Bonjour, Indy!

My French food dreams came true last Saturday. A spontaneous trip to a Meridian-Kessler French Festival turned into a lovely day with friends.

Kelly, Ari, Julia and I at the St. Joan of Arc French Festival in Indianapolis. 

Kelly, Ari, Julia and I at the St. Joan of Arc French Festival in Indianapolis. 

Out of all the time-wasting portions of Facebook, stumbling across local events is the most satisfying. While procrastinating a philosophy paper last week, I noticed that St. Joan of Arc had a French food festival. It was as if the event organizers had entered into my ideal Saturday dreams. 

A group assembled and we drove to Indy Saturday morning. As we walked into the churchyard where the festival was being held, rosemary and leek wafted through the air. Vendors selling berets and artisan goods lined the streets. We wandered past tables of chatting friends enjoying pastries and the gypsy swing performed by a local band. After waiting in line and savoring the rich, zest of French cuisine, we compiled a list of our picks.

Here's what we ate:

-Ratatouille with herb garlic bread (fresh and zesty) 

- Proscuitto and leek quiche (creamy and tangy) 

- Tart Flambee (thin and flavorful) 

- Beignets (powdered sugar went everywhere )

- Cheesecake (rich, fudgy and amazing)

- Chocolate Mousse (light and sweet) 

We finished the afternoon in Broad Ripple where we visited Broad Ripple Vintage and Holcomb Gardens. Below are a few moments from the day: