Thursday, August 16, 2012

New Name and New Direction

By Sarah the Intern
Professional chefs, farmers, and fairgoers are all flocking to the DuPont Food Pavilion this year.  Formerly the Pioneer Our Land Pavilion, the building traded out the cockroach races and neuter demonstrations for a kitchen stage perfect for professional cooking demonstrations and a market featuring Indiana Grown and Indiana Artisan products this year.
Every day from nine to nine the building is open for business and open for sampling.  The creators of the products included in the market (including Just Pop In gourmet popcorn, brandy infused maple syrup, flavored marshmallows, and many more!) as well as the Indiana Family of Farmers offer samples throughout the day.  The Family of Farmers booth is staffed by a different group each day and changes all the time. 

Purdue Extension is also having a ton of fun with To My Plate and Beyond- a totally free interactive exhibit that teaches nutrition lessons to all ages, and the cheese sculpture at the dairy booth is looking good so far!

The renovated pavilion offers food, fun, and a lot of information about our food from farm gate to plate.  Be sure to try the great food and visit us in the newest addition to the state fair!

1 comment:

Lana Wallpe said...

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed touring this building on Monday after our meeting with other Indy Mommy bloggers to tour the barns. Great Job Purdue Extension and Indiana Family of Farmers for all your improvements. This Real Farmwife of America and her family enjoyed the food and games and the learning that went with each experience!