Taste Of Tippecanoe 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

In our area, one of the biggest festivals of the summer is the Taste of Tippecanoe. The Taste, as it's known locally, is the main fundraiser for the Tippecanoe Arts Foundation, which not only helps provide art education and art organization funding in Tippecanoe County, but in many other Indiana counties as well. It's an evening where local restaurants come out, and you use tickets (purchased at the festival) to purchase various food items. They have three different stages set up for local bands to play (I believe there were 19 this year), and they put on a FANTASTIC fireworks display (like seriously, maybe the best I've ever seen, and I LOVE fireworks).

Last year was the first year that Tom and I had gone, but this year, it was even more fun, because we went with some of our good friends. Unfortunately, the only pictures I really got from the evening were of my best friend's kids, because it was just so congested that taking pictures was kind of pointless. Last year, we weren't able to get there until about 10:30 PM, and that was after a rain storm, so the crowds were considerably lighter then; even so, we still had a blast this year!

What I tried:


  • A Triple M from the Emergency Munchie Truck. The EMT truck is one of my absolute favorite places to get something to eat around town, and I became a devoted fan of the Triple M during last year's Taste. It's essentially a grilled cheese sandwich, but instead of American cheese between a couple of slices of bread, it's muenster, cheddar cheese spread, and macaroni and cheese between two waffles. Basically, it's a mouthgasm. I also love that they change up their menu to take advantage of seasonal ingredients, and they try to use locally grown foods when possible. The rest of my party was inspired to try the EMT: Tom got their pretzel breadstick with beer cheese (which he LOVED), our friend Chris got a Triple M (which he really enjoyed), and our friend Beth got a Triple B (black bean burger, blue cheese, and buffalo sauce between waffles).
photo from www.facebook.com/EMTfoodtruck
  • Peanut butter fudge from Kathy's Kandies. Though there are a few awesome candy stores in town, we generally go to Kathy's. Tom has been friends with her son since before we even met, and everyone there is always so nice and friendly (not to mention that all of the wonderful treats they have are DELICIOUS). Peanut butter fudge is my favorite kind of fudge, and when I saw it was only one ticket, I was sold. It didn't disappoint.
  • Blackberry wheat beer from Thr3e Wise Men Brewery (which is actually in Indianapolis, but you can get their beer in West Lafayette at Scotty's Brewhouse). I'm not a beer drinker, but I was intrigued by the idea of a blackberry beer. My friend Chris wanted to try some beer too, so the two of us headed over to the beer garden together. He decided to try the same beer, and we both determined that it was actually kind of good. 
  • Cranberry Harvest wine from Wildcat Creek Winery. I think I may have tried this one before (my friend Katie and I went to a tasting at the winery last fall), but I wasn't sure, but either way, it sounded good. Chris got the Peter's Mill White, which is dry. I'm not a fan of dry wines, and he didn't like his too much either, but we both liked mine.
photo from www.facebook.com/WildcatCreekWinery
  • Wedding cake/tiger's blood snowcone from Kona Ice. It's not quite my beloved Sno Castle, but it's the second best snowcone I've had ever.
photo from www.facebook.com/KonaIceOfTippecanoeCounty
  • Baklava from Egyptian Cafe. Baklava is pretty much my favorite dessert (well, other than cheesecake), and this was great baklava. It was DRENCHED in honey though, so it made a bit of a mess.
The fireworks were even better this year than they were last year (though the musical selections were a bit odd), and I thought they were phenomenal last year. They even had some cool ones that made corkscrews that I had never seen before. It was a great night out, and a great way to give back to the community a bit. If you're in the Greater Lafayette area, I highly recommend that you check out next year's Taste!

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