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Indiana Humanities Council encourages Hoosiers to Share Food Stories at Indiana State Fair

The great thing about the Indiana State Fair is that it’s a chance to celebrate Indiana’s cultural roots: food. You can see the best cows, pigs, sheep, and goats raised by 4-H kids. The best pies, pickles, honey, and vegetables grown by full-scale and back yard farmers.

So it makes sense that the Indiana Humanities Council is celebrating our food heritage too. They are hosting their Food for Thought traveling exhibit, and are willing to talk to visitors about food, learn what’s on their plate, and think about how food influences their culture. Fair goers can visit the Food for Thought exhibit, explore the Recipe trail, and even read winning entries in the storytelling contest.

According to the press release Kristen Wells sent me,

Food for Thought is a statewide, two-year program that examines food and its role in Hoosiers’ lives and culture. The Council is a statewide nonprofit organization that promotes the humanities and engages Indiana’s community of minds. Food For Thought is presented by Indiana’s Family of Farmers – a coalition of agriculture commodity groups.

“There’s probably no better place to talk about how food influences our lives and culture than the Indiana State Fair,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of the Indiana Humanities Council.

The Food for Thought exhibit will be at the State Fair Aug. 6-22 in the FFA Pavilion on the north side of the fairgrounds. Other activities the IHC has organized include:

  • The “story silo,” a mini-recording studio in the shape of a silo. Here, anyone can record a brief food story or memory that will become a permanent legacy of the program.
  • Food for Thought Recipe Trail by Indiana’s Family of Farmers. Everyone who collects recipe cards from all eight locations on the Recipe Trail around the fairgrounds will win a prize for completing the trail (while supplies last) and register for daily and grand prizes that include hams and $500 in free groceries and tickets to see celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert on Sept. 30.
  • Stories entered in the first “Hoosier Storytelling Contest” will be on display in the Ellison Bakery Home & Family Arts Building.

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