Media Monday: Cherry Festival making headlines, WJR live from Workshop Brewing


Traverse City’s ongoing debate over events & festivals makes the Detroit Free Press and once again it’s coming off as Traverse City saying “NO” to tourism and tourist dollars. The matter is before the City Commission tonight, and we also scan through some positive press for our food scene.

Before we dig into the Cherry Festival, be sure to tune in to Detroit’s WJR Radio THIS MORNING from 9-noon for the Frank Beckmann show live from The Workshop Brewing Company. Frank will be talking with Brad Van Dommelen of Traverse City Tourism and others about the craft beer scene in TC!

Stream live online right here!

From the Freep:

City commissioners are meeting Monday to discuss how to review an event that draws thousands of people to northern Michigan. Commissioner Barbara Budros says the festival may need to leave downtown Traverse City.

She tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that shifting it away from the July Fourth holiday should be considered. Festival director Trevor Tkach (Ta-KOTCH) says he can’t see the event leaving Traverse City.

Tkach says it needs to be in the “cherry capital of the world.” He says it’s also tied to Pure Michigan, the state’s tourism campaign.

The city is reimbursed for certain services. But the Record-Eagle says the cost was $62,700 this year — 40 percent above the cap.

Click to check in on the comments, which once again show that we need to be careful how we talk about festivals & tourists. Commentor Matthew Kilburn reflects the opinion expressed in many of the comments:

Attack of NIMBY syndrome. Nevermind that it brings in thousands of people who open their wallets for everything under the sun… causes too much traffic, so they’ll send it packing.

If you’re interested in the issue, the Ticker talks about what our Traverse City commissioners will be considering at tonight’s meeting including dates of the festival, fees and even the downtown location.

Keeping on the Cherry Fest theme, the NCF finished 3rd in USA Today’s 10 Best Specialty Food Festivals voting. We can’t help but think that the Empire Asparagus Festival would have topped them all!