First-time Indy Chicken & Beer Festival getting big response, organizers say

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A first-time downtown Indianapolis food festival featuring some of the city’s best-known restaurants and brewers is already nearly a sellout, organizers said this week.

The Indy Chicken & Beer Festival, scheduled for Sept. 25 on the grounds of The Pavilion at Pan Am, 201 S. Capitol Ave, has limited tickets left, said Bradley Houser, festival founder.

Houser, CEO of local food-information website and marketplace EatHere Indy, said capacity at the event is limited to 1,600 attendees, with 800 maximum in each of two sessions. The first session runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the second from 6 p.m. to 9 pm.

“The time is right for us to continue maximum support of our local restaurant community through the continued growth of EatHere by expanding our presence outside of the digital space through in real life events,” Houser said in a written statement. “Our team understands that now more than ever, Indianapolis’ restaurant scene needs authentic and engaging opportunities to connect/reconnect with passionate food lovers across the city that are looking to support restaurants or just try something new when it comes to food.”

Remaining tickets, priced at $30 and $40 each, are being sold via or the eventbrite website. Tickets will not be available at the door for the 21-and-old event.

A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit The Hospitality Relief Fund, which was created by the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association to help employees of the hospitality industry hurt by the pandemic.

Event food vendors include:
• Milktooth (w/Estaban Rosas)
• Beholder (by John Brooks)
• Fat Dan’s
• Bottleworks Hotel
• Turchetti’s Salumeria
• Shani’s Secret Chicken (by Chapati)
• Chicken Scratch by Chef Tia’s (new restaurant coming soon)
• Goodwood Brewing (new brewery/restaurant)
• Port of Peri Peri
• Blind Owl Brewery
• Pier 48
• City BBQ
• Taste of Innova Wings + Greens (located in 16 Tech)
• Huge Impact
• Public House
• Hollyhock Hill
• Paul’s Kitchen
• Super Sharks
• Nicey Treat
• Sharmaine’s Gourmet Corn
• Hot Potato Bar (new restaurant coming soon)

Brewers include:
• Goodwood Brewing Co. Indianapolis
• Ash & Elm Cider Co.
• Blind Owl Brewing
• Indiana City Brewing
• 450 North Brewing

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