The grounds of the Lew Wallace Study & Museum will be packed on Aug. 24 at the 13th annual TASTE! of Montgomery County
The grounds of the Lew Wallace Study & Museum will be packed on Aug. 24 at the 13th annual TASTE! of Montgomery County
If you enjoy good food, great drinks, and outstanding live music, the TASTE! of Montgomery County is just the event for you.
Put on by the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, the festival, now in its 13th year, is scheduled on the grounds of the Gen. Lew Wallace Study & Museum, Aug. 24 from noon to 10 p.m.
This year’s TASTE! will also have several new food vendors who have not previously been featured at the event. These include Bravo Fernandez, Francis & Mount, Pastries Plus, Warehouse Bakery and Wildfire348.
General Lew Wallace Study & Museum director Larry Paarlberg explained that this year’s set of food vendors represents a new level of diversity. “We’re actually very excited,” he said. “Because one of the comments we always get is people want to try different foods and so we brought in some vendors who hadn’t gotten this exposure before. And we’ve strived to be as diverse as possible in our food selection.”
On top of the outstanding food selection, a number of drink vendors will also be providing both alcoholic and soft drinks for TASTE! goers. The list of drink vendors includes Coal Creek Winery, Francis & Mount, the Lew Wallace Study Preservation Society and Sugar Creek Winery.
But one of the very best parts of the TASTE!, the live music, will also see some changes this year. Paarlberg explained, saying that, “We have five acts, three on the stage, but in between shows we’ve got music on the grounds, so they’ll kind of provide intermittent music. And again, that’s in response to attendees comments to us.”
Live acts on this year’s stage at TASTE! are Laughing Jack at 1 p.m., Maddie and the Roadies at 4:30 p.m. and Django Knight at 8 p.m. The two lawn acts are Jazz Elements at 3:15 p.m. and Nick Ivanovich, who performs at 6:45 p.m.
Beyond food, beyond drinks, beyond live music, TASTE! of Montgomery County also serves as the main fundraising event for the General Lew Wallace Museum & Study. Paarlberg talked about the significance of the event, saying, “This is our single largest event of the year and it’s really important to us.”
Tickets for TASTE! are $7 for adults at the gate and $5 presale, $3 for students, and children 6 and under get in free. Tickets can be purchased at the Carriage House of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. You can also purchase tickets to the event at the Montgomery County Visitors and Convention Bureau, Milligan’s Flowers & Gifts and Crawfordsville Parks & Recreation Community Center. Food tickets are $1 each and no food item is more than four tickets.