Just because it’s cold, and snowy, and windy, and, well, winter … Northern Michigan doesn’t slow down! There are happenin’ festivals—especially for foodies! Here’s a list of where and when to gather with other Northern Michigan food, drink, and snow-lovin’ folk by Emily Bingham, originally published in the December 2015 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.

TC Winter Microbrew & Music Festival

This winter wonderland for beer lovers (pictured) offers more than 100 flavors of craft brews, ciders, meads and wines from dozens of Michigan companies, plus live music, local food and other entertainment. February 13, MyNorthTickets.com.

Chocolate-Covered Boyne

Stroll the streets of Boyne City to find local businesses dishing up sweet treats, discounts on shopping and dining, candy-making demonstrations and other chocolate-themed specials (chocolate massage, anyone?). February 12–14, boynechamber.com.

Sips & Soups

This ticketed event takes you along the Leelanau Peninsula wine trail for special wine and soup pairings at participating wineries. $5 from each ticket sold will be donated to local food banks. $20 per person, January 23, MyNorthTickets.com.

Winter Warmup

Old Mission Peninsula has stunning scenery come winter. Find a feast for your eyes and palate on this wine and comfort-food tour up the peninsula’s spine. Restaurants and retailers will be dishing up deals as well. January 16, MyNorthTickets.com.

Taste the Passion

Tour the Leelanau wine trail and sample wines, chocolate, and sweet and savory small plates at a number of wineries. Lodging and tour packages available online; tickets $35 per person. February 6–7, MyNorthTickets.com.

Traverse City Restaurant Week

Savor some of the best farm-to-table dining this region has to offer, brought to you by fantastic local talent at this highly anticipated annual event. $25 buys you a three-course meal at one of dozens of downtown Traverse City establishments. Reservations recommended. February 21–27.

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