Summer Events In Lafayette

Even though the semester is coming to an end, if you’re staying in the Lafayette area this summer there’s actually a lot of events going on that could be worth checking out.

1. Mosey Down Main Street: May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9 & August 30

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Even though it is mainly a music and arts event, Mosey Down Main Street also offers food and drink vendors. It is “a series of street celebrations brought to you by the local artistic community. Volunteers, downtown business owners, artists and musicians come together once a month from May through September to offer a free family friendly event that takes place right down the center of Main Street. That means if you miss the event one month, there’s still other opportunities to attend.

2. Taste of Tippecanoe: June 21, 4 pm-Midnight

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This food festival has multiple stages of live music, food booths by local restaurants, fireworks, and beer and wine gardens. Basically, a food lovers dream. The event also raises funds for the Tippecanoe Arts Federation.

3. OUTfest

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OUTfest is Lafayette’s gay pride celebration. In addition to increasing awareness of the LGBTA community, OUTfest has live bands and DJs, food trucks, a beer garden, dancing and a drag show. There is an entry fee, but the festival is a fundraiser for Pride Lafayette, which is the only LGBTA Community Center in Indiana. You can follow them on Twitter, @OUTfestLafIN for news.

4. Beers Across the Wabash: August 23, 1-5 pm; $35

SONY DSCParty on the John. T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge while tasting an assortment of ales and Lagers from over 30 Indiana breweries. You can purchase a VIP ticket to get early admission to the festival as well as complimentary food and beer pairings. Obviously, no one under 21 is permitted inside the festival.

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Preview: Lafayette Farmer’s Market

With the weather getting nicer and the month of May fast approaching, it’s finally nice enough to spend time outdoors and discover all that Lafayette has to offer. One of my favorite things is to visit the historic Lafayette Farmer’s Market. It has been around for over 165 years with an interesting history and is just a short distance from campus. Visiting a farmer’s market is the perfect way to get the freshest produce and support the local community.

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On Saturdays, from early May through late October, the air in downtown Lafayette is filled with the smell of fresh garden flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies.

What: Lafayette Farmer’s Market

Where: 5th Street, between Main & Columbia Street

When: Saturdays, 7:30 am to 12:30 pm

There is also a smaller farmer’s market that takes place on the Memorial Mall every Thursday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. It is the perfect place to stop for lunch on campus and support the local vendors. There is different produce offered throughout the summer; you can view the calendar here.

Preview: Sunday Brunch At Three Sisters Cafe

I, like many people I know, don’t really care for Sundays. I guess it’s more of a love/hate relationship. It’s still technically the weekend but the impending doom of Monday looms like a dark cloud. However, there is one thing that makes Sunday wonderful. That something is the Sunday brunch. Brunch is a magical combination of breakfast and lunch that allows you to sleep in but also eat bacon and eggs for lunch and drink mimosas at noon.

There are brunch places popping up everywhere, but tomorrow I’m planning on brunching at 3 Sisters Cafe in Broadripple. It’s a bit of a drive from Lafayette but is the perfect way to end a weekend. Three Sisters describes itself as having Indianapolis’ finest breakfast and vegetarian meals for over 15 years, is located right in historic downtown Broadripple and has a homey and eclectic feel to it.

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The restaurant was featured on The Food Network and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. On Sundays they offer a variety of brunch specials that are worth checking out, especially if you are an avid bruncher. I highly recommend the build your own omelette.

If you do plan on venturing to Three Sisters, it’s important to get there early and get your name in. It’s quite a popular spot and fills up quickly. If you are in the mood to brunch but don’t want to leave campus, Lafayette also has some great brunch spots.

Spend St. Patrick’s Day With 9 Irish Brothers

Spring Break is upon us and St. Patrick’s Day is just a few days away. If you’re planning on staying around campus during break, there’s still a lot of ways to entertain yourself over break, and what better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day than at 9 Irish Brothers Pub? They’re hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with good food and good music.

Annie Kuo, a senior in Mass Communications, says 9 Irish is her favorite restaurant because of its upbeat atmosphere. “Be sure to try the fish & chips, they’re my favorite dish!”

So if you don’t have any plans, stop by 9 Irish Brothers for some fish & chips, Irish car bombs and listen to a great lineup of music.

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What: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Where: 9 Irish Brothers, West Lafayette

When: Friday, March 17, 11 a.m. until close

Lineup: 12 p.m. Traveler’s Dream

3 p.m. Reilly

7 p.m. Brendan Loughrey

Preview: Enjoy The Taste of Eating Right

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The Purdue Recreational Sports Center offers free wellness programs to students and faculty to promote personal well-being and a healthy Purdue community. Many of these programs involve a healthier approach to our diets.

Did you know that taste is the main reason why one food is purchased over another?  The foods people enjoy are likely the ones they eat most!  This year’s key message for National Nutrition Month will focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines recommendations.

What: Wellness workshop that will focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals

When: Tuesday, March 11, 7-8 p.m.

Where: Purdue Recreational Sports Center Wellness Conference Room

Cost: Free, no registration required

Demonstration Kitchen At The Purdue Recreational Sports Center

Demo Kitchen Schedule Spring 2014

Are you looking for a way to improve your diet but aren’t quite sure where to start? The Demonstration Kitchen at the Purdue Co-Rec is an easy way to learn about healthy eating without ever having to leave campus. From raw-vegan classes to international cuisines, these demonstrations are perfect for anyone who loves to cook or is interested in learning to make healthy and delicious meals.

The next demonstration, called Decadent Desserts, will be held on Thursday, February 13th from 7-8 p.m. It will be taught by PUSH Registered Dietician, Michelle Singleton, and will teach you how to make healthy and indulgent desserts without using too much sugar or fat. The cost is only $10 and, since pre-registration is required, you should sign up at the Member Services desk in the Recreational Sports Center. You can also register by calling 765-494-3110. Not sure where to go? The kitchen is located in the Wellness Suite on the second floor of the Recreational Sports Center.

While I’ve already signed up for Decadent Desserts and will be live-tweeting the event, if you aren’t able to attend this Thursday and still want to improve your culinary skills, you can see the complete schedule as well as class descriptions for Spring 2014 here. All classes last about one hour and provide samples for you to taste.

Photo credit: Purdue RecSports website