It’s not all cherries at Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival; while there will be many local farmers selling local cherries, there will also be plenty of dishes served up by local restaurants and vendors at this Northern Michigan festival. Stop by these foodie events at the National Cherry Festival or head into the open space to taste-test authentic Northern Michigan food and drinks. These foodie events at the National Cherry Festival are sure to make your Northern Michigan vacation every bit as interesting as the dishes you try.

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Great American Picnic 

Say “Happy Birthday America!” at the Hagerty Center with delicious food prepared by local chefs, cold beverages, great entertainment, and games all while watching the U.S Navy Blue Angels’ practice show from one of the best spots in Traverse City. The Great American Picnic is Friday, July 4th at 12:30 pm.

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Blues, Brews and BBQ 

Come back to the Hagerty Center again to enjoy local microbrews and BBQ while watching the U.S Navy Blue Angels’ Show. Become a food critic and vote on the best BBQ. Blues, Brews and BBQ is Saturday, July 5th at 12:30 pm.

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Cherries D’Vine 

Head over to the Hagerty Center a final time to enjoy an ultimate wine pairing experience featuring wines grown in our region and delicious delicacies prepared by Northern Michigan’s talented chefs. Enjoy the best view in town for the U.S Navy Blue Angels Air Show. Cherries D’Vine is Sunday, July 6th at 12:30 pm.

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Festival Open Space

Enjoy the Country Fresh Ice Cream and Grand Traverse Pie Company Pavilion, Pepsi and Eckrich hot dog tent, along with other food vendors in the Festival Food Court. Nearby, check out the box office for festival event tickets, the Cherry Festival souvenir tent and the Cherry Farm Market. The Festival Open Space is open throughout the festival.

Cherries Grand Buffet

The National Cherry Festival is partnering with NMC Hagerty Center Chef’s to present Cherries Grand Buffet — highlighting simple and gourmet ways to incorporate cherries into everyday dishes you can enjoy all year long. The “Grand Buffet” will feature cherry inspired dishes, an array of sweet treats, and even cherry lemonade. The event is Friday, July 11th at noon.

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Cherry Pancake Breakfast

Nothing starts the week better than a good breakfast. Join the Cherry Festival Foundation and the amazing Chris Cakes for pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk and juice on Saturday, July 5th.  Pancakes start flipping at 8 am and stop at 11 am, so get down there early.

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