Foodstock is back!

Meals on wheels are the way of the future! Fort Wayne’s food trucks are not your stereotypical truck turning out sketchy mystery meat. Instead, they are delivering mouthwatering fare of all kinds for Fort Wayne residents and visitors alike to enjoy. If you haven’t tried all the different trucks yet, don’t panic! Foodstock 2014 is your opportunity to sample them!

All day Saturday, July 26, from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. the food trucks will be parked at One Summit Square in downtown Fort Wayne. Grab something for lunch, then find a spot to enjoy the live music. For the 21+ crowd there will also be beer gardens as well to enjoy with your food truck fare. You won’t want to miss this once a season gathering.

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Check out our comprehensive list of the food trucks and start planning your meals.

  • Jumby’s Joint is serving up some traditional American food. The menu vaires from day to day but features burgers, hot dogs, cold cut sandwiches, pork, and more!
  • For some of the best authentic Italian Ice in the city, hit up Wise Guys Ice. It makes a great addition to any meal and is the perfect summertime snack! Try one of their unique flavors, or get your favorite traditional flavor. 
  • PizzaBomba is delivering gourmet pizza that you won’t believe is from a food truck until you see it! This New York style pizza is sure to satisfy and leave you wanting to come back for more.
  • Using seasonal produce and locally supplied meats, Spicer’s Food Truck is turning out some of the best burgers in town. Their menu changes daily, but you can always be sure to find fresh burgers on the list.
  • Craving Italian? Look no further than Rig-a-Tony’s Italian Food Truck. Dishing out breakfast, pastas, sandwiches, and more, this is a food truck you won’t want to miss!
  • For a little taste of New Orleans, check out Ragin’ Cajun. This truck is serving up some true Bayou fare with unique seafood recipes that won’t disappoint! 
  • Sol Kitchen is delivering some great and unique taco recipes with fresh ingredients and international flare. Their ever-evolving menu features a variety of foods from different nations and promises to be good eats!
  • Grab something sweet at Whip and Chill. They offer ice cream cones, sundaes, floats, and Hawaiian Shave Ice. 
  • Grab some mouthwatering BBQ at Jimmy Ray’s bar-b-que truck. They are serving it up right here with all the favorite BBQ meats and a wide array of unique sides including the traditional baked beans and loaded potato skins. 
  • One of the locals’ favorites, Bravas Hot Dogs, turns out crazy good hot dog creations. Try the famous Patatas Bravas topped with brava sauce and garlic aioli for a special treat!
  • You won’t want to miss Affine, either. The menu changes slightly, but always features some mouthwatering tacos with locally sourced chicken, pork, or duck. Try one of the unique combinations and you won’t be disappointed!

Bring the whole family down to this annual event. Help to support the local food trucks, enjoy a fun afternoon, and maybe even check out some of the downtown sights while you are there! Foodstock 2014 is sure to be a great time with great food and fellowship!

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Fort Wayne Pride Fest back for its 18th year

Pride has been celebrated in Fort Wayne for decades, but the festival we know today was born in 1997. Since then, Pride Fest has grown in size and popularity. This year, there is even more to enjoy with a week of events! Pride Fest will host events from July 23 – July 28.

Stop by Snickerz Comedy Club on Wednesday night, July 23,  for Pride night. Headliner Kristen Key is sure to keep the audience in stitches. Best known for being a fan favorite on season four of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Key employs music, scripted comedy, and her spontaneous sense of humor to make each one of her shows unique and staggeringly funny. There will also be a silent auction taking place at the comedy show to benefit Fort Wayne Pride’s year-round youth programming.

Then, on Friday, July 25, the real festivities begin. The Kick-off party will start at 7:00 p.m. at Headwaters Park. Admission is just $3 and that earns you entrance to a night long concert, which includes performances by two local bands and a DJ dance party at the end of the night. There will also be food available, vendors’ booths, and a beer tent on site.

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Make sure not to party too hard, though, because the fun begins again bright and early Saturday, July 26.  Beginning at 11:30 a.m. the Pride March will take over the streets of downtown Fort Wayne. The march is open to people of all ages and is free to join; supporters will walk through the streets of downtown and end back at Headwaters in time for the beginning of the festival fun.

Saturday is the day you won’t want to miss. There will be vendors set up from noon – 6:00 p.m., a food and beer tent, a cornhole tournament from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., and a free KidSpace for children under 12 from noon – 5:00 p.m. The KidSpace will include games, prizes, a moonwalk, and crafts. There will be live entertainment all day with a little something for everyone. Check out some of the best local, regional, and national bands/singers. Saturday night will conclude with Fort Wayne’s finest drag show. Many people’s favorite part of the festival, this show is the largest in Fort Wayne and features some of the area’s best kings and queens. It promises to be a great show and a fun and memorable experience.

