9 Food and Wine Events to Experience at Black Star Farms in July

Experience elegant Harvest Dinners, casual farmstead fare, pasta nights, wine tours and more at Black Star Farms‘ 160-acre winery estate in Suttons Bay. 

The iconic Northern Michigan winery has two locations in the Traverse City area. The Leelanau Peninsula estate in Suttons Bay is home to rolling vineyards, an award-winning winery and tasting room, luxury inn, farm-to-table cafe, equestrian facility and hiking trails. Black Star Farms Old Mission is nestled among the scenic hills of M-37, just a few miles from downtown Traverse City, with vineyards, a state-of-the-art processing facility and a friendly tasting room (the bar is constructed of wine barrels!). These Northern Michigan events are hosted at the Suttons Bay estate. 

Black Star Farms Estate & Wine Tasting Tour

Go behind the scenes and experience Black Star Farms Suttons Bay in a whole new way. This 45-minute guided tour takes visitors through the breathtaking property. Learn about the history of the estate and the journey from grape to glass. Then enjoy a premium tasting of Black Star Farms’ internationally award-winning wines, ciders and spirits.

Event Dates: July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29

Black Star Farms Premium Wine & Cheese Tasting

Looking for an elevated tasting experience that’s catered to you? This guided table-service tasting includes six wines chosen to compliment your palate, along with a souvenir glass and artisan cheese board with house-made crackers, spicy nut mix and chocolate. Sip, nibble and excite your senses in the heart of wine country. (Accepting parties of 2–8 people.)

Event Dates: July 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31

Black Star Farms Pasta Night

Bring your family and friends for a shared dining experience at Hearth & Vine Café at Black Star Farms. Share stories and memories over classic pasta dishes served family style. 

Menu: Caesar Salad with Cheesy Focaccia Sticks and Dipping Sauce // Spaghetti and Meatballs • Chicken Alfredo • Pasta Primavera // Chocolate and Pistachio Cannolis

Event Dates: July, 8, 15, 22, 29 

Black Star Farms BBQ On The Patio

What says summer more than an outdoor BBQ with friends and family? Hearth & Vine Café is grilling up your favorites. Relax on the patio with a glass of wine. 