Indiana State Fair Dairy Bar & Sarah “The Cheese Lady” Kaufmann

The opening of the Indiana State Fair marks the return of one of its best-loved dining destinations: American Dairy Association Indiana’s famous State Fair Dairy Bar.

Dairy Bar

Get your favorite dairy treats

For decades, fairgoers have bellied up to the bar to grab their favorite Hoosier dairy delights: scrumptious grilled cheese sandwiches, rich and creamy signature milkshakes, thirst-quenching ice-cold milk, hand-dipped ice cream, and more!

New Featured grilled cheese and milkshake

Dairy Bar fans anxiously await announcement of its featured grilled cheese and milkshake each year. In 2022, patrons will feast on the Quick Quesadilla served with Indiana’s own Red Gold salsa, and cool those same tastebuds with the Mint Cookie Milkshake served with crumbled Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookies. A portion of every Mint Cookie Milkshake sold will benefit Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.



Free Kids Refills

A favorite Dairy Bar feature for moms visiting the fair: their youngsters’ sippy cups always are filled for free!

The State Fair Dairy Bar is located on Main Street opposite the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. It’s open daily during the fair’s run, from 9 am to 9 pm.

“The Cheese Lady” carves another masterpiece

And while you’re at the State Fair, be sure to stop by the Ag-Hort Building and watch internationally-renowned cheese carver Sarah Kaufmann – “The Cheese Lady” – create another masterpiece out of a ton of cheese from Crawfordsville’s Pace Dairy! This year’s work of art pays homage to the fair’s theme saluting Indiana’s automotive heritage. IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden’s image will be depicted in the carving – a nod to the dairy association’s long relationship with the Indianapolis 500 and the Victory Circle Bottle of Milk Tradition. Sarah will work from inside a cooler in the Ag-Hort Building daily during the early days of the fair. Official unveiling of the cheese masterpiece is set for Wednesday, August 10 at 12 noon. Newgarden will attend this public event.

*Feature Image photo credit to the Indianapolis Star

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