Holland Tulip Festival

The annual Tulip Time Festival in Holland is quickly approaching. Festival dates are May 5-12, but due to warmer-than-usual temperatures in Michigan this spring, the tulips are expected to be in peaking in mid April. The Tulip Time Festival website is encouraging Tulip lovers to “Come Early For The Tulips, Come Back For The Festival!”

During the Festival, there is a luncheon with Governor Snyder (tickets are still available) and the Art in Bloom Competition that is held by Holland Area Arts Council. You’ll also find a parade, lots of music, and Dutch Heritage festivities.

For more information, please visit: The Tulip Time website.

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Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair

If you are in the Royal Oak area this weekend, you should check out the 40th Annual Outdoor Art Fair. The art fair will be held at Memorial Park (Corner of Woodward Avenue & 13 Mile Road) on Saturday, July 9, 10am – 6:00pm & Sunday, July 10, 10am – 5:00pm.

One hundred artists will be displaying an exciting variety of art which include ceramics, painting/prints, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, sculpture, wood, glass, leather, and mixed media.

Arts Beats and Eats

Mark your calendar for September 2 – 5 because you’ll want to attend this year’s Arts Beats and Eats in Royal Oak.  Already known for its top-ranking art fair, organizers of Oakland County’s premier festival are hungry for more recognition. They plan to unseat A Taste of Chicago, which had 70 vendors last year, as the country’s biggest foodie event.

The festival moved from Pontiac to Royal Oak in 2010, drawing about 423,000 visitors. A couple times entry gates were closed to accommodate the crowds. The larger festival footprint should give everyone more room, Witz said.

For More Information on the Festival, visit: http://www.artsbeatseats.com

Grand Traverse Pie Company

Grand Traverse Pie Company’s Cherry Crumb Pie was just named one of America’s Most Unforgettable Pies on YAHOO! Travel today.

Their Cherry Crumb Pie is made with Northern Michigan Montmorency tart cherries—locally grown in Traverse City. Yum!

Great job Grand Traverse Pie Company – Keep up the good work!

To read the rest of the article, click the link below.

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-37630360

Michigan Business Spotlight – McClure’s Pickles

Using their Great-Grandmother’s pickle recipe, McClure’s Pickles began making pickles in 2006.  They use local produce whenever possible and each pickle is hand sliced.  Soy and vegetable inks are used with chemical-free plating and are created using wind powered electricity for their labels.  McClure’s Pickles was started in 2006 just outside of Detroit.  Today, they also have a location in Brooklyn, NY.

For more information or retail locations, please visit: www.mcclurespickles.com

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Check out this week’s featured business: Bagger Dave’s

A Legend in the Making

Bagger Dave’s is known for their legendary burgers which are made from fresh, never frozen, beef.  Patrons can choose a Legend or create their own Legend from oodles of choices.   Fries are hand-cut daily and they also have Dave’s Sweet Potato Chips that are very tasty.  Although Bagger Dave’s is known for their legendary burgers, their most popular item is the Amazingly Delicious Turkey Black Bean Chili which has all-natural Michigan fresh ground turkey, fire-roasted tomatoes, onions, green peppers, a blend of secret spices, and sliced jalapeños.

Bagger Dave’s is very active in the local communities.  They have charity partners and school fundraising programs.  They believe that community giving is very important.  Bagger Dave’s also supports Michigan businesses whenever possible.  They serve the best Michigan-brewed beer on draught at all of their locations (4 on draught at a time).

Here is a list of the breweries that supply Bagger Dave’s with Michigan beer:

  • Dark Horse – Marshall
  • Founder’s – Grand Rapids
  • Bell’s Brewery – Kalamazoo
  • Arcadia Brewing Co. – Battle Creek
  • Ann Arbor Brewing Co. – Ann Arbor
  • New Holland Brewing Co. – New Holland
  • Keeweenaw Brewing – Houghton

Each location is decorated with old pictures of the city in which the restaurant resides.  This local flair is time-consuming to pull together, but makes each location unique and that much more interesting for patrons.  Bagger Dave’s has three locations: Ann Arbor, Berkley, and Novi.  A location in Brighton is in the works.

For more information or to visit a location, please visit:  www.baggerdaves.com.  You can also check out their facebook fan page:  Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burgers & Fries.