Downtown Indy turning into food mecca for first ever Monumental Marketplace

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Starting at 7 o’clock Friday morning, Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis will begin transforming into a food mecca for the first-ever Monumental Marketplace.

Vendors will then spend the next three hours setting up and getting ready for the event to start at 10 a.m.

Monumental Marketplace is put on by Indiana Grown – which is part of the state agriculture program to boost sales and awareness of products made in the state of Indiana.

The organization says the state is home to 57,500 farms which makes it the tenth-largest farming state in the nation.

While Hoosiers are estimated to spend $16 billion a year on food, less than 10% of that actually is actually spent on Indiana products.

The program boasts more than 800 members and nearly 100 of them will be taking part in Friday’s event, hoping to drum up awareness of what Hoosiers can find within the state.

Monumental Marketplace will offer everything from food, chocolate, candy, coffee, desserts, wine, whiskey, spices, soaps, plants, and even perfume and cologne.

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