Powered by than more 5 score of collective experience, the staff members at Great Fermentations share their technical know-how with the public through classes and an intimate knowledge of the store's merchandise. Beginner-friendly beer and wine courses teach fundamentals of tasty beverage creation, overviewing the process, ingredients, sanitation, and how to do a proper keg stand. A huge selection of beer and wine making supplies makes it easy for alumni to go forth and prosper with all the appropriate equipment and ingredients. Great Fermentations also stocks provisions for creating homemade sodas, wines, and a variety of cheeses.
A car comes to life with a blanket of animatronic fish. An engineer pours a computer casing from liquid resin. Pedal-powered creations fly across a stretch of asphalt. Rather than let the processes of invention and tinkering stay confined to basements and workshops, the annual Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire, powered by TekVenture, thrusts them into Headwaters Park for a family-friendly outdoor event. Up to 100 "makers"—artists, scientists, and tinkerers who invent, experiment, and create—showcase their crafts through live demonstrations and hands-on interactive experiences. These displays cover the spectrum of technology, using materials ranging from wood and fabric to electronics. Beyond the exhibits, the annual event features engineering challenges, live sets from local musicians, and stunt-filled BMX demonstrations. Locally produced food is also available for purchase.
The skilled folks in the Wool Craft Union, a fair-trade organization, hand-make Sküüzi's mittenesque beverage holders from cozy Merino sheep wool. A functional garment originally designed in the Land of Fire and Ice, the Sküüzi cradles a chilled can of soda, bottle of beer, or jar of fermented shark meat while warmly wrapping the wearer's drinking appendage in a stylish knit sleeve. Available online only in heather gray or light brown, this clever cup holder keeps both right and left paws toasty at bonfires, tailgating parties, or camping trips inside walk-in refrigerators.
In an interior that blends the aura of a club with that of a good friend?s living room, minimalist geometric paintings reminiscent of Rothko?s work hang alongside classical portraiture on the walls. Beneath the swaths of color, patrons direct their own tasting experiences with self-serve Enomatic machines, which draw from dozens of bottles to dispense servings of 1?6 ounces of red or white wines. More than 30 domestic and international wines star on the wine list, from sweet rieslings to cabernet sauvignons to the deep red of a rebellious bull?s Camaro. Sharable plates, including baked brie with apricot compote and flatbreads topped with steak and Stilton blue cheese, fuel conversation.
Jonah's Market gives customers access to a savory universe of top-quality seafood, steaks, ready-made meals, specialty groceries, and much more. Snatch up delicacies such as fresh Chilean sea bass ($24.99/lb.) or herbed steamed shrimp ($22.99/lb.) without worrying about checked-bag fees associated with importing each succulent scallop and jet-lagged lobster. At-home gourmands can also explore the bounty of the surf's natural enemy, turf, with protein treats such as hand-cut filet mignon ($27.99/lb.), which can be found among an array of steaks, chops, roasts, and ribs. Those looking to suppress midday appetite riots can opt to order from Jonah's takeout lunch menu. The midday lineup is divided into sandwiches, such as the crab-cake-laden Crabby Patty ($8.95), or salads such as The Jonah, which sports a mélange of cranberries, mandarin oranges, balsamic vinaigrette, and a choice of grilled shrimp, chicken, or salmon ($8.95). A variety of frozen, hard-to-find specialty meats are also available, providing a number of succulent gift ideas for the carnivore that has everything.
Bringing together craftspeople from across the state, Indiana Artisan showcases many of the Midwest's finest artists, brewers, chefs, weavers, and other artisans in yearly marketplaces. In the fall, vendors help guests get a jump on the winter season with handmade items that make great gifts for friends and samples of food that make great gifts for stomachs. The annual marketplace graces the Indiana State Fairgrounds, filling the Expo Hall with the wares of gentle beekeepers, talented potters, and jewelry-making jewelers, among other artists.