This year's Chautauqua will feature a new category in the juried show - food.

Three Indiana Artisan food producers plan to display and sell their unique packaged products during the event, Chautauqua organizer Georgie Kelly said. Event organizers discussed the addition of something fresh to the show and chose to include the artisan foods category in the show this year.

"We just thought this was something we could add," Kelly said. "Food products can be a craft."

Chautauqua organizers selected Indiana Artisan food businesses 240sweet, Newfangled Confections and Simply Divine Bakery to participate in the event because of their high-quality packaged products, Kelly said. Each of the small businesses from Indiana features handmade creations that aren't mass produced.

"They fit the qualifications," she said of the businesses. "These items aren't sold in bulk."

This year, the three businesses in the new food category will be located at Elm and First streets near the east side of the Lanier Mansion. The area provides a shaded area for the artisans since no electricity is provided to keep the candy creations chilled during the event, Kelly said.

Kelly hopes the food category expands in the future to become like the other juried arts and crafts categories at the event, but organizers chose to start with a small group for the first year.

"We're testing the waters so to speak," she said.

Originally published Sept. 26, 2013, as part of The Madison Courier's annual Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art special section.