It's not everyday you get to experience some of the tastes, sights and sounds of Fort Wayne's restaurant and arts scene. This is what you can expect August 23 at the 6th annual 2014 Taste of the Arts at the Arts United Center. This free festival downtown is suited for all ages, and provides an opportunity for the community to sample the different kinds of fine art, dance, theatre, music and more that Northeast Indiana has to offer. Come hungry for food and entertainment. Here's what you can look forward to, in a nutshell:
Fare from 30+ restaurants: Craving pizza? How about hot dogs? Or cupcakes? Chances are at least one vendor will have something to suit your taste. Insider's Note: We recommend not eating lunch before so you have room to sample and not feel stuffed.
Art Fair: This is my favorite part. Fort Wayne has a wealth of talented artists, and this event underlines that. You can find everything from handmade jewelry, to pottery, to oil paintings. Insider's Note: A lot of vendors accept card payments, but it's never a bad idea to have plenty of cash on hand. I also appreciate the fact that most of the art is affordable. You're sure to find a souvenir to take home, without spending a small fortune.
Arts activities: Local arts organizations will be present, to educate and entertain the public. For example, theFort Wayne History Center will offer a portable jail for "selfies."
Live entertainment: Think bands, dancers and actors. Most acts perform on the hour, so be sure to check out the schedule.
And now for the best part? Proceeds from this event go directly toward Arts United’s Art Education Grants to advance the local arts scene. Admission is free, however food and beverage tickets are required to purchase food. For more information, visit the Taste of the Arts website or Visit Fort Wayne.
Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. (Go Flyers!) The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys working out, thrifting and volunteering.