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Jul 21, 2014
Terri Judson

Contest Alert! Join the Mile High Club – Wine and Music included

KelownaNow, Silver Star Mountain, and the Okanagan Wine Festival Society want you to have a little Mile High fun.

And we think Saturday August 9th is a perfect day for it.

It’s easy just enter to win on the form below. But be careful, this is grown up fun. You can win two tickets to Silver Star’s Mile High Wine and Music event and stay overnight on the mountain!

So that means … well, no need to go further … you know what that means. So don’t be telling us you weren’t warned. Steal away for one of the best Mile High events of the year at the Okanagan’s spectacular Silver Star resort.

Enter below and Good Luck.



We need to tell you about some rules so that you know how this contest will work. In completing the contest entry form, you agree to the rules and regulations below. Good Luck!

  • You must be nineteen years of age or older to enter.
  • NO PURCHASE of any kind is needed in order to win.
  • One winner will be selected from entries submitted through between 12:01am Friday July 18, 2014 and 12:01pm (Noon) Friday August 6, 2014 for each of the two prizes. The winner will be announced on and on KelownaNow’s Facebook and Twitter channels.
  • The winner will be chosen at random.
  • Limit of one entry per person, per prize.
  • All visitors to are eligible to win (other than prescribed by age or by affiliation with excluded groups described below). Welcome to Kelowna Ventures Ltd., its assigns and representees are not liable for any failure with regard to execution of the contest or delivery of prizing.
  • No prize awarded for any component of Join the Mile High Club can be redeemed for cash value.
  • Employees and families of the following companies are not permitted to enter, either directly or through a representative: Csek Creative, Welcome to Kelowna Ventures Ltd., Kelowna, Silver Star Mountain Resort, Okanagan Wine Festivals, and Valley First Credit Union.

Good Luck!

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Jul 21, 2014
Terri Judson

Profile: Pedicab company showcases Las Cruces, Mesilla – Las Cruces Sun

LAS CRUCES GT;GT; For César Martinez, it’s just like riding the bikes he takes on the streets and trails of Las Cruces, only, through his business Mesilla Pedicab Company, he gets to share community events and history with his passengers.

“It’s really easy to navigate and feels just like a bike for me in the front,” Martinez said of the red steel-framed tricycle he totes, taking locals and visitors around festivals, farmers markets and the Mesilla Plaza, to name a few.

The pedicab — a human-powered buggie — has a bench attached to the bike with a canopy for shade that can accommodate three adults comfortably, he said.

Csar Martinez, owner of Mesilla Pedicab Company, waits near his pedicab to give a ride to visitors at the downtown Las Cruces farmers market. In

Martinez’s passengers include tourists to historic Mesilla, wine festival attendees, locals taking advantage of the produce and crafts at the regular and evening farmers markets and he said he hopes to build more community partnerships to accommodate more event-goers from near and far.

“(They’re) a good fit for the pedicab because it’s fun supporting their events and developing those partnerships,” he said.

After starting Mesilla Pedicab in 2012 with one bike, Martinez expanded to two bikes earlier this year and has taken passengers around local staples, like the city’s July Fourth celebration, movies on Main Street, Border Book Festival, Mesilla Cinco de Mayo fiesta, myriad wine festivals and, recently, the Southern New Mexico Pride parade.

“I feel really comfortable with the two bikes and I feel comfortable focusing on special events throughout the region and how it fits with what I’m doing,” he said.

What Martinez is doing is also sharing is a little piece of the region’s history with locals and tourists alike.

Mesilla Pedicab Company got it’s start in the Mesilla Plaza, where Martinez sets up each weekend from March through Christmas Eve to take passengers on tours of the historic town. After getting his degree from New Mexico State University in art history, he’s equipped to provide information about the area’s rich cultural lore.

“The tours feed their interest in the community and its history. The history tour is my favorite thing,” he said.

On three wheels, tourists can marvel at historic adobe homes, learn about local agriculture and peruse the historic shops dotting the plaza’s streets.

“Some people are visiting from far away and really enjoy it and the fact that we can do it better on a bike than walking or in a vehicle makes it interesting,” he said. “The reaction from people has been very diverse.”

From war veterans who relate the pedicabs to rickshaws they may have seen during deployments, to fellow cycling enthusiasts, Martinez said he enjoys hearing all of the different stories that get into his pedicab.

Csar Martinez, owner of Mesilla Pedicab Company, waits to give a ride to visitors at the downtown Las Cruces farmers market. His pedicab company,

“The community has supported and embraced bicycles and it’s nice to get out in the community and meet people who have an interest in cycling,” he said. “I really like to hear about that and talk to people about alternative transportation. Some people are avid cyclists and I really like how the pedicab can reach out to a diverse amount of people.”

