For any food lover, Growing Places Indy is introducing the Indy Night Market, a festival-style event series that features local artists, creatives, food entrepreneurs, farmers, and chefs who contribute to the growth of a more equitable food system in Indianapolis.
Growing Places Indy has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the goal of raising $15,000 by April 30. If successful, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will provide a matching grant through its CreatINg Places program, a place-based crowdfunding grant program.
The Indy Night Market provides an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, creating a catalyst for community engagement, new job opportunities, and economic growth. This festival-style event hopes to encourage a stronger representation of different cultures and the global food scene in Indianapolis.
By creating a night market, Indy residents will get the unique opportunity to celebrate the diverse food scene in Indianapolis while contributing to the city’s food system and community well-being. With a food festival event series, community members will better understand the importance of accessing affordable fresh, local foods while appreciating historical scenes in Indianapolis.
The Indy Night Market strives to encourage Indiana visitors and residents to explore the historic areas of the city through a three-part, two-day series experience. The events will take place in different locations around Indianapolis.
The first night of the Indy Night Market will kick-off on the weekend of Juneteenth, from June 19-20, to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. In celebration, the Indy Night Market will highlight African American cuisine and culture through local Black artists, chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers, and restaurants. The second series will take place in August, and the third in November of next year.
Growing Places Indy is partnering with the Be Nimble Foundation, who are on a mission to enhance and create an equitable food system in the Indy community and foster local entrepreneurship. The Indy Night Market hopes to inspire Indianapolis residents to invest in the local food ecosystem and create a stronger and inclusive community.
Growing Places Indy is a nonprofit that empowers individuals to cultivate personal, family, and community wellness through urban agriculture, access to fresh local food, and mind-body education. For more information about Growing Places Indy, please visit www.growingplacesindy.com, or visit them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
If you would like to support the Indy Night Market, click here to donate. If you are a vendor and would like to apply, click here.