With summer just around the corner and the arrival of warmer temperatures we are excited about a lot of the activities here in the Traverse City region. Some of our favorites include visiting great wineries, eating delicious meals and spending as many days as possible on the beach.
Dining outside is definitely on our top ten list! In fact, one of the most enjoyable experiences of the season is gathering around a table with local food and good friends, while immersing yourself in the bounty and beauty of northern Michigan.
Fortunately, this area has a variety of Farm-to-Table dinner events. How do you know which one to choose? Take a look at our recommendations below and be sure to get your tickets in advance.
Spoke n’ Fork Farm to Table Bike Tour
Are you a foodie and biking advocate? Then this dining journey is for you. Hop on your bike and tour Leelanau County, enjoy wine at 45 North Vineyard & Winery, a farm tour and artisanal bread tasting at 9 Bean Rows and Bakery, lunch at MI Market, and cider tasting at Tandem Cider. Conclude the day with strolling appetizers (featuring regional products), custom cocktails with Northern Latitude Distillery, and a sit-down chef prepared meal with Epicure Catering.
Favorite Local Sources: 9 Bean Rows, Boss Mouse Cheese, Leelanau Cheese, Higher Grounds Coffee, and Second Spring Farm
Why Dine? This is Bike Leelanau’s first fundraising event of the year. The organization works hard to encourage bike friendly tourism in the area, which supports low-impact community development and design, and land conservation.
When: Saturday May 19th, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Where: Begin and conclude at Cherry Basket Farm, 5530 N West Bay Shore Dr, Omena, MI 49674.
Tickets are $200 and are available until May 15th.
Garden to Table Dinner Series
Experience a culinary adventure like no other and enjoy fresh produce created in the backyard of northern Michigan and a delicious meal prepared by Sugar 2 Salt. This four-course meal and beverage pairing will highlight the produce grown at TC Community Garden at Historic Barns Park, a perfect backdrop for an intimate gathering.
Favorite Local Sources: 9 Bean Rows, Loma Farm, GT Mushrooms, and Second Spring Farm
Why Dine? The produce is grown by community members of Traverse City and all proceeds will benefit TC Community Garden.
When: June 21st, August 23rd, October 18th from 6-9 PM
Where: TC Community Garden at Historic Barns Park, 875 Red Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684
Tickets are $75.
Harvest Dinner Series – On the Vineyard
Nestled among the rolling hills of Leelanau Peninsula, enjoy a not-to-be-missed culinary experience at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. Among the monthly dinners hosted by Black Star Farms, these two extraordinary events include locally sourced prepared meals that are paired flawlessly with their wines. In the heat of the summer, you will enjoy a specialty themed craft cocktail as well as a light five course menu that incorporates ingredients from their own garden and some of Michigan’s finest farms.
Favorite Local Sources: Loma Farm, Idyll Farms, 9 Bean Rows, Pahl Farms
Why Dine? The dinners will be served at an elegant communal table that always sparks thoughtful conversations and new friendships.
When: July 11th. August 8th at 6 PM
Where: Blackstar Farms Vineyard in Suttons Bay, 10844 E. Revold Rd, Suttons Bay, MI 49682
Tickets are $125.
Chetcuti Foundation Charity Farm Dinner
A beautiful al fresco farm to table feast that will offer you a one of a kind dining experience and a chance to support a local charity. Enjoy an intimate dinner hosted at Cherry Basket Farm, a beautiful historic farm with surrounding cherry orchards, and mature hardwoods, brought to you by the Michael Chetcuti Foundation, Epicure Catering, Baia Estate Leelanau and Arbor Brewing.
Favorite Local Sources: 9 Bean Rows, Cherry Basket Farm, Second Spring Farm
Why Dine? Public dinners at Cherry Basket Farm are a rarity and dinner guests will help choose the organization that receives the charity funds.
When: August 29th
Where: Cherry Basket Farm, 5530 N West Bayshore Drive, Omena, MI 49674
Tickets are $125 and will be available for purchase in July.