Homegrown Festival offers food, music, drinks, and fun

September 4, 2012 by  

Ann Arbor’s fifth HomeGrown Festival is set to take place this weekend. The annual event highlights the region’s homegrown food in the Farmers’ Market pavilion, located at 315 Detroit Street in Ann Arbor.

Dedicated chefs cook with local, seasonal foods from the area and offer creative dishes for anything from $1 to $7. For those aged 21 and over, sampling of dozens of hard-ciders, meads, wine, and beer will be made available to purchase. Additionally, there will be popular bands, with dancing, child activities, artisan markets, chef demonstrations and tastings, and opportunities to meet and learn about the people living in the region. Everybody is encouraged to enjoy the handmade, zero-waste, all-volunteer festival, and discover the best that Michigan has to offer.

This year, 10 locally-owned companies will feature their wine, beer, mead, cider, and Kombucha. Flying Otter Winery, Jolly Pumpkin Artisans Ales, and Superior Lakes Meads will be joining the festival for their first year. Great drinks will be offered that are sure to please all tastes, including ginger beer, cherry hard cider, blueberry mead, and Muscato. A local beer enthusiast will organize the home brewers’ second annual competition. To make their own beer, they need fruits, hops, grains, honey, oatmeal, herbs, and even vegetables. Home brewers using all-Michigan grown ingredients who want to enter the competition may drop off two sample bottles at the Farmers’ Market on Wednesday before the Festival. Print companies will probably have made up flyers and posters for this exciting event.

The festival runs this Saturday, September 8, from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm.