The Indiana Foodways Alliance has created nearly 20 food trails in and around Indiana, specialty journeys focused on the sweet and savory coming from Indiana today. IndianaFoodways.com highlights the options, from trails called Sweet Temptations; Soup, Salad & Sandwich; Savor the Flavor; Hoosier Pie; Homegrown; Here Fishy Fishy and more. Dedicated to the celebration, promotion and preservation of the authentic food culture of Indiana, the IFA is a membership organization of inquisitive eaters, good cooks, culinary historians, chefs, food journalists, restaurateurs, culinary tourists, artisans and manufacturers. Its membership encompasses the spectrum from agriculture to fine dining, with emphasis on all the specialty foods, farm markets, diners and hands-on restaurants in between that are so dear to the hearts of Midwesterners who love real food.
A line from Back Home Again in Indiana, “When I think about the moonlight on the Wabash, then I long for my Indiana home,” describes the feeling travelers have for the Rivers and Roads Artisan Trail. Longing to travel along Indiana’s most storied waterway? This West Central Indiana trail includes Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo counties. From the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival to the Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery to exhibits of work by university students, a strong local arts community flows throughout West Central Indiana and areas along the Wabash River.
By Hoosier Hands is a collection of four very different tours throughout the rolling hills and river towns of scenic Southeast Indiana. You’ll meet craftspeople, fine artists, winemakers, and specialty food makers while visiting small towns, farms, galleries, studios, markets, wineries, and retail shops. These four Artisan Trails are packed with fabulous finds for art lovers, foodies and road trippers. All of them, the Cliffs & Valley Trail, Canal & Rivers Trail, Towers & Spires Trail, and the Forests & Farms Trail include places to stay, unique dining and historic sites. By Hoosier Hands is your guide to a tapestry of exceptional Southeastern Indiana artisans.
Switzerland County Tourism / Vevay, Indiana is hosting the “ARTISAN TOUR of Switzerland County” May 3 and 4. Visit studios and sites to find quilts, weavings, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, and stained glass. Along the tour you’ll also find some of Southern Indiana’s best photography, woodworking, handmade baskets, assemblage and artful reuse. Just like at this weekend’s Marketplace, watch artisans demonstrate their craft, enjoy displays of their work and take home a piece, if you like. You’ll enjoy scenic drives in Switzerland County, and the historic river town of Vevay, along the Ohio River. Maps are available at the Visitor’s Center and with participating Artisans.