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The fun doesn’t stop there, either. Come out to the Fort Wayne TinCaps game on Monday, July 28, for Pride Night. Wear Red and look for the Pride section. You can even purchase your tickets during the festival the weekend before.

Come out to any or all of the Pride Fest activities and help to promote tolerance and equality. Check out Fort Wayne Pride’s webpage for more details about their other events and their organization.

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Yoga at the Barr Street Market

Yoga is said to have a number of healing benefits for both the mind and the body. Its popularity has been rising steadily over the last few years. From anxiety and arthritis to asthma and back pain, yoga has helped a lot of people move onto the path of healing. Now one studio in Fort Wayne aims to make that healing power available to everyone.

Fort Wayne’s Pranayoga Institue  will be hosting a series of no-cost, outside classes, All Levels Yoga at the Barr St. Market. Whether you are an experienced yogi or just want to see if yoga is for you, this event promises to be a great time. From 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Pranayoga will offer a Vinyasa class. The event is free, but donations are welcome and will benefit the Pranayoga Foundation.

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Dani McGuire

Fort Wayne native, Dani McGuire founded the Pranayoga Foundation in 2009 in order to bring yoga therapy to those with cancer and chronic pain. “We began with just one free class per week and private yoga therapy sessions, donated by myself, to people who couldn’t afford yoga because of expensive medical bills and treatments that come along with cancer and chronic illness,” said McGuire. The Foundation now offers free classes three times a week as well as a Monday evening class at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and three classes on Tuesdays at the Little Red Door Cancer Agency in Indianapolis.

The Pranayoga Institute, which has two locations here in town -downtown and Illinois road Southwest- was founded in 2010 to help fund the Foundation and provide a space to train others in their holistic approach to yoga, wellness, and yoga therapy. The Institute offers a variety of different classes for all interests and skill levels. “There are so many differences between yoga classes, teachers, and styles, which is why now that doctors are recommending yoga, we have to be careful to educate individuals on what is going to be best for them,” McGuire shared. ” There is adaptive yoga which takes place in a chair, and heated power yoga which is a  serious workout, and everything in between. It is best to call first and talk with one of our support managers or join the Yoga 101 classes we developed to find out what is best for you.”

The free Saturday class at the Barr Street Market will be a Vinyasa class. McGuire elaborates, “Vinyasa means to ‘place with purpose’ but in our culture those are usually the faster paced classes that link breath with movement and give people the ‘runners high.’” She assures that since Pranayoga focuses on the holistic approach, teachers are great at suggesting modifications and meeting students where they are.

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“The outdoor classes help spread awareness of yoga, health, and our wonderfully supportive community,” said McGuire. Pranayoga is excited to be partnering with YLNI for the outdoor Barr St. Market classes this year. The All Levels Yoga at Barr St. Market promises to be a great expereince. All you need is a mat and smile, says McGuire. As far as what to expect at the class, McGuire says, “Some laughs, maybe more of a challenge then [you] thought from yoga, and community fun!”

All Levels Yoga at the Barr Street Market will be offered from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. July 12, August 9, and September 13. The classes will take place rain or shine and will move into the History Center if weather requires. So come out and enjoy the healing benefits of yoga with the community for an experience to remember!

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Dive into One of Fort Wayne’s Public Pools

Summer is upon us in Fort Wayne, and with it comes the sticky, drippy heat of the season. Not that I’m complaining after the winter we just had! If you’re lucky enough to have a pool of your own to jump into, great! But if you’re like most of us, and you’re looking for some place to take the family for an afternoon of splish-splashing fun, take heart. Grab your beach towels, goggles, coolers and kids (don’t forget the sunscreen!) and head out to one of Fort Wayne’s public pools.

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Northside Pool

Northside Pool is located behind Northside High School at 705 E. State Blvd. and Parnell Ave. This is where my family usually goes. We started going there years ago when my kids took their first swimming lessons there. The pool is located inside Bob Arnold Northside Park, across from the playground. There’s a pool on one side with fountains and water toys for kids under seven, two really cool water slides and a spacious pool for bigger kids and adults.

Northside Pool is open daily:
12:30p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays:
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm

Adult Swims and water aerobics:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Admission
Ages 2 and under: Free
Ages 2-17: $3.50 Afternoon;$1.50 Evening
Ages 17 and over: $4.50 Afternoon; $2.00 Evening

Insider ‘s Tip: Northside has plenty of umbrellas, but does not offer lounge chairs. If you don’t want to lie on your towel, bring your own chair.

 

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McMillen Pool has great slides!

