Each year handfuls of Northern Michigan wine festivals and events take place throughout Michigan’s “wine country.” Ranging from weekend-long festivals that feature headlining nationally touring and Northern Michigan musicians to day-long events that celebrate with wine tours and food pairings. These events happen annually throughout Northern Michigan; keep your eye on MyNorthTickets.com for ticketing.
Leelanau Taste the Passion Tour — Early February
Taste the passion streaming through Leelanau County wineries at this annual celebration of wine, chocolate, and love. Take a tour through numerous wineries and tasting rooms as you enjoy wine and food pairings along with wintery and Valentine-themed activities. Tickets include a signature wine class with a special wine pour and sweet or savory dish at each winery.
Gill’s Pier Swine and Dine — Late May
Join this annual pig roast out at Gill’s Pier Winery located in the beautiful fields of Leelanau Peninsula. Watch the pig slow-roast while you sip on wine, jam to music, and maybe win a few prizes.
Leland Artscape — Second Saturday in June
The pre-event to Leland Wine and Food Festival (see below), Artscape showcases local artists, with judges choosing the winning piece to be used for the following year’s Wine and Food Festival. Sip on wine while you vote for your favorite “People’s Choice” piece of art. This event takes place at the Old Art Building in Leland.
Leland Wine and Food Festival — Second Saturday in June
Enjoy a day at Leland Harbor near historic Fishtown. Taste award-winning wine, enjoy views of the water and the distant Sleeping Bear Dunes, and munch on delicious specialties from local restaurants and vendors. This event takes place in Leland.
Traverse City Wine & Art Festival — Late June
This one-day event features numerous musical acts and plenty of wine to sample, all in conjunction with an art show displaying the works of local and regional artists. Held at the Grand Traverse Commons west of downtown Traverse City, the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival is one of the biggest of the season. Tickets include a complimentary wine glass and 4 wine-tasting tickets.
Harbor Springs Waterfront Wine Festival — Late June
Held in the park next to the city marina off Front Street, the Waterfront Wine Festival in Harbor Springs brings wine tasting to the water. This waterfront event will also include music, art and more.
Leelanau Peninsula Wine on the Water Festival — July 19th, 2014
The Leelanau Peninsula Wine on the Water Festival will feature tastes of Northern Michigan’s wine country as well as distilleries and breweries. This festival also includes food from local restaurants and live music all while taking in the captivating views of the water. This event takes place in Suttons Bay.
City of Riesling —July 26th to July 28th, 2014
From July 26th through the 28th, Traverse City will host a unique Northern Michigan event, City of Riesling, which celebrates Northern Michigan wine, food, books, film, and music. The event kicks off with a riesling showcase held at various Traverse City restaurants and wineries on Saturday, July 26th. The following Sunday afternoon from 3–5 pm will be the Riesling Oyster Riot: chef Michael Peterson of Siren Hall takes over The Little Fleet with flights of Riesling and paired to a variety of oysters. After that—from 5:30–10:30 pm—is The Night of 100 Rieslings, a gala in Clinch Park highlighted by a pop-up bar presenting, yes, one hundred kinds of Rieslings. The bar will be tended by expert winemakers and sommeliers to help you understand the quality and significance of the rieslings available to sip. Swing around to the Bijou on the Bay and see the short film: Watch Your Back: A Riesling Movie, by world renown Riesling fan, Stuart Pigott. Read more about this weekend homage.
Paella in the Park — Mid-August
Held in Traverse City’s Open Space, this food and wine event brings the traditional Spanish dish, paella, to Northern Michigan. Paella and wines from the Old Mission Peninsula will be paired together to create the ultimate food and drink experience. Paella in the Park will also feature live music. Tickets include 3 food tokens and 4 wine pours.
Taste of Traverse City — August 29th to August 31st, 2014
This three-day festival highlights the best that Northern Michigan has to offer: world-class wines, food and views. Comprising 5 individual events, tasters will eat their way across Traverse City during Friday’s Grub Crawl or be served food prepared by former White House chef Walter Scheib. Attend some or all of the events—see what the Taste of Traverse City has to offer at MyNorthTickets.com:
Leelanau Peninsula Harvest Stompede — September 6th and 7th, 2014
Start the day with a 5k run/walk or 7-mile run through the rolling hills of Leelanau County. Then, top it off with a self-guided wine tour of Leelanau Peninsula wineries. Or, don’t run and enjoy the wine anyways. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass and special wine pour and food pairing at each participating winery. Tickets are available at MyNorthTickets.com: