Traverse City Events: Traverse City has been known to host celebrities like Mario Batali, Michael Moore, and Madonna. We are one of the gourmet capitals of the world, and have been voted a "Best Summer Destination 2012" by National Geographic. But Traverse City's star power started building a long time ago thanks to one of our most giving citizens-- Colantha Walker. Colantha is credited with producing more than 22,918 pounds of milk in 1926 (making her the highest milk producer in the world!) but in Traverse City history she was more than a mass milk producer, she was a friend and symbol of pride.
This Saturday, June 10, 2012, celebrate both Colantha and the renewal of the Village of Grand Traverse at the 3rd Annual Dairy Festival. Held at the Grand Traverse Commons, the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free, and the wide variety of fun activities ensure appeal for the entire family.
The Traverse City Fire Department, Local 646, will be serving up delicious Pancakes & Bacon, Coffee, Juice, and Moomers Milk to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. $4/adult; $2/kid portion.
Find fresh fruits, veggies & herbs, cheeses, eggs, bread, honey, sweets, and other goodies straight from the farm!
There will be plenty of options for the whole family, inside & out: Moomers, Left Foot Charley's Right Foot BBQ, Higher Grounds, The Underground Cheesecake Company, Mana, Sweet Asylum, TASTES of Black Star Farms, Shetler Family Dairy, Lil Bo, Cuppa Joe, Trattoria Stella, Zakey & Spanglish. Yum!
Peruse the Piazza for handmade treasures that you simply must have...or head inside to find a bargain or two in The Mercato shops.
Watch or join in on fitness demonstrations all day, including Yoga, Tai Chi, TRX Suspension Training, Boxing, Belly Dance, & Zumba! Schedule TBA.
Kids of all ages can have fun with art activities from KidzArt, trail tours with HumaNature School, martial arts lessons from ATA Blackbelt Academy, Milk & Cookie Pairings, Face Painting, and a Baby Animal Zoo.
Ruby John 10am-Noon
The Accidentals 1-3pm
Stroll along with the Dairy Queen (Evelyn Shelagowski), and the Dairy Princess (Jenna Gale) to Traverse Colantha Walker's resting place by the Historic Barns. Hey kids! Get your kazoos from The Underground Cheesecake Company, so you can play along with the Second Time Arounders during the parade! Are you coming in costume...? It 'll be fun!
*The round-trip parade walk is 1 mile.
Hop on the Cow Cart, and tale a scenic ride around the Village Campus and the Historic Barns area.
Enjoy three cheeses paired with five wines for $10. There will also be Juice & Cheese Pairings for $5, so the kiddos can do tastings along with Mom & Dad!
Stop into TASTES of Black Star Farms in The Mercato to try these decadent pairings for $6 each.
The Recycle Ranger will be here to teach you what you can recycle, how to recycle, and how recycling and composting can help to make the world a better place to live. Meet in the Kid's Korner.
Find more information about the Dairy Festival online!