McMillen Pool

McMillen Pool is on the city’s southeast side at 3900 Hessen Cassel and Oxford. It’s located inside McMillen Park, where you can also find a playground, driving range and really nice golf course. This pool is known for its water slides and bonus for swimming early in the season: heated water!

The pool is open daily:
1:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Admission
Ages 2 and under: Free
Ages 2-17: $2.25
Ages 17 and over: $2.75

Insider’s Tip: Kids ages 8 – 18 can take swimming lessons FOR FREE at McMillen Pool from June 11 through July 25 as a part of the Lifetime Sports Academy.

 

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Memorial Pool

Memorial Pool

Memorial Pool is located east of downtown on Washington Blvd and Maumee Ave., with access off of Glasgow. It’s a part of Memorial Park, which is dedicated to the men and women of Fort Wayne who lost their lives in World War I. In addition to baseball diamonds and basketball courts, the park has many beautiful monuments and sculptures.

The pool is open daily:
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Adult Swims:
Saturdays and Sundays
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Admission
Ages 2 and under: Free
Ages 2-17: $2.25
Ages 17 and over: $2.25

Insider’s Tip: After your swim, take the kids through the park to see the monument to Fort Wayne resident Art Smith. Mr. Smith, an aviation pioneer, was the originator of skywriting, and Smith Field Airport is named in his honor.

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Buckner Park Splash Pad

Area Splash Pads

Don’t want to go the pool, but still want to some relief from the heat? Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation operates seven splash pads throughout the city.

Open daily:
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Admission
Free

  • Buckner Park – 6114 Bass Road
  • McCormick Park – 2300 Raymond & Holly
  • Memorial Park – 2301 Maumee & Glasgow
  • Robert E. Meyers Park (When Parkview Field doesn’t have a scheduled event.) – Inside North Gate of Parkview Field on Jefferson Blvd.
  • Shoaff Park – 6401 St. Joe Rd.
  • Kreager Park (Taylor’s Dream) – 7225 North River Road
  • Waynedale Park – 2900 Koons & Elzey

Insider’s Tip: Two additional splash pads to try are Headwaters Park downtown and Lutheran Park and Gardens just south of downtown on Fairfield Avenue.

 

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Jury Pool in New Haven

Bonus Pool! Though not technically in Fort Wayne, I have to give a shout out to Jury Pool in New Haven. This pool is operated by the city of New Haven Parks & Recreation and is definitely worth the fifteen-minute drive if you’re out that way.

 

As you can see, there are plenty of places for cooling off and some good old-fashioned water shenanigans in the Fort. Pick your location and have a blast!

Wendy Sack

About

Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

Beat the heat with Fort Wayne’s indoor activities

The thermostat says 90 degrees. Spending any significant amount of time outside is such heat doesn’t sound like much fun. What to do? Luckily, for you, Fort Wayne offers many activities and attractions to beat the heat, and kill boredom to boot. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Get artsy: Wine and Canvas is a mobile business that brings the party to your favorite venues, corporate events or living room! they even have a local studio, now open in Covington Plaza! And of course, wine is a part of the experience and creative process. Artists instruct customers with step-by-step instructions through re-creating the featured painting of the day. At the end of the event you get to take home a work of art that you’ve created! The price is $35. Make sure to check their calendar for venue details. Bisque It Pottery Painting Studio is another great way to channel your inner artist. From vases to figures to piggy banks, they have it all! Items range from functional to just plain fun. The studio fee is $5 for the first piece and$3 for each additional one. (The studio fee is in addition to the price of the piece of pottery.)  Be sure to check out their various classes. Note: The piece can take seven to ten days to be fired, depending on the current demand. You might need to make arrangements for pick-up. Artlink offers various classes and workshops for children and adults.  The workshops have various skill levels from novice to advanced.  Figure drawing sessions with nude model are offered Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30 pm. The sessions are open to all serious artists over 18 for a nominal fee of $3 an hour. Visit their classes & workshop page to learn more.
  • Get down: Are you an aspiring musician? The Sweetwater Academy of Music is the go-to for music instruction.So, what can visitors expect? They offer “a complete musical learning experience.” That means lessons and classes for guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, voice, and recording. Whether you’re just starting out or taking your skills to the next level, staff can match you with the right instructor for your playing style, personality, and creative goals.
  • Get some exercise: Kids have a lot of energy to burn off. Why not take them to a place where they can let loose  Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is huge arena is filled with a variety of walled trampoline courts.

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    Dive deep into your family history today at the Downtown Library!

  • Get educated: The Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center is the largest public genealogy collection in the country and boasts a collection of more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 items of microfilm and microfiche. Visitors to the department also have access to major online databases that can be costly to individuals. Family records can literally be at your fingertips in a matter of minutes! Why no discover your roots today?

About

Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website: www.lcagg.com.