Food & Beverage
The Top Shelf for Foodies
As one of the most agriculturally diverse states in the nation, Michigan’s fresh, local food that must be eaten to be believed. From Detroit-style pizza and coney dogs, to Mackinac Island fudge, pasties, breakfast cereal, tart cherries and crisp apples, the flavors you can experience in Michigan are as varied as the communities that serve them up. With fresh produce delivered by local farmers made into mouthwatering dishes by passionate chefs, the foodie scene in Michigan will not disappoint. And no meal is complete without a Michigan wine, craft beer or spirit to pair it with.
Relish the state’s strong farm-to-fork culture, which emphasizes local agriculture, produce and fish and makes it easy to find dishes brimming with fresh ingredients. An abundance of festivals and events also run throughout the year — putting residents in direct contact with local farmers and producers.
Northern Michigan’s Hidden Treasures
Watch journalist and Emmy-winning TV travel host Oneika Raymond experience all that makes Michigan a perfect escape — from pastries in Traverse City to farm-to-table cuisines in Leelanaue County.
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Baked to Perfection
Michigan offers a variety of dining experiences, from the famous Frankenmuth Chicken Dinner at Zehnder’s to the fresh whitefish caught by John Cross Fishery and served at local Lake Charlevoix restaurants daily. Want more than a slice of Michigan’s flavor? Detroit-style pizza at Buddy’s has been spicing up taste buds throughout the state for more than 70 years. Maybe you want to have your cake and eat it, too? New Palace Bakery was included on Thrillist’s Top 32 Donut Restaurants in America for its famously delicious Paczki desserts. Or are you looking for the best Mac and Cheese? Clarkston Union made the “perfect mac and cheese” almost 30 years ago and have sold over a million since. So, whether you’re looking for an upscale dinner or just a casual meal with friends, you’re sure to find something to satisfy the whole bunch in Michigan.
Savor the Craftsmanship
With nearly 400 craft breweries across the state — or 5.3 breweries per person — in Michigan, you’re never too far from an artisanal ale. Popular breweries include Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, one of the largest craft breweries in the country, Keweenaw Brewing Company in the Upper Peninsula and Summit Smokehouse & Taproom in Mt. Pleasant. Not to mention Grand Rapids’ official title, “Beer City USA.” With more than 40 craft breweries within a 30-minute drive, the city won that title in a nationwide poll by USA Today.
Contributing $9 billion to the state’s economy, Michigan’s beer industry does more for the state than quench its thirst. From growers to brewers and distributors, Michigan is also home over 37,000 jobs in the beer industry.
From Grapes to Your Glass
Situated halfway between the equator and the North Pole, Michigan is an ideal destination for grape-growing enthusiasts and wine lovers alike. Boasting nearly 4,000 acres of land solely dedicated to cultivating wine grapes, Michigan is proud to produce over 50 varieties of vinifera — old-world grapes, including Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Pinot Grigio — as well as hybrid grapes. Notably, some of these grapes go into making Michigan’s renowned ice wine, a uniquely flavored product exclusive to the state. This exceptional wine is crafted by selectively picking grapes at the precise temperature where the water within them freezes, while the sugar content remains intact.
With an impressive 140 wineries to visit across the state — from Fennville to Cape Mitt, the Old Mission Peninsula to the Leelanau Peninsula, and the Lake Michigan shoreline — Michigan is a paradise for American wine lovers. Traverse City in particular is home to a slew of noteworthy establishments like Bonobo Winery and Chateau Grand Traverse, where each wine delivers a more diverse and captivating profile than the next. And there is no better way to taste them all than on one of the state’s wine trails.
A Melting Pot of Something Tasty
Get ready to tantalize your taste buds at Michigan’s incredible food and drink festivals. With so many taking place year-round, there’s always something new and exciting to try. For example, check out the National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City, the National Asparagus Festival in Oceana County or the National Cereal Festival in Battle Creek. And if you’re looking for a global culinary adventure, the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival is the place to be. Sip and savor the best of Michigan’s craft beer and wine industries, while indulging in delicious fare from around the world. Come hungry and leave happy at Michigan’s amazing food and beverage festivals.
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Michigan Good Food Fund
Michigan Good Food Fund invests in food and farm entrepreneurs across the state, offering flexible financing and tailored business assistance that supports vibrant, equitable communities.
Michigan Wine Collaborative
The Michigan Wine Collaborative (MWC) enhances the sustainability and profitability of the Michigan wine industry by supporting wineries, growers, other businesses and individuals connected to the industry.
Michigan Farmers Market Association
The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) is a statewide, member-based nonprofit supporting farmers markets and the farmers and vendors who sell there.
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Driving Innovation: Michigan’s Research and Development Landscape
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Community revitalization project in Merrill wins national recognition
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