Getting on a bike and offering rides and tours came naturally to Martinez, who has been riding for 20 years and has a garage full of bikes for his family — one pedicab was “no big deal”.

“I started seeing them in other cities and I thought it was something I could manage since I’m so familiar with bicycles and it seemed like something I could inherently do,” he said. “It was something I felt I could help manage in the community and introduce them in our region.”

Outside of the office

When he’s not showing people the wonders of Las Cruces and Mesilla on the nights and weekends, Martinez, of El Paso, works for a company remodeling and paintings homes.

His life outside of the office mirrors that of life on the pedicab.

Martinez is an avid bike rider outside of the pedicab, hitting area trails for mountain biking and hiking with his teenage son.

“I like to read a lot and visit local culture events or institutions, like new exhibits at art galleries and museums,” he said.

He also attends shows at the Rio Grande Theatre in downtown Las Cruces and attends the Las Cruces festivals and events to enjoy them in a personal capacity.

“I went to New Mexico State University and met my wife there. My son was born in Las Cruces and I’ve lived here before,” he said. “I enjoy working back and forth.”

The price of rides fluctuates depending on the distance, but are usually around $10, and children ride free with a paying adult.

For more information, or to book a ride, contact Martinez at 575-208-6480, email or follow the company on Twitter @mesillapedicab.

Matlin Smith may be reached at 575-541-5468.

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Jul 20, 2014
Terri Judson

Visitors take in Marin’s first festival at a Coast Miwok village

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Every summer, Marin is awash with festivals. Practically every town has one. Art festivals, wine festivals, music festivals, food festivals. It’s a tradition that goes back a long way. A really long way. Maybe as far back as 4,000 years.

That deep history was celebrated Saturday at the 34th Annual Big Time Festival, a traditional Native American trade festival at Kule Loklo, a recreated Coast Miwok village in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

“As indigenous, native people, we’re not in a museum. We’re still alive,” Dean Hoaglin, a Nicasio Coast Miwok, told a group of visitors who had gathered to hear him and his relatives sing traditional songs and blessings around a crackling campfire they started with a flint, dry grasses and kindling — no matches.

Scores of visitors, many of them parents and kids, attended the daylong event to see demonstrations of basket weaving, flint knapping and making beads from clam and abalone shells. Visitors were free to roam the village grounds, dotted with Miwok houses, called kotcas, made of wooden planks in the triangular shape of teepees. It’s a short walk along a dirt trail from the Point Reyes National Seashore headquarters.

“We were just checking out the sweat lodge,” said Adam Goodwin, a software developer from Woodacre who took in the festival with his three children, ages 2, 5 and 6. “The kids are making necklaces using Native American tools. One of my favorite things is the native garden with native plants and information on how they use each plant. This is a big part of California history. It’s a good thing.”

Throughout the day, there were performances by dancers from the Intertribal Pomo and Dry Creek Pomo groups. Several Native American vendors sold baskets and jewelry, and nonprofit organizations, such as the Miwok Archaeological Preserve of Marin and the Marin Museum of the American Indian, had information booths.

Festival-goers gathered around Peter Nelson and Tsim Schneider, Coast Miwoks from the Graton Rancheria, to watch them make arrowheads using deer antlers to chip away at glassy black pieces of obsidian in much the same way as their ancestors.

Schneider is doing post doctorate work in archaeology and Nelson is studying for his doctorate in archaeology, both at UC Berkeley.

“It gives us knowledge we can bring back to the tribe about Coast Miwok archaeological sites and heritage and how to manage cultural resources,” Nelson said, chipping away at a piece of obsidian. “Tribal members bring traditional knowledge, but we also need the archaeological knowledge and the policy knowledge. You have to bring those things together.”

The Big Time Festival was started 34 years ago by the late National Park Service Ranger Lanny Pinola, a Coast Miwok. It used to be held over a whole weekend, but federal budget cuts have limited it to just one Saturday each year.

“The idea is to let people know what’s going on with the first Californians, the Coast Miwok, the Pomo and other groups that have lived in Marin and Sonoma counties for so many years,” explained Ranger Loretta Farley.

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Jul 19, 2014
Terri Judson

Sense of Place: Surrender to summer

Parkpoint Health Club.

Parkpoint Health Club

Sketches and text by Richard Sheppard / Special to Towns

There’s a tipping point of summer when daytime heat dulls the senses, slowing our usual activities to a crawl. The bucket list of wine festivals, food fairs, and concerts that sounded exciting in June begin to feel like too much effort. This is the beginning of summer’s softer side, when the high sun slows busy schedules down and allows us to reflect on the basics, like watching garden sunflowers chase the afternoon sun across the sky.

