Tickets to Traverse City’s premier food and drink event, Taste of Traverse City, are available for purchase at

Taste of Traverse City comprises 6 individual events that explore the range of culinary offerings in Traverse City. The events are as follows:

Downtown Grub Crawl

Downtown Traverse City has become an epicurean destination in its own right.  The Downtown Grub Crawl is your chance to taste all that it has to offer! On Friday, August 29th, the evening begins with registration at the Century 21 Northland parking lot on the corner of Park and State from 6 pm to 7 pm—meet your fellow Crawlers and receive your Grub Crawl Survival Kit. After the send-off, stroll to your favorite selections of the participating restaurants and/or merchants listed. Use your 15 sampling punches in a trick or treat style exploration of food or drink offerings. Participating restaurants and food vendors include Amical, Om Cafe, Little Bohemia, the Little Fleet and others. Purchase tickets to the Downtown Grub Crawl at

Dining in the Dark

Dining in the Dark is a unique sensory experience that takes guests on a rare epicurean adventure. This is a one-of-a kind concept that has been enjoyed by foodies across the globe: blindfolded dinner guests absorb the flavors of the food before them. When you eat and drink without the sense of sight, your senses of taste, touch, smell and sound are intensified. This event takes place at 2 pm on Saturday, August 30th at Aerie in the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, and includes 3 mini-courses and a beverage. Tickets available at

Taste of Traverse City

The flagship event takes place on the grounds outside the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa on Saturday, August 30th. Enjoy food and beverage tasting experiences, inspirational epicurean retailers and live entertainment. Guests sip delicious beverages, sample new flavors, watch cooking demonstrations, and expand their culinary knowledge in seminars on a wide range of topics. Tickets available at

White House Dinner with former White House Chef, Walter Scheib

The Taste of Traverse City festival has teamed with former White House Executive Chef and Iron Chef participant Walter Scheib to bring an exciting and unique dinner experience to our foodie fantasyland on Saturday, August 30th. For 11 years, Chef Scheib served up his signature brand of innovative cuisine at the White House, preparing everything from daily meals for the First Family to formal state dinners for world leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Lady Diana Spencer, and Emperor Aikihito. Now you can experience this once-in-a-lifetime epicurean experience! The Taste of Traverse City White House Dinner features four delectable courses inspired by the favorite dishes of past presidents. As you dine, Chef Scheib entertains with humorous personal anecdotes from his time as a White House insider. Expect an evening of fabulous food, revealing stories and special White House recipes.

Read an exclusive interview with Walter Scheib, and purchase tickets at

The Best of Brunch

On Sunday, August 31st, the Hagerty Center in Traverse City will host The Best of Brunch. Warning: This is not your typical Sunday brunch. Numerous sampling stations will be positioned around the Hagerty Center, with each brunch hub being the brainchild of a well-crafted, creative culinary team consisting of a chef, supplier/farm, and beverage company/coffee shop. This is a tasty and interactive event—attendees will vote to determine which team deserves the title of Best of Brunch! Tickets available at

Pizza Throwdown

This event coincides with the Taste of Traverse City main event at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa: pizza chefs from local restaurants prepare their fare to determine who has the best pie in Northern Michigan.

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