Our main food & dining section has articles and links for restaurants, taverns and cafes and also food products & producers, farms, markets, bakeries and other culinary delights in Leelanau, Traverse City & Northern Michigan.

Empire Hops & Harvest Festival

Empire Hops & Harvest Festival ~ Saturday, October 2nd

Tickets are $10 and the event is a showcase of Northern Michigan food and drinks, live performances, and more all in celebration of the beautiful and bitter hop plant!
Grand Traverse Band Cannabis

Grand Traverse Band enters cannabis industry

Dispensaries and related businesses could soon open on tribal land in Peshawbestown, Acme and Whitewater townships now that the Grand Traverse Band Of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) Tribal Council enacted a Tribal Marijuana Ordinance that goes into effect Sunday.
2021 Cedar Polka Fest

39th Annual Cedar Polka Fest this weekend!

This is one of very few Polka Festivals left in the United States featuring live Polka music from the best Polka bands in America along with food vendors offer beer, polish food, ribs, hotdogs, popcorn and so much more.

Red, White & Blues Benefit at Bel Lago

The event is a benefit for Reining Liberty Ranch that offers community-based programs that serve Veterans, their families, and other disabled/at-risk individuals within the Grand Traverse Community.
Corn Days by Mark Smith

Corn Days

Mark got this gorgeous shot near Omena. Here’s hoping you get a chance to bite into some delicious Leelanau sweet corn soon!
Pizza & Bottle of Wine at Bel Lago

Vine & Dine: Leelanau Wineries Setting the Table

Emily Tyra has a nice feature in the Leelanau Ticker about how Leelanau's wineries are raising their dining game.
Bardenhagen Berries at Mi Local Market

Bardenhagen Berries are in!

Mi Market of Suttons Bay shares a welcome piece of news for Leelanau strawberry lovers - Bardenhagen strawberries are in!
Leelanau Farmers Markets

Leelanau Farmers Market are ready for the 2021 Season!

Markets in Suttons Bay, Northport, Glen Arbor, Leland & Empire are open or opening soon with fresh, delicious & LOCAL food & farm products!
Michigan Hop Alliance

Get to know Omena's Michigan Hop Alliance

The Hop Alliance formed in 2010 to process their own hops, as well as hops grown at other reputable farms across Northern Michigan.
Purple Curl by Mark Smith

Asparagus Time in Leelanau!

Yesterday signs were out for fresh Norconk Farms asparagus at a couple of roadside stands so the season is definitely upon us!
Cherry Blossom Time by Mark Smith

Cherry Blossom Time!

Mark got an awesome shot of cherry blossoms last week. We should have some blossoms left this week & weekend.
Leelanau Sweet Cherry Blossoms May 5

Sweet Cherry Blossoms Are Out!

As this photo from yesterday afternoon shows, Leelanau County's sweet cherry orchards are at or near full bloom, making this weekend an excellent time for a drive along the county's back roads!