Great Lakes Fish Boil at Black Star Farms


On Wednesday, September 17th Black Star Farms will celebrate the 2014 Michigan Schooner Festival with a Great Lakes Fish Boil at their Suttons Bay location.

“Fish boils are a Great Lakes tradition brought over by Scandinavian settlers,” explains Black Star Farms Chef Jonathan Dayton. “Just as they did over 100 years ago, we’ll be using fresh, Lake Michigan whitefish and lake trout and local corn and potatoes.”

Dayton and his crew will add harvest-themed sides, sauces and salads including plenty of coleslaw and a tasty dessert. There’s also an option of grilled chicken.

In addition to all the food, attendees will receive a complimentary glass of the limited edition Black Star Farms Arcturos H-28 Medium Dry Riesling which will be for sale at the event with a portion of proceeds supporting the MHA. Black Star Farms Managing Partner Don Coe says, “Four years ago James Wall and I donated one of three remaining Nat Herreshoff designed H-28s on the Great Lakes to the MHA. It was renamed ‘Arcturos’ by the MHA and is used for maritime education. We thought a wine made from Michigan’s most popular grape would be the perfect tribute.”

There will be two seatings for the Fish Boil at 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM and the all-inclusive price is $28.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids 12 and under and under 3 is free. Get tickets and more information at

The Michigan Schooner Festival is an annual celebration that takes place September 19-21 that features over 30 events including Tall Ship parades, boat tours, films and kids events.

PS: The Minnesota Sea Grant has a great description of how fish boils work – click that link to check it out and also check out Abigail’s photos from a Door County Wisconsin fish boil.