Savor the flavors enjoy the music and entertaining activities and get your fill of the freshest Pure Michigan bounty of fruits, vegetables, fish and spirits at foodie festivals and gala restaurant affairs taking place across the state all summer long.
Summer is just around the corner and bringing with it a luscious bounty of delicious fruits and vegetables all across Michigan. Farmers markets are brimming as Michigan’s vibrant food scene gets richer by the day.
From now till harvest time, you’ll find many events that celebrate Michigan’s agricultural produce. These events boast great family fun, parades, crafts and tantalizing food. Check out our sampling of food, wine and beer celebrations happening in Michigan over the next month.
National Asparagus Festival
Hart, June 7-9 -- Salute the shoots with a parade, 5K run, rodeo, arts & crafts fair, food show and much more at Oceana County’s 39th Annual National Asparagus Festival.
Leland Wine and Food Festival
Leland, June 8 -- Savor the view of Lake Michigan as you sample the area’s favorite foods and finest wines. This annual wine and food festival features award-winning regional wines, fresh food prepared specifically for this event by chefs at local restaurants, and live music. The scrumptious spread is under big white tents in the park along the Lake Michigan shore.
Ann Arbor, June 9–14 -- This is a week to celebrate cuisine—it’s prix fare dining at almost 50 of Ann Arbor’s best restaurants. Local chefs go all out preparing astounding lunch menus and three-course dinners. Make reservations early; check the web for participating restaurants and menus.
Taste of Muskegon
Muskegon, June 14–15 -- Downtown’s Hackley Park hosts this celebration of the area’s bounty. The region’s best restaurants serve their finest foods for this special event. Come to savor the flavors; enjoy the music and entertaining activities.
National Strawberry Festival
Belleville, June 14-16 -- The festival features a large indoor/outdoor craft fair and plenty of strawberry treats. Stop at the strawberry bakery for homemade strawberry pies, cheesecakes, jam, muffins and strawberry bread. For three days each year, the Belleville National Strawberry Festival transforms the town of Belleville into a strawberry wonderland.
National Cherry Festival
Traverse City, June 29–July 6 -- Cherry Farm Market, Cherries Grand Buffet, cherry-farm tours—pick from more than 150 events in the Cherry Capital of the World. Compete at the pit-spit, sculpt sand with family and friends, and watch the Cherry Royale Parade sweep through downtown streets. Savor the flavor of this super fruit enjoying the 15K Festival of Races, air shows, live music and fireworks on Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay.
Michigan Brown Trout Festival
Alpena, July 18–28 -- The 39th annual event is held at the Small Boat Harbor. More than $75,000 in cash and prizes for registered entrants; if you catch a tagged walleye, there’s a bonus. Special family fun events, kid’s fishing tournament, Art in the Bay, live music and dancing make it an all-generation, whole-family affair.
Sunrise Side Wine and Food Festival
Harrisville , July 20 -- When the large colorful tent goes up in the Harrisville Harbor, the three-ring summertime spread is about to begin. On Lake Huron’s Sunrise Coast, Michigan vintners serve their finest wines, while breweries tap summer kegs. Chefs from regional restaurants present startlingly creative cuisine. Live music rings through, and talented local artists display their work at Northeast Michigan’s largest wine and food festival.
Michigan Summer Beer Festival
Ypsilanti, July 26–27 -- Take your pick from more than 450 beers including craft brews from 60-plus Michigan breweries--all in one spot--plus great food and live music. Plan to stay two nights, so as to fully savor the samples and enjoy the company.
Fish Sandwich Day Festival
Bay Port, August 2–4 -- Come for the two-fister fish sandwiches and stay for the fun. You’ll enjoy arts and crafts, classic cars, raffles and kids games. BC McLeish Memorial Park hosts the event, with free entertainment and a Saturday morning parade.
National Blueberry Festival
South Haven, August 8–11 -- Celebrating its 50th year, the South Haven National Blueberry Festival welcomes more than 40,000 visitors to enjoy the laid-back beach town atmosphere and blueberry harvest. Pick ‘em yourself; eat them in pie, pancakes popcorn, brats—and simply fresh—at Blueberry Central. Kids’ Day features storytelling, carnival games and a pint-size pie eating contest; free riverfront concerts and a parade top off this tasty time.
Howell Melon Festival
Howell, August 16–18 -- Celebrate the locally grown fruit with perusing fine arts and wares downtown. Plus, there’s live entertainment, a festival tent with micro-brew and wine tastings, train rides, and a Kids Fun Zone—all a perfect backdrop for the star of the festival: The Melon.
Mackinac Island Fudge Festival
Mackinac Island, August 23–24 -- Famed for its fudge, the car-free isle celebrates this sweetest souvenir—and much more! Experience the astounding young talent of the Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan; stand awestruck by extreme kite flying at The Great Turtle Kite Ascension. Fuel the fun with fudge, seeking out the secret Golden Ticket Fudge Special boxes at Island Fudge Shops. Savor Fudge on the Rocks, as island bartenders create savory concoctions using Mackinac Island Fudge; stop by the Mackinac Island Fudge Stout Beer Tasting, and finally, dine under the influence of fudge.
Honor Coho Salmon Festival
Honor, August 24–26 -- Because Michigan’s first salmon were planted in the Platte River, Honor is considered the birthplace of salmon in the state. And thus, the best place to celebrate the salmon run up Betsie and Platte rivers. Learn more about Coho and King salmon with a visit to the State Fish Hatchery, and join the Fishing Frenzy to catch the biggest. Enjoy the carnival and midway entertainment, the car show, horseshoe and softball tournaments, arts and crafts and flea market. Amid it all, be sure to stop for the parade, live music and fireworks.
If you can’t make it to one of these festive celebrations, you should plan a trip to a local farm market like Granor Farm near Three Oaks, where you’ll find the freshest locally-grown USDA-certified organic vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruits.
A tour of Michigan farms will introduce you to a large selection of establishments that supply fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Some are even open year-round. To start your countryside farm tour, visit the Michigan Agri-tourism Association.