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Taste of Bloomington

Arts Fair in the Square
Arts Fair in the Square
Photo by Dee Schwerin

One of the best weekends in Bloomington, IN is back again! Food lovers from all over the Midwest will be coming together to enjoy this amazing food event, Taste of Bloomington. There are so many great restaurants to choose from in the area this event allows visitors explore dishes from some of the best restaurants in one place. In addition to the diverse amount of food available, there will be an incredible selection of wine and beers to choose from, as will as an excellent musical line up.

One of the best events of the summer.
Photo by Dee Schwerin

Food, Wine and Beer

The abundance of food options to try will bring out the foodie in anyone. Offering a variety of choices that even the choosiest of diners will find something they love. Several of the domestic options include Farm to Table, BBQ, Pub Grub, Cajun, and Pizza just to name a few, not to mention the many different international cuisines like Afghan, Irish, Indian, Greek, Mexican, and Mongolian.

Some of the recommended selections include BBQ Train with their amazing and flavorful pulled pork BBQ and dry rubbed ribs. FARMBloomington with their farm to table dishes, such as homemade fries with parmesan, red pepper flakes and garlic aioli for dipping, also the farm fresh gazpacho. Both are made with ingredients sourced from local farms. Make sure to stop by DATS for their taste of Cajun inspired dishes, such as bourbon chicken and caramelized corn and black beans that will make one want to return to their booth again and again. One of the must try dishes of this event is the Irish Lion’s Restaurant Blarney Puffballs which are deep fried balls of heaven. They are made with a mixture of potatoes, cheese and garlic and service with a side of sour cream. These are just a few of the many different amazing food selections that can be found, along with a variety of desserts. Such as the Chocolate Moose an iconic locally made ice cream, Joan’s Caramels, and the many other local gourmet baked goods.

In addition to the great food, this event will offer a wonderful selection of wine and beer that Indiana has to offer. Two of Indians own wineries will be on hand. Oliver Winery who is the oldest and largest winery in Indiana and has been growing grapes in the area since 1972. Oliver offers a large selection of wines from sweet to dry and they are sure to have a wine for everyone. Butler Winery will also be onsite tasting their wines made from grapes and other fruits. This winery has been around since 1984 and has over 20 different types of wines from dry to sweet. Beside wineries this event will be host to two local breweries Bloomington Brewing Company and Upland Brewing. Both will be offer a great selection of craft beers.


Taste of Bloomington has three lives stages offering up continues musical options through out the evening. Featured acts of the main stage will include Lexi and the Strangers who include some of the finest musicians from Bloomington. The White Lightning Boys who are a bluegrass band offering up high-energy traditional bluegrass music. The Vallures bringing in the sounds of sixties style Motown music, which will keep you singing and dancing all night long. Jake Dodds and the Stagecoach is a unique county college band as well as signing a variety of classic rock. To round out the evening will be the Clayton Anderson Band who hails from Indiana University. Clayton Anderson has shared the stages with some of the Academy of Country Music’s most famous stars.

If this is not enough to fill the music fix then check out the North Stage and the Bloomington Stage. The North Stage will offer a variety of cover bands singing 80’s music, hard rock, country and blues. Where the Bloomington stage will focus on a large selection of Jazz music. Make sure to check out many of the amazing acts that will be preforming.

Stay the Weekend
Take the weekend to make a couples or girlfriends getaway. As Bloomington has a variety of hotels, guest houses, resorts and bed and breakfast to meet anyone’s budget. One of the most beautiful places to stay is the Grant Street Inn located in the heart of Bloomington and with in walking distance of many different activities. The Inn is a historic 40-room bed and breakfast, each decorated with styles from Contemporary to cottage to Victorian.

Since Bloomington is home to Indiana University there is always something happening in town. Some activities include the Summer Arts Festival, several wonderful museums, Asian cultural center, monastery, wineries, breweries and many miles of great hiking and biking trials.

The must see and do’s while in town are the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, which is one of the best farmers markets around. Offering a great selection of fresh farm raised items for sale. In addition to the excellent selection of farm products there is a number of food vendors providing sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries, and some absolutely amazing tamales. These tamales are so good you will want to take several of them home. Even though Oliver Winery is doing a tasting at the Taste of Bloomington still take the time to visit the winery. The gardens and tasting room are so beautiful, it is well worth the trip out there and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon relaxing and tasting wines. Looking for something a little more retro! Make a stop at Starlite Drive-In, which has been around since 1955 offering up a wonderful drive-in experience. While in town take the time to drive out to the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center. This is a peaceful place to visit and learn about Tibetan culture.

During the same weekend Bloomington will be hosting the 34th annual Arts Fair on the Square. This fair features over 80 amazing national and regional artist offing a large selection of art including woodwork, photography, metal, painting, as well as many more options. This fair will also showcase a children’s art center where kids can find their inner artist. A demonstration area where visitors can learn many different forms of art, past demonstrations included wire wrapping, basket weaving casting and jewelry making. Lastly this event will have a variety of entertainment such as dancers, community band and Dark Side of Tribal.

With so many things to offer Bloomington, IN and the Taste of Bloomington on June 21st should be on everyone’s summer list.

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