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Indiana's largest presentation of food, cookware and gadgets, food artisans, craft breweries, wineries, restaurants and purveyors all under one roof! Guests can taste, try sample & buy their way through the expansive 75,000 square foot show floor with over 200 exhibiting companies. Nearly 20 live demonstrations on 2 different performance stages by world-renowned celebrity chefs and culinary professionals will have guests cooking, entertaining and enjoying themselves like never before.

Fantastic Food Fest will take place in the Champions Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds which is located at 1202 East 38 th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205.

Volunteers are needed to help at Fantastic Food Fest in a variety of areas.

Please continue to check our site as we will be adding more information and details about volunteering shortly.

However, if you are eager to volunteer (thank you!), please send an email to Leslie Swathwood leslie@circlecityexpos.com with your name, phone number, and email address. She will get back to you with the volunteer opportunities that are available.

For information on becoming an exhibitor or regarding sponsor opportunities contact: Jason Swathwood at 317-708-4401 or jason@circlecityexpos.com.

There are plenty of convenient, secured parking spaces at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Handicap parking is available as well. Parking is $5.00 per standard sized vehicle per day.

Please park as directed by the employees of the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and be sure to follow all posted signage regarding the various No Parking Zones throughout the grounds of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Fantastic Food Fest is not and cannot be held responsible for anyone attending the event who parks in a No Parking Zone.

FANTASTIC FOOD FEST EVENT HOURS

  • Saturday, January 21, 2017: 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
  • Sunday, January 22, 2017: 11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Tickets are available online, or at the door.

Each General Admission ticket ($15/each online for one day tickets or $25/each online for two day tickets) purchase includes:

  • All Day Admission into the show. The show opens at 10:00AM on Saturday and 11:00AM on Sunday!
  • Access To ALL Celebrity & Local Chef Demonstrations
  • The Market Place Show Floor
  • Both Demo Stages
  • Celebrity Autograph Pavilion & Bookstore
  • Beer, Wine and Spirits Pavilion (Must be 21 & over to enter this pavilion)
  • Official Fantastic Food Fest Program (While Supplies Last)
  • Complimentary package check
  • Much More!

Each VIP Ticket ($55/each online) purchase includes all of the General Admission benefits, plus:

  • V.I.P ticket holders receive admission for BOTH days of FANTASTIC FOOD FEST
  • All V.I.P ticket holders receive access to the V.I.P. lounge with comfortable seating, a live jazz band and ample tables to sit back, take a break and relax during the show.
  • All V.I.P. ticket holders receive access to a private food display in the V.I.P lounge
  • All V.I.P ticket holders receive access to a signature cocktail bar in the V.I.P. lounge which includes one complimentary beverage per VIP attendee.
  • All V.I.P. ticket holders receive a complimentary Fantastic Food Fest t-shirt.
  • All V.I.P. ticket holders receive reserved seating at the celebrity chef presentations.
  • All V.I.P. ticket holders receive complimentary coat check.
  • All V.I.P. ticket holders receive complimentary package check.
  • All V.I.P. ticket holders receive preferred VIP seating at all other seminars and demos throughout the day.

VIP Tickets are limited, so be sure to buy yours today!

Note: Kids 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Note : Event tickets DO NOT guarantee autograph(s). Performance schedules are subject to change.

Autographs are first-come, first-served while time permits in the Autograph Pavilion. Celebrities will greet as many guests as possible; however, due to demand and performance schedule time constraints, everyone in line may not be accommodated during each session.

Note : Purchasing tickets to Fantastic Food Fest DOES NOT guarantee an autograph.

A designated area for those guests 21 and over is available to sample and/or purchase beer, wine and spirits.

Guests must be 21 or older to participate and adhere to all State of Indiana Liquor Laws (valid ID required at time of ticket redemption).

A designated area for those guests 21 and over is available to sample and/or purchase beer, wine and spirits.

Guests must be 21 or older to participate and adhere to all State of Indiana Liquor Laws (valid ID required at time of ticket redemption).

Tickets are available onsite at the door or at conveniently located kiosks within Fantastic Food Fest. Sampling tickets start at $1 each. Sampling food items for purchase are priced between $1 and $7 each.

The Indiana State Fairgrounds is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building. Designated smoking areas are located outside the venue. Smoking is also defined to include any and all electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

Cooking class schedules for adults and for kids are listed online and registration for the classes should be done online as well. Cooking classes do have limited space availability, so be sure to sign up early before they are full. Cooking classes cost $25 per person, per class and the class registrant must also have either a General Admission Ticket or a VIP Ticket to Fantastic Food Fest in order to take a cooking class.