I’m a little excited that the summer is almost over. While I do enjoy the great beaches of the Great Lakes and backyard BBQ’s, there’s nothing I love more than crisp fall days and all the food and festivities that come with the season.
Fall is harvest time, and the perfect chance to celebrate Michigan agriculture by savoring the great food and beverages the state has to offer. There are many events and festivals that take place in the early fall that highlight Michigan produce. Here are five fall events in late August and September that celebrate the “Flavors of Pure Michigan”:
Taste of Traverse City Festival, August 29-31
Over Labor Day weekend, the Taste of Traverse City Festival highlights the finest food and drink of Traverse City restaurants and businesses. There will also be cooking demonstrations and the Pizza Throwdown.
Arts, Beats & Eats, August 29-September 1
Also on Labor Day weekend, the Arts, Beats and Eats Festival in Royal Oak combines three of my favorite things: food, music, and art. Fifty Michigan and Midwest restaurants will show off their best food at the festival, which can be enjoyed while exploring the art exhibits and listening to live music on 10 stages.
Grand Haven Salmon Festival, September 12-14
The Grand Haven Salmon Festival celebrates the Great Lakes waterways and brings attention to the wonderful flavors of fresh salmon. The waterfront festival offers live music, Michigan wine and beer tasting, grape stomping, and a salmon cook-off contest.
Kent Harvest Trails , Mid-September-October
One the best fall activities is visiting local farms to stock up on apples, fresh donuts, and warm apple cider. Kent Harvest Trails promotes local farms across Kent County during the fall harvest season in order to spotlight some of the best places to visit and celebrate Michigan food and agriculture.
Brighton’s Farm to Table Experience, September 20
This event features a meal with food sourced directly from local farms to celebrate Michigan agriculture and the value of local foods. Local farmers and food producers will be at the Experience, and Michigan craft beer and wine will be featured alongside the gourmet meal.
Other great events to check out this fall are the Taste of Harbor Springs, Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival, Great Lakes Cider & Perry Festival, Farmers Market on the Capitol Lawn, Rhythm & Brews: Craft Beer & Live Music, and Lexington Days Oktoberfest.
Beyond the fun of these fall events, I still like to enjoy Michigan food throughout the year. Our state offers a variety of culinary adventures with the many local breweries, vineyards, farmers’ markets, and unique restaurants. The Flavors of Pure Michigan tours online showcase many great food and drink destinations in Michigan, organized by region.
The excitement of summer may be coming to an end, but I think fall is an even greater time for an adventure in food discovery. Look to these events in late August and September to spice up the season and enjoy all the “Flavors of Pure Michigan.”
–Allison Stuby, Guest Contributor
I’m Allison, a girl from the heart of Grand Rapids with blood that runs green. Right now I am finishing up my degree from Michigan State University. I also spend my days working at the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, bouncing between the International Marketing Program and the Grape and Wine Industry Council. I like to think globally, and have a strong interest in international affairs. Yet my favorite place in the world is Michigan. I love food, Michigan wine, and traveling to all corners of this Awesome Mitten.