It’s already June! Our persnickety Mitten’s weather is finally starting to stabilize: the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the trees are lush with bright green foliage. It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer! Nothing says “summer” in Michigan quite like any one of our awesome festivals. What better venue for enjoying our amazing Michigan summers’ than the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival?
For the seventh year, the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival will be held from 2 PM to 9 PM, at the Village at the Grand Traverse Commons on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The fine print? General admission tickets are $40, while special Lounge tickets (including VIP treatment: no lines, exclusive access, cheese tasting and more) are $125. For the cost of a ticket, not only can festival-goers enjoy art created by over 40 Michigan-based artists and drink delicious wine from more than 200 wineries in Traverse City and the surrounding areas, but you may also choose to dance to any number of musical guests or sample fine fare from 8 area restaurants.
Artists from across the Mitten will showcase their pieces throughout the festival’s entirety, with several working en plein air, or on location, outdoors. Artists include Bev Bartlett, jewelry, Adam VanHouten, painting, Nova Mackentley, photography, Rowan Leithauser, fashion, and many more. Learn more about these artists and many more at the official Wine & Art Festival website. Create your own masterpiece at a brand new addition to this year’s festival–the Art Experience.
Admission prices include four drink tickets to be used at wineries such as Blackstar Farms, Left Foot Charley, St. Ambrose Cellars, Chateau Chantal, and a personal favorite and past employer, Shady Lane Cellars. Gourmet food will available from Mitten Fired Pizza, Man & Pan Paella, Leland Lodge, Underground Cheesecake Company, Little Bohemia, Cordwood BBQ, Harbor 22/Harbor on the Side Food Truck and Siren Hall. Be advised that many food vendors will only accept cash.
Enjoy everything summer in our Awesome Mitten has to offer at the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival: “A celebration of the wine, food, and culture of Northern Michigan.”
Have you been to the festival before? Are you planning on going this year? Which artist are you most excited to see? What’s your favorite Michigan wine? Tell us in the comments below!