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It's Time: Tomorrow is Lake Michigan Shore Wine Fest at Weko Beach

2014-06-19T10:00:00Z It's Time: Tomorrow is Lake Michigan Shore Wine Fest at Weko Beach
June 19, 2014 10:00 am  • 

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival begins mid-day Saturday at Weko Beach; GR is extending the August Restaurant week to 12 days and July is national hot-dog month.

Coming Saturday the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival: Hard to believe that such an iconic event as the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival at Weko Beach is only celebrating its 9th year, but as Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council Diva Millicent Huminsky has frequently said, the event was a resounding success from the very beginning. The centerpiece of the Saturday Weko Beach party is the wine-tasting (samples and single glasses) of many locally-grown-and-produced varietals. Small wonder over 4,000 guests are expected to attend this weekend. Tasting tickets are $1: One ticket gets a sample and 5-7 tickets purchases a glass. There is also local cuisine available and a complete musical line-up including blues, pop/rock, rhythm(and blues) and (hopefully) a dazzling sunset. The festival begins at 1pm and ends at 10pm (ET). Live music includes: PS Dump Your Boyfriend (8:15pm); Lady Sunshine & the X Band (6:15pm); Duke Tumatoe (4:15pm); Slim Gypsy Baggage (2:45pm); Top Secret Band (1pm). Price of admission to the festival is $15 and includes a souvenir wine-tasting glass and children under 12 are free. Advance admission tickets are $10 and available at and Hardings Friendly Market at 3651 Shawnee Road in Bridgman.

August Dates for Restaurant Week in GR: Dates and participants for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014 were announced a few days ago and scheduled for harvest time in Michigan. This year Restaurant Week GR host 12 days of local 3-course menus at over 60 restaurants – from Wednesday, August 13 through Sunday, August 24 – adding an additional day for very fun and delicious event, which has traditionally spanned been 10 to 11 days.

The theme this year is “Perfect Pairings” and in addition to the 60 restaurant participants, there are beer, wine, spirits and coffee vendors working with the restaurants this year include GR Founders Brewing Co., Black Star Farms and Fenn Valley Michigan wineries and Simi Winery of Sonoma, California. Ferris Coffee and Nut are suggesting dessert pairings and Woodford Reserve is offering bourbon ideas.

The 60 restaurants currently signed on to feature 3-course menus for $28(and 2-person, 3-course menus for $28 at some restaurants) will online view starting the week of July 14 at At that time the public will also be able to book reservations directly with the restaurants participating.

Restaurant Week participating restaurants include:

Amore Trattoria Italiana, The Acorn Grill at Thousand Oaks Golf Course, Applebees (7 locations), Brann’s on Leonard, Bistro Bella Vita, Bagger Dave’s, The Bulls Head Tavern, Bobarino’s at the BOB, BOB’s Brewery, Blue Water Grill, Brewery Vivant, Bar Divani, Buffalo Wild Wings, CitySen Lounge, Cork Wine & Grille, Charley’s Crab, Cottage Bar and Restaurant, Cygnus 27, El Granjero Mexican Grill, FireRock Grille, Flat River Grill, Fajita Republic, Flat River Grill, Grove, Green Restaurant, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Grand Woods Lounge, The Green Well, Gilly’s at the BOB, HopCat, Houlihan’s, Judson’s Steakhouse, Kitchen 67, Licari’s Sicilian Pizza Kitchen, Lindo Mexico, The Mitten Brewing Company, Mangiamo!, McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon, One Trick Pony, Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine, Peppino’s Downtown, Pietro’s Italian Restaurant, The Pearl Street Grill, Rush Creek Bistro, Red’s on the River, Red Jet Café, Rose’s, Rockwell Republic, Railside Golf Club, River House Ada, Reserve Wine & Food, Stella’s Lounge, Speak EZ Lounge, San Chez Bistro,, Shiraz Grille, Spinnaker, Timber’s Inn Restaurant & Tavern, Terra GR, Tavern on the Square, Z’s Bar & Restaurant.

July Marks National Hot Dog Month: El Diablo Mustard is hitting in-boxes with the reminder that July 23rd is National Hot Dog day. “July is the peak month of hot dog consumption, with 155 million hot dogs roasted on July 4 alone. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans consume over 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day—that’s 818 hot dogs consumed each second! Although this tasty treat has many topping options, the hot dog’s most popular topping is mustard, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council,” El Diablo’s press release says.

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