Water conservation is on everyone’s mind these days, and there are ways to revel in or around it without wasting a drop. Water sports at the pool provide opportunities to melt the heat and enjoy the neighborhood kids at play. Or lounge poolside with a cold drink and watch the motivated adults skim the surface of the lap lanes.

As the day grows long, alternating between a light summer read and dozing under the shade of a beach umbrella can be the perfect way to wrap up the afternoon.

On cooler days, few things sum up the season like a lazy fishing trip on Lake Sonoma, watching the wind skate across the water while waiting for a catch. The Dry Creek General Store houses fishing supplies in a wooden shed next door to the store: hooks, bobbers, sinkers, and night crawlers for the fishing enthusiast heading to the lake.

Arriving midday at the store temporarily breaks the summer spell, with bustling customers queueing up for daily lunch specials and signature sandwiches. Outside, rows of picnic tables and comfy chairs are often occupied by hungry cyclists, tourists, and winery workers.

It’ll be weeks before nature surrenders to the inevitable decay of autumn and a time when more intellectual pursuits replace the pleasures and lackadaisical mood of summer.

Healdsburg-based artist Richard Sheppard can be reached at

Dry Creek General Store

Dry Creek General Store

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Lake Sonoma

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Jul 18, 2014
Terri Judson

Where to go on holiday in September 2014

A spectacular sunrise at Palermo Harbour, Sicily

A spectacular sunrise at Palermo Harbour, Sicily

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From beach breaks in Sicily to hiking holidays in the Rocky Mountains, we round up the best trips to take this September.

For beach bums

Short haul: Sicily, Italy

September is the perfect time to visit Sicily; the weather is scorching, the crowds have abated and there are food festivals aplenty. 

Holidaymakers can work up an appetite basking on the island’s fine sandy beaches before imbibing Sicily’s gastronomic offerings at the annual Cous Cous Festival (23-18 September), which features live music, cooking competitions and, of course, an abundance of couscous. 

Those with a sweet tooth should check out the annual Sherbeth Festival (4-8 September), a celebration of the island’s famous gelato ice cream. Look out too for local wine festivals, which are held regularly in September to celebrate the annual grape harvest.

For a bit of culture, why not watch the opera at Teatro Massimo or take a Godfather-themed tour of the island?

Long haul: Hawaii, USA

September in Hawaii is prime time for beach bums and board ridersSeptember in Hawaii is prime time for beach bums and board riders
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With beautiful beaches and great weather, Hawaii is a popular holiday destination all year round. But if you’re a board rider, September is the best time to visit; the surf is good but the professional surfers have yet to arrive and hog the waves.

As well as great swell, September plays host to the annual Aloha Festivals. Taking place throughout the month, this series of shindigs showcase the island’s cultural traditions through music, food and entertainment.

The party kicks off with the annual Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race (1 September), a fiercely contested 29km (18-mile) race from Kailua Bay to Honolulu.

For thrillseekers

Short haul: Madeira, Portugal

Music and dancing fill the streets of Madeira for a week in September during the annual Columbus Festival (18-20 September), which honours Christopher Columbus and his ties to the island.

Over the course of a week, there are street performances, exhibits and music. The highlight, though, is the theatrical re-enactment of Columbus’ arrival to Porto Santo.

Those inspired by the legendary explorer can blaze their own trail across the island, choosing from a series of adventure activities such as scuba diving, canyoning and off-roading.

Long haul: Rocky Mountains, USA

A black bear wanders around the Rocky Mountains
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The Rocky Mountains are, arguably, at their best during September; the weather is fine, the wildlife abundant and the browning leaves make for excellent photographs.

Visitors can drive along scenic mountain passes, picnic amongst the highest peaks in North America and trek along various hiking trails. The more adventurous can set up camp in the lofty wilderness.

September in the Rockies is a great month to observe the local fauna; visitors can expect to see elk, deer, moose, birds and black bears.

For city slickers

Short haul: Edinburgh, Scotland

This September, Scotland will vote to decide whether it stays in the UK or becomes an independent country – an exciting time, then, to visit the Scottish capital, where visitors may witness history in the making.

If not, they could always see history that’s already been written in one of the city’s many museums and historical buildings, which offer free access on weekends throughout September.

The promotion is part of the brilliant Doors Open Days, an initiative offering visitors the opportunity to see sights they won’t normally get to see – many participating buildings are not normally open to the public.

