The undiscovered charm of Northeast Michigan is the venue for the 20th Annual Michigan Sunrise Side Wine & Food Festival set for Saturday, July 19, 2014 from Noon to 6 PM. It’s a mid-summer tradition featuring award-winning Michigan wines, delectable local foods and artisan breads, original art show, live jazz performances and a breathtaking view of Lake Huron under the big Festival Tent at Harrisville Harbor. Entry fee includes an etched tasting glass and two drink tickets.
We’ve been attending the Michigan Sunrise Side Wine & Food Festival for about eight years and wouldn’t dream of missing it. Highlights of the Harrisville event include Michigan vintners’ wares, along with beer tasting, tidbits from local restaurants, spirited jazz and live music performances for a one-of-a-kind festive day on the shores of spectacular Lake Huron.
In past years, wineries have included the highly awarded Black Star Farms, Good Harbor Vineyards, St. Julian and Chateau Fontaine. The festival has worked hard to expand its offerings, adding vintners from as near as Alpena (Stoney Acres Winery) and as far as the Michigan border (Contessa Vintners) to traditional western Michigan wineries.
For those who’d rather have a beer, the festival doesn’t disappoint. Enjoy beer tastings from Bell’s Brewing Company of Kalamazoo, Mich. who offers the crowd-pleasing “Oberon” along with Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company and Traverse City’s Short’s Brewing.
Family Friendly The family-oriented event welcomes children with a child’s admission and suitable refreshments. Our family enjoys the tasty treats from local restaurants, ranging in the past from tapas-sized plates of London broil to bread, cheese and fruit or shrimp skewers.
Other favorites include chocolates and sorbets that pair well with wine—or pop for the kids. Add to that an array of wine-related items to peruse, some cool jazz, an exhibit of local art and the beauty, sun and breeze of Lake Huron in the background and you’ve found the perfect day.
Lots to See, Lots to Do This family friendly small town, halfway between Tawas and Alpena, is easily reached from both US-23 and M-72. When you’re in town for the festival, check out the beautiful harbor, the 100-year-old stone railroad depot., the mill pond with its working waterwheel, and one of Michigan’s prettiest beaches located at Harrisville State Park.
A five-minute drive brings you to Sturgeon Point Lighthouse and the beautifully preserved 1800’s Bailey School House.
Hope to see you on the Sunrise Side!