By Scott Blanton | July 19, 2012

Who doesn’t love a good marshmallow? Or some fresh maple syrup? In the Hoosier state, food artisans are coming up with some great new recipes for some old fashioned foods, and they’re making those treats we all loved as kids. While many think of tenderloins or sweet corn when they think of the Hoosier state, we also should think about noodles, chocolates, and popcorn because local Hoosier artisans artfully make these delicious products.

Foodists—people who artfully craft their work—from around Indiana are using their time to produce foods that are enjoyable and, in some cases, nostalgic. As part of Indiana Artisan, these foodists are part in an initiative that promotes their exceptional handmade work.

The Indiana Artisan brand is made up of the work of nearly 250 artisans in 58 counties across the state. In 2010, the Indiana General Assembly passed a resolution that made Indiana Artisan the state’s official organization to review, recognize and promote the work of Indiana’s highest quality art and food artisans. The non-profit organization works with participants, retailers and communities to showcase and sell products in stores and on trails all over the state.

Having her work recently selected to be part of Indiana Artisan, Carrie Abbott of Frittle Candy says, “It’s an extreme honor to be a part of this organization as it recognizes entrepreneurs from all over the state. Over the past couple of months, opportunities have come to me via Indiana Artisan that have truly connected me to the state, expanding what I call community.”

Dig IN will feature several food producers whose work is part of Indiana Artisan. You will find great examples of nostalgic foods that might just take you back to your childhood. Abbott will be there with her Frittle candy, and you also will be able to find marshmallows from Columbus, chocolates from Shelbyville, homemade noodles from little Lynn, Indiana, and much more!

If you are interested in learning more about Indiana Artisan or the people involved, then purchase your ticket to DIG IN today!