2014 Leland Wine Festival Poster by Kris Love
The 29th annual Leland Wine & Food Festival is a northern Michigan tradition that takes place this Saturday, June 14th from 12-6 PM in the Leland Harbor. Just shy of its 3rd decade, it’s the oldest wine festival in Michigan and has expanded to become a 2 day affair.
The Wine Warriors reality TV show is holding a Kick-off Reception this Thursday (June 12) at Kirkbride Hall at the Grand Traverse Commons. Read on for the details, information and a great video from the show that follows the trials and tribulations of winemakers & staff at Chateau Chantal, Good Harbor Vineyards and Chateau de Leelanau, along with appearances by Larry Mawby.
NMC ‘s College for Kids summer program is for kids aged 3-17, and their summer series includes several great culinary classes for kids! The classes are weeklong, and financial aid is available for families meeting low-income requirements. Call (231) 995-1700 for a scholarship form and click the link above for registration and the full catalog.
Since opening in 2004, Winemaker Bryan Ulbrich and the crew at Left Foot Charley have produced 10 vintages. On June 14, 2014 from noon – 3 PM, you will have a chance to taste wines from many of these vintages when they celebrate their 10th birthday with the Left Foot Charley Cellar Raid. This tasting will include a minimum of 10 wines along with charcuterie, cheese and “dramatic readings of their back labels.”
This Sunday, June 8th, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons hosts the annual Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival from 9 AM – 3 PM. The Smithsonian recently named this celebration one of 20 can’t miss summer festivals. Read on for the details of this family-friendly, TC original event including the astounding history of Traverse Colantha Walker.
Next week (June 5-6) Northwestern Michigan College hosts the 20th annual International Affairs Conference. This year’s theme is China and on June 7th – whether or not you’re participating in the conference – you can take your exploration of China into the kitchen with Chinese-American chef Candice Lee assisted by local chef Harlan “Pete” Peterson.
Here’s four unique culinary events that offer opportunities to taste the best beer, wine & food the area has to offer. There’s also a great list of local brat makers if you want to put some local meat on your grill this weekend!
- 2016 Traverse City Beer Week – November 11-17
- Farmers Market Brunches during Cherry Festival
- Selden Standard chef Andy Hollyday and The Cooks’ House Guest Chef Series
- 2016 Short’s Anniversary Party
- Short’s Space Rock now gluten free
- Morel Dinner (and Hunt!) at Black Star Farms
- Morel Love
- Wild Food Wednesday: Morels
- Wild Food Wednesday: Ramps or Wild Leeks
- Friday Cocktail Hour: Pamplemousse by Gary Jonas of The Little Fleet