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Fantastic Food Fest at Indiana State Fairgrounds

Fantastic Food Fest will be a culinary celebration from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 16 and 17 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, featuring hundreds of food exhibitors, cooking demos, tastings, workshops, book signings and appearances by TV food personalities and other celebrities.

The event offers over 30 live demonstrations by both local and celebrity chefs, with samples, tips and recipes. Celebrity chef appearances include Ted Allen, host of the Food Network series Chopped; Hugh Acheson, award-winning cookbook author; and local chef Loreal Gavin, also known as the “Butcher Babe”.

Attendees can expect to taste and buy foods from over 200 fine food exhibitors, wineries and breweries. The event will include a Grand Tasting Pavilion, a Farmers’ Market and a Foodie Marketplace. Food exhibitors include kitchen design, oil and vinegars, one-step meals, appliances, culinary schools and cookbooks.

Cooking class topics available for attending will include Basic Knife Skills, Kid’s Cooking, Sushi Making Classes, Japanese Cooking and Classic Sauces.

The event is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees including chefs, food lovers and families.

General admission: $15; two-day admission: $25. Cooking class registration is available online for $25 per class. Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. For more information, visit

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