Long haul: Shanghai, China

A bird's eye view of Shanghai at sunset A bird’s eye view of Shanghai at sunset
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The city of Shanghai comes alive every September with the annual Tourism Festival (13 September – 6 October). This extravagant gala kicks off with the Grand Opening Ceremony, an elaborate street parade featuring giant floats, live music and performing arts.

The revelry continues in much the same vein for three more weeks. If the party gets too much, you could slope off to Shanghai’s world-class museums, take a relaxing river cruise, eat your way around the city or treat yourself to an ancient Chinese massage.

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Jul 18, 2014
Terri Judson

Grace Jerk Festival Showcases Jamaican Culture, Heritage in New York

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Out of three dozen major food and wine festivals in New York during the month of July, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Fest stands out as the most ethnic and culturally diverse.  (2013 Celebrity Cook-Off winner New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio)

“We are excited to present the fourth staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, “New York’s Biggest Caribbean Food Festival,” said Anthony Turner, media marketer and event publicist in a statement.

Because of the festival’s huge and vibrant musical component, many people tend to confuse the food festival for a musical concert.  But event publicist Turner was quick to rectify the misconception saying “It is important to stress this is not a music festival but a food festival that feature various facets of our Caribbean heritage including our music and fashion.”

“One highlight of the festival each year is the jerk cook off competition where Top chefs and celebrities battle for the championship. On the musical side, reggae star Maxi Priest, Etana and Mr. Vegas will deliver exceptional performances on the main stage while the Braata Folk singers and other acts will deliver performances on the cultural stage that will appeal to every member of the family,” Turner added.

At last year’s intense Celebrity Jerk Cook-Off, former New York City Public Advocate and current Mayor Bill de Blasio out jerked “Cool Runnings” star Leon Robinson to win the coveted championship.

Festival organizers announced Wednesday that two Americans, Food Network’s finalist Chef Max Hardy and Chef Nelson Gason would compete to create the most fiery Jamaican jerk recipe to win this year’s prize.

There are three consolation cash prizes for the Jerk Cook-Off contestants, winner of the Dutch Pot could receive $500 while $200 for the Silver Dutch Pot and $100 to win the Bronze Pot.

Braata Theatre's Folk Singers and Dancers

Braata Theatre’s Folk Singers and Dancers

Earlier last week, event coordinator Richard Lue during an in-studio radio interview on No Questions Asked radio show on WBAI, 99.5 FM said that an estimated 16,000 patrons would attend the festival this year.

Lue reiterated the atmosphere to expect at the festival, “The festival is definitely a family-friendly event, so it has something for every member of the family to enjoy, from the cook-off competitions to the traditional and folk presentations on the cultural stage and the music.”

The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival NY could be a great way to experience Jamaican culture and heritage outside the island of Jamaica.

By Dennis Kabatto

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Jul 18, 2014
Terri Judson

Wife’s reluctance to leave surprised me – Portales News

Kitsana Dounglomchan

By Kitsana Dounglomchan

Local columnist

Something unexpected happened last week. I got an assignment to New Delhi, India.

It wasn’t entirely a surprise; I did apply for the position by clicking a button on the assignment management website, but I’ve clicked plenty of buttons on there before without anything happening.

This wasn’t the biggest surprise of the week. That came when I told my wife, Cassandra, about our new duty location.
Her first question was, “Can the dogs go?”

“I don’t know,” I replied, frustrated that she wasn’t displaying the level of enthusiasm I expected. And then she did something I never thought a military spouse at Cannon Air Force Base would do. She got upset at the thought of uprooting our lives yet again.

I was shocked, and we started arguing.

“This is a great opportunity to live overseas and travel the world,” I said. But none of this mattered to her — Cassandra has come to enjoy living in Clovis.

I don’t remember when it happened, but when I look back at the past year and a half I see how it all came together.

At 31, she decided to live by the adage “it’s never too late to go back to school,” so I transferred my G.I. bill to her, and she’s been attending Clovis Community College ever since.

She befriended a talented hairstylist, Shannon, after they started taking day trips to Lubbock. Now they’re always working on nifty crafts they’ve found on Pinterest and hosting crafting parties with other friends.
Truth told, I think these actually double as wine festivals.

Cassandra spends her Saturday mornings running 5k races around town with her friend, Maggie. And when there’s not a race, she drags me out of bed so we can loop around Colonial Golf course with our three dogs (we just got a puppy).

On nights when I get off work, she has dinner waiting for me in the oven. And when I was grinding 12-hour graveyard shifts last year, she would plan and pack my lunch and dinner for the everlasting night.

But I didn’t think about the life she had created for us in Clovis when I found out about India. I only thought about my career, and expected her to pick up and move without the slightest bit of trepidation.

