Pure Michigan Blossom and Mushroom Events

With the arrival of spring, it’s time to enjoy blossom and mushroom season.  How better to celebrate the coming of spring than attending a Pure Michigan Event.

Blossomtime Festival, Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, April 25-May 1, 2010

Since 1906, the southwest corner of Michigan has heralded spring with the Blessing of the Blossoms and a multi-community celebration of the local agricultural heritage and its orchards, vineyards and farms. The spectacular Grand Floral Parade features flower-bedecked floats that travel between the neighboring cities of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor.

Tulip Time Festival
May 1-8, 2010

This springtime celebration of the area’s Dutch heritage and culture is more than 80 years old, and features over six million blooming tulips and multiple parades, concerts, Dutch Marktplaats, wooden-shoed dancers, traditional street scrubbers, food and crafts, entertainment, carnival rides and kiddie activities.

51st Mesick Mushroom Festival, Mesick, May 7-9, 2010

The “Mushroom Capital of the U.S.” celebrates the morel mushroom with a carnival, sports competitions, entertainment, and Grand Parade.

Morel Mushroom Festival, Lewiston, May 8, 2010

Search for the elusive morel on a guided mushroom hunt, sample the delicacy at a mushroom tasting, browse the arts & crafts show, and enjoy the Mother’s Day Poetry Contest.

50th National Morel Mushroom Festival, Boyne City, May 13-16, 2010

This fun-filled festival is the ultimate signal that spring is here….Carnival, Mushroom Hunting, Cooking Demonstrations and lots of Morels! Come share in the fun and bring your appetite. Find out why for 50 years this has been a favorite springtime event for locals and visitors alike.

Blossom Days
Traverse City, May 15-16, 2010

Welcome spring as the cherry blossoms bloom on a self-guided tour to sample unreleased wines at the 7 Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula.

52nd Jackson County Rose Festival
Jackson, June 5-6, 2010

The Jackson County Rose Festival celebrates with the annual Rose Parade and family events in the Jackson community. The parade starts at 1pm in downtown Jackson and the Party in the Park immediately follows at Ella Sharp Park on Fourth St. Activities include a chicken BBQ, family style entertainment, kids activities, Ella Sharp Museum activities, the Softball Tournament of Roses and more. 

61st Annual Lilac, Festival Mackinac Island, June 11-20, 2010

Fragrant signs of the season are the reason for walking tours, talks, athletic, Dog and Pony events and one of the largest all-hitch parades in the nation.

Michigan Wine Month is Officially Upon Us!

Governor Granholm has declared April Michigan Wine Month, and the opportunities to take part in wine related activities during the next few weeks are endless.

If you have the opportunity to do so, start your Michigan Wine Month off with a visit to any one of the 71 wineries – 7 more to be added by the end of the year – located throughout the state. If you aren’t able to make it to one of the wineries, there are still plenty of wine related activities to partake in around the Metro Detroit area.

Visit Michigan Wineries

Many of the wineries kicked off their season the first weekend in April and are beginning to offer tastings of their 2009 releases.  Visit the Pure Michigan site for a full list of all the wineries and a list of Michigan wine trails. I visit the wineries around the Traverse City area on a yearly basis – a relaxing weekend of wine tasting, beautiful views, and great food is a great way to welcome in Spring and say goodbye to Winter.

Wine Expo

This weekend, the Michigan Wine Expo kicks off. For wine novices who want to sip their way into the world of wine tasting, check out the Wine Tasting 101 seminar, while winos can skip the seminars and focus on the 300+ different wines being poured. I’ll be stopping by the Wine Expo on Friday, so be sure to say hi if you’re there!

Detroit Restaurant Week

On top of it being Michigan Wine Month, Detroit is holding its second Detroit Restaurant Week during the week of April 16-25, 2010 – for a fixed price of $27, diners can enjoy a three course meal at any one of the 17 DRW restaurants. Participating restaurants including The Whitney, Andiamo, Atlas Global Bistro, and Coach Insignia proudly serve a variety of Michigan wines; if you stop by one of the restaurants that hasn’t yet included Michigan wines as part of their offerings, you can always encourage them to do so in the future with a “Meal was fine” card.

Michigan Wine Flights

If you can’t make it up to one of the many wineries in Michigan during April, you can always try a Michigan Wine Flight at restaurants like Vinotecca in Royal Oak (they are currently featuring ‘Sex’ by Mawby, Shady Lane Cab Franc, and Bowers Harbor UnWooded Chardonnay).

If you’re looking to enjoy your Michigan wine in the comfort of your own home, you can purchase a few bottles at local stores and restaurants such as Joe’s Produce and Holiday Market. I always have a bottle of L. Mawby Fizz on hand, and you can’t go wrong with one of the many Michigan Cherry wines. Why not pick up a few bottles of Cherry Wine from each of the wineries that produce it, creating your own Michigan Cherry Wine flight, and plan a night in honing your wine tasting skills.

You can also join the online crowd in discussing Michigan wines by following the Wineries on Twitter list or participating in one of the Tweet & Taste Michigan (#TTMI on Twitter) wine tastings on Facebook and Twitter – Michigan wine lovers all around the world pick up a flight of the featured Michigan wine being tasted that session and compare tasting notes on Twitter.

Michigan Wine Council and Michigan Wine Country Magazine

On top of all the events planned around Michigan Wine Month, the Michigan Wine Council is also distributing the 2010 Michigan Wine Country magazine during the first few weeks of April. Anyone interested in receiving the latest issue can request a free copy.

Happy Sipping

I’ve only included a small sample of the Michigan Wine Month events occurring. For a full list of events, visit Michigan Wines. Know of an event that should be listed or were you one of the first visitors to one of the Michigan Wineries this month? Let us know below in the comments!

Rachel Kuptz writes about cocktails, wine, and dining experiences at Girly-Drinks.com. She can regularly be found online on twitter (@girlydrinks), scoping out the newest restaurants around the Metro Detroit area, and at wine and cocktail events throughout the state.

Motown Winter Blast

Motown Winter BlastThe 6th annual Motown Winter Blast kicks off this afternoon, and this is an event you don’t want to miss.  All weekend long, people gather in Campus Martius Park to celebrate and enjoy winter.  This year, the Winter Blast is also celebrating the Motown Museum’s 25th anniversary with even more special events and activities for you to enjoy.

No matter what your age, you’ll find something to love about the Winter Blast:

For the kids

  • Children can enjoy the Meijer Kid Zone, which includes puppet shows, magic shows, and more. 

For the grown ups

  • The annual wine tasting is back, and will be held at Enoteca Campo Marzio.  You can also take part in Bar Blast – a pub crawl through the city that takes place Saturday night.

Spirit of Detroit Ice Sculpture

For everyone

While you’re downtown, you might want to check out some of these other great attractions and restaurants:




  • If you are bringing the kids (or still a kid at heart), check out the Detroit Science Center, which has several hands-on exhibits, an Imax theater, and a planetarium
  • The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is right next door and is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. 
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts – the 5th largest fine arts museum in the world – is just a short walk from there. 
  • The Detroit Historical museum is also nearby.  This museum is dedicated preserving the history of southeastern Michigan, and includes the favorite and newly renovated Streets of Old Detroit, recreating Detroit street scenes from the 1840’s, 1870’s and early 1900’s.