Edible Events: Summer 2017
We feature an eclectic selection of local food and farming events by season. To make submissions please email Info@EdibleGrandeTraverse.com.
NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL
Weeklong schedule of food, parades, music and fun in celebration of cherries; includes daily tours at the NW Michigan Horticultural Research Station. July 1–8, Traverse City
231-947-4230 • CherryFestival.org
COOKING FRESH CLASS
Free cooking classes during Grow Benzie Farmers’ Markets. Mondays through Aug.
28, Grow Benzie • GrowBenzie.org
SARA HARDY FARMERS’ MARKET BRUNCH
Taste the Local Difference hosts local food brunches at the market’s temporary home during Cherry Festival. Salt2Sugar and Planetary Coffee provide food and drinks; first 100 shoppers receive a $5 market coupon. July 1, 5 and 8, 7:30 AM–NOON, Old Town Parking Deck at Union and 8th St.
WINE ON THE WATER FESTIVAL
Tastes from local wineries, distilleries and breweries, food from area restaurants, art by local vendors and live music. July 15, 1–7 PM, Marina Park in Suttons Bay
CITY OF RIESLING
Global wine celebration of the “Best White Wine on Earth” with Bar of 100 Rieslings party on Sunday night and tasting sessions on Monday.
July 23–24, Traverse City
UNIQUE SPECIALTY FRUITS
Learn about uncommon fruit crops (currants, gooseberries, etc.) and emerging commercial fruits such as saskatoon, honeyberry and hardy kiwi. July 27, 6–8 PM, North Central Michigan College in Petoskey • 231-348-6705
ESTABLISHING AND CARING FOR CHESTNUT TREES
Learn about pest/disease control, how to choose the best variety, information about harvesting and marketing tips. Aug. 8, 6–9 PM, Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station, Traverse City
COUNTY AND AGRICULTURAL FAIRS
Meet your neighbors, eat fair food and enjoy our local agronomic wonders!
Kalkaska County Fair, July 25–29, Kalkaska (KalkaskaCountyFairOnline.com)
Antrim County Fair, Aug 10–12, Bellaire (AntrimCountyFair.com)
Cheboygan County Fair, Aug 5–12, Cheboygan (CheboyganFair.com)
Northwestern Michigan Fair, Aug 6–12, Traverse City (NorthwesternMichiganFair.net)
Northern District Fair, Aug 14–19, Cadillac (NorthernDistrictFair.org)
Otsego County Fair, Aug 12–19, Gaylord (OtsegoCountyFairgrounds.org)
Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair, Aug 22–27, Petoskey (EmmetChxfair.org)
Manistee County Fair, Aug 22–26,Onekama (ManisteeCountyFair.org)
SUMMER MICROBREW AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Craft beer, local food and live music; ages 21+ only. Aug 11–12, Village at Grand Traverse Commons • TCBeerFest.com
NATIONAL COHO SALMON FESTIVAL
Community festival, parade, crafts, beer tent, music, tours of the state fish hatchery. Aug 25–27, Honor 800-882-5801 • VisitBenzie.com
HARVEST STOMPEDE & WINE TOUR
Run, walk or watch the race, then enjoy wine and local food at 23 wineries on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail; register online. Sept 9–10, Suttons Bay and all around Leelanau Peninsula
LEELANAU HARVEST TOUR
Pedal through scenic Leelanau County; four different routes with local food specialties at the rest stops; proceeds benefit the TART Trails. Early registration recommended. Sept 16, starts and ends at Suttons Bay High School