But what powers this American military life is the foundation our families provide. “Happy wife, happy life,” my old boss once said. And if you have a spouse like Cassandra, you know how crucial they are to your success, as well as your sanity.

We made up the following day, and apologized to one another. She told me she was excited to be going to India. She’s just going to miss the routine we’ve grown accustomed to in Clovis.

It’s going to be strange going from a city of 37,775 residents to a metropolis of over 22 million. But no matter where the tides of the military take us, we’ll be happy together.

Kitsana Dounglomchan, an 11-year Air Force veteran, writes about his life and times for Clovis Media Inc. Contact him at:

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Jul 18, 2014
Terri Judson

Resort pairs local tastes

Silver Star Mountain Resort is preparing for the annual Summer Wine and Food Festival.

Overseeing the Aug. 8 to 10 event is chef Brenden Blair, who is now heading up Silver Star’s food and beverage department.

“The addition of chef Blair signals our commitment to expanding and improving our food and beverage offerings at Silver Star,” said Jesse Crockett, hospitality director.

“A chef with Brenden’s experience in events and catering, from high-end to casual dining, is precisely who we want to help execute our new vision. His energy and enthusiasm will lead and inspire the talented professionals on our culinary team.”

The highlight of the festival will be the B.C. Mile High Wine Tasting Aug. 9.

Hosted by Okanagan Wine Festivals and Silver Star Mountain Resort, 30 wineries from across the valley will showcase their new varietals. The weekend features wine master’s dinners, food and wine seminars and art gallery viewings.

Packages start from $133 including accommodation and Mile High Wine Tasting tickets.

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Jul 17, 2014
Terri Judson

Bills partner with Yancey’s Fancy

The Buffalo Bills today announced a partnership with Yancey’s Fancy, New York’s artisan cheese.  As part of the agreement, Yancey’s Fancy will become the Official Cheese of the Buffalo Bills.

The partnership brings together two iconic brands and will engage fans with unique and exciting programming throughout the year, including endorsement opportunities from John Murphy, the Voice of the Bills. Yancey’s Fancy will also become the presenting sponsor of Bills Friday on, giving fans the opportunity to win Bills and Yancey’s Fancy prize packs during the 2014 season.

Yancey’s Fancy will incorporate their artisan cheese into various dishes served at Ralph Wilson Stadium’s concession stands, suites and clubs including the artisan cheese and charcuterie board, poutine, macaroni and cheese, sandwiches and wraps.

“We are proud to align with Yancey’s Fancy, a high quality, hometown brand that has built a loyal customer base not only in Western New York, but throughout the country,” said Bruce Popko, Bills Chief Revenue Officer. “Bills fans will be thrilled to see their products featured on the new, enhanced menu at Ralph Wilson Stadium as well as through unique promotions such as Bills Friday where fans can submit photos showcasing team spirit to win Bills and Yancey’s Fancy prize packages throughout the season.”

The partnership also includes LED ribbon board signage during all Bills home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  In addition, Yancey’s Fancy will become an official sponsor of Bills Training Camp held at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.  This will include on-field signage, the ability to sample their products at each night practice and various other hospitality opportunities.

“The Buffalo Bills have a very dedicated and loyal fan base,” said Wayne Henry, President and CEO of Yancey’s Fancy. “Joining forces with the Bills is a very fitting example of our dedication to Western New York and to the people here.”

About Yancey’s Fancy

Following World War I, Leo Kutter emigrated from Bavaria to New York State and using his cheese making knowledge opened a small factory in Cowlesville, NY. In 1947 he founded a new factory where Yancey’s Fancy is located today near Corfu, NY. In 1998 Kutter’s Cheese Factory became Yancey’s Fancy as it is today. You can look for Yancey’s Fancy to be attending many of the local Food and Wine Festivals of WNY, along with our products being carried in all major retailers. Yancey’s Fancy offers a variety of over 45 products which can be found at many retail stores nationwide as well as through Kutter’s Cheese House which is located on-site in Corfu, New York just off Exit 48A on Interstate 90. Yancey’s Fancy is manufacturing these cheeses in wheels and wedges. For more information on Yancey’s Fancy products visit, call (585) 599-4448, like us on Facebook at, or follow Yancey’s on Twitter at

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Jul 15, 2014
Terri Judson

Northern Michigan Wine Festivals and Events

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 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.  Tickets available at

City of Riesling —July 26 – 28

From July 26th through the 28th, Traverse City will host a unique Northern Michigan event, City of Riesling, which celebrates Northern Michigan wine, foodbooks, 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. Tickets are available at

Paella in the Park — August 15th, 2014

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. Tickets available at

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

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