The Festival of the Summer: Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

The Festival of the Summer: Traverse City Wine & Art Festival
Traverse City Wine & Art Festival
Photo courtesy of Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

Summertime in Traverse City–is there anything better? Add 150 different wines, live music, delicious food, and beautiful art? I think that’s called heaven, my friends.

The 2014 Traverse City Wine & Art Festival will take place on Saturday, June 21 and will feature the best wine, music, food, and art the Mitten has to offer. Now in its sixth year, the festival promises to be better than ever with a VIP party and lounge, a wine education tent, a second music stage and a juried art show.

Photo Courtesy of Nick Nerbonne
Photo Courtesy of Nick Nerbonne

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample wines from 32 different wineries representing the Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City and other vintners from the northern part of the Mitten. The festival is billed as a wine and art festival, but with 14 different restaurants and food trucks on hand to serve up their best cuisine, it’s shaping up to be a foodie’s paradise.

“This year’s festival can’t be beat,” said Erin Bernhard, Assistant Director of the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival. “We’re incredibly excited to bring an amazing lineup of Michigan musicians to our outdoor stage in beautiful Traverse City. Driven by the delicious wine and food of northern Michigan and featuring 40 local fine artists, this festival is Michigan at its best.”

Traverse City Wine & Art Festival
Photo Courtesy of Milixia Schluter

No good festival is complete without live music, and the TC Wine and Art Festival delivers. Michigan native Mayer Hawthorne will headline, and the main stage will also feature Phil Denny, The Crane Wives, and The Mainstays. A second stage featuring Samantha Crawford, The Accidentals, and Jordan Taylor will add even more variety to the robust entertainment lineup.

While sipping wine and listening to music, attendees can check out the work of 40 different artists, and can secure their purchases in order to keep both hands free (for wine glasses, of course).

Last year’s festival sold out a month in advance, so what are you waiting for? Purchase tickets and learn more about the festival here. Salud!

 Exclusive giveaway: win a Traverse City Wine & Art Festival gift pack! Prize includes 2 VIP tickets to the festival on June 21, 2 wine sippy cups, and 2 t-shirts. To enter, simply tweet your favorite Leelanau Peninsula wine to @awesomemitten and @tcwinefestival with #mittenlove, post to Instagram @awesomemitten and @lpwines with #mittenlove, or post to The Awesome Mitten on Facebook and tag Traverse City Wine & Art Festival. Contest ends Friday, June 13th at 11:59pm EST.