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My Best Bite at Dig IN

By Heather Tallman | August 9, 2013

Growing up I was not the most adventurous eater. Sure, I ate what my parents cooked and I rarely turned my nose up when served.

Fast forward to my adult years and I can count on one hand the things I have tried and absolutely never want to eat again. I also have a “Top 10 List” of foods that I simply don’t eat. But now that I am in charge of my own culinary destiny I eat what I want!

I can honestly say I have really had a huge variety of interesting, adventurous and unique foods in the last 10-15 years. I go to many food festivals and on many culinary travels. If you enjoy that kind of thing and like to have a ton of variety all in one place then Dig IN, A Taste of Indiana is for you!

Shockingly, one of my favorite bites, and I mean in the last few years at least, comes from an area of the cow that is not often associated with taste and flavor. That is my opinion of course.

The dish in question was the “tongue and cheek tacos” from Joseph Decuis of Roanoke, Ind. Not only did they prepare the most flavorful and moist beef for these tacos, but the slow roasted meat was dusted with the signature Java Nib rub from Best Boy and Co, also based in Roanoke. Old friends Chef Aaron Butts and Best Boy owner Wayne Shive collaborated on this recipe and to say it hit every note on my palate would be an understatement. It was definitely worth the short wait in line.

I can’t wait to try the mini Wagyu burgers with spicy tomato jam and bleu cheese mousse at their tent this year.

I recommend getting your tickets now and making plans to attend Indiana’s premiere farm-to-fork event on Sunday August 25 from 12-5 pm. I am proud to call many of the chefs coming to this year’s event close friends and I am excited to see what they have in store for us. I loved the layout and flow from last year not to mention the perfectly sunny day along the canal. It was about as perfect as a day can be!

From breweries to wineries, the best of Indiana will be on display in the scenic confines of White River State Park. Some of my favorites will be there from New Day Meadery to Sun King Brewing Co. I even sampled new brews last year that had not been released to the public, which was fun.

As if this is not enough, you can sample from dozens of Indiana Artisan foodists, refreshments from places like Nicey Treat (Squee!) and some of the Indy’s finest food trucks.

This is a great event if you want to see the best of the best that Indiana’s agricultural and farming scene has to offer. (See Indiana Family of Farmers for more information on Indiana’s agricultural legacy.)

Look for me at Dig IN. I will be floating around, tweeting and Instagramming between bites and sips. Y

Heather Tallman is the host of Kitchen Sink Radio on Toginet Radio, food blogger & creator of BasilMomma.com , freelance writer and traveler. Follow her on Twitter at @Basilmomma and on Instagram at @BasilmommaHT.