Traverse City Food & Wine: The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival introduces its first-ever Winemakers Party on Friday, June 21, 2013 to showcase one of the nation’s fastest-growing culinary destinations. Presented by BrittenLocal, this is an unprecedented opportunity to sample regional wines from 22 wineries and gourmet fare from seven of the area’s top restaurants.
The Party will be held from 6-9 pm under the big tent on the festival grounds at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City. Attendees can mingle with local winemakers from Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas as they each pour a specially selected wine and chat about their wine and the art of winemaking.
As the perfect culinary complement, seven of the area’s leading chefs are creating small plates inspired by the wine and fresh local ingredients. The impressive list includes Bistro Fou Fou/La Becasse, Black Star Farms, The Cooks’ House, Epicure Catering, Mission Table, The Riverside Inn and Trattoria Stella.
Master Sommelier Claudia Tyagi, one of only 20 women in the world to hold the highest Sommelier credential, will be attending the event to chat with guests about the wines. She describes the region’s cool-climate wines as sophisticated, nuanced and versatile that work very well at the table.
"Guests will partake of a wide array of quality Michigan wines," shares Tyagi, " and they'll get a sampling of the best dishes designed to work with the wines. It's a rare opportunity for people to taste fine food and wine pairings like this all in one swoop."
Tickets are $50 per person and includes eight wine tasting tickets and three small plate tickets, with additional plates and pours available. Tickets can be purchased online at traversecitywinefestival.com or by clicking below:
Entrance to the Winemakers Party is also included in the Wine Festival Weekend Pass. The cost of the weekend pass is $70 per person and gets you into both the Winemakers Party and the Wine & Art Festival featuring Rodriguez, the Detroit-born singer-songwriter whose powerful story is told in the Oscar-nominated Searching for Sugar Man. Click below to get your tickets now:
The Winemakers Party is presented by BrittenLocal, a division of Britten, Inc., leading provider of creative production services, event signage and large-format digital printing based in Traverse City, Michigan. Additional support is provided by food sponsor UpNorthLive and wine sponsor Cherry Capital Foods.