Those interested or involved in Indiana’s thriving culinary and agritourism industries are encouraged to attend one of the six Regional Stakeholder meetings, hosted by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) this month.
"Our state has built a solid reputation on agritourism and culinary tourism,” said Mark Newman, IOTD’s executive director. “To illustrate, travelers spent over $3 billion in Indiana restaurants in 2015, part of a record year for traveler spending in Indiana. Research shows that 30 percent of travelers choose destinations based on activities related to local food and drink.”
These meetings will include an overview and update on ISDA’s and IOTD’s recently unveiled culinary and agritourism strategy, which is a collaborative effort by these two agencies designed to bring value to Indiana’s culinary and agritourism destinations. Attendees will take part in discussion about challenges facing the industry today. They will also talk about the development of tools and resources to aid operators going forward.
“Agritourism and culinary tourism are growing in popularity in Indiana; Hoosiers are eager for more experiences on the farm, and farmers are looking to tell their story in a fun, engaging way,” said Ted McKinney, ISDA director. “What better way to showcase the diversity of Indiana agriculture and teach how the industry works, than on the farm or agribusiness.”
To register for one of the meetings below, please click here. Since space is limited, additional information will be sent with the registration confirmation. Registration deadlines are two (2) days prior to the scheduled meeting.
|July 20||Hamilton County||2–4 p.m.|
|July 21||South Bend||10 a.m. – 12 p.m.|
|July 21||Lafayette||2–4 p.m.|
|July 24||Muncie||2–4 p.m.|
|July 25||Columbus||9–11 a.m.|
|July 25||French Lick||2–4 p.m.|
Agritourism includes U-Pick, fall activities, farm markets, farm tours, Christmas tree farms, wineries, breweries, and other activities that bring the general public to the farm for agricultural activities.