[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The infamous Indianapolis 500 is an adored pastime in Indiana history, celebrating its 98th running this year at the end of May. Racing fans near and far will be packing up their folding chairs, coolers and six-packs to celebrate this annual event, both at the track and in backyards across the country. But the question is, will YOUR Indy 500 party food be up to par? When it comes to food for sporting events, the name of the game is portability. Ease and style must unite for racing fans to celebrate this event successfully, and you want to make sure your Indy 500 party has just the right “track snacks” for your guests no matter where you’re celebrating.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Race Party Food Idea #1: Mini Me

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]When it comes to food for summer sporting events, the staple is, of course, the burger. But who is going to walk around with a huge, messy burger in both hands while celebrating? The answer: no one at your party. To accommodate a culinary pastime at your Indy 500 celebration, opt instead for mini burgers! Guests are able to comfortably hold one in a single hand, leaving the other open for a beverage or celebratory high fives! To make these convenient treats even more portable, utilize the ever-handy Mason jar to contain and move the sandwiches. Try utilizing muffin tin liners per each burger to separate them and keep them sanitary.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Race Party Food Idea #2: Come One, Come All

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Craving a different kind of sandwich? Provide easy and delicious snacks to your guests with a group sandwich! This pull-apart trend satisfies everyone at your race party, and is extremely easy to make: simply take a loaf of bread, slice it evenly throughout the entire loaf, enough slices to match your guests (use multiple loaves if necessary), insert a slice of cheese and sandwich meat (whatever tickles your fancy – turkey, ham, salami, etc.) into each crevice, and bake until golden brown. Each of your party guests can simply grab and pull off a slice of delicious open-face sandwich to enjoy during the race festivities. Easy and yummy, like many of the other available recipes and ideas in Snappening’s “Tailgating Ideas ” Pinterest board.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Race Party Food Idea #3: Gimme Something Sweet to Eat

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]To finish off the main course, try something sweet to end the meal. Mini donuts are sweet, savory, and most important of all – portable. Not to mention that they can double as car tires! Tell your guests to enjoy these “spare tires” before they wash it all down with Indy 500 beverages.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Race Party Food Idea #4: Hydration Station

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]For those hot summer days on the track and under the sun, make sure to bring lots of bottled water for your party guests to “refuel.” The star of the show, however, just might be your Indy 500 specialty DIY cocktail . This milk-based drink symbolizes the long-lived tradition of racing and the winners of this beloved event. Placed in (you guessed it) Mason jars for portability, this “Smoke N’ Milk” cocktail is easy to mix, and the perfect thematic beverage to complete your Indy 500 party.

Smoke N’ Milk Cocktail Recipe
  1. Fill a shaker 1/2 way with ice.
  2. Add 1 oz Drambuie
  3. Add 1/2 oz Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch
  4. Shake until the metal shaker is frosted.
  5. Add 1 oz milk
  6. Swirl to chill thoroughly
  7. Pour into Mason jar.
  8. Add 1 dash Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters
  9. Garnish with an orange twist (optional).

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Need an event planner to help you pull off your Indy 500 party? We have a list just for the occasion. Share your guests’ reaction to your Indy 500 party snacks by sharing them with us on Facebook and Twitter! Share your successful racing culinary creations onInstagram and tag @Snappening! And don’t forget to check out our “Tailgating Ideas” Pinterest board for more ideas for your sporting event party needs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]