each year.

Unknown said...

We love to go to the barns and see all the great animals. Then tasting some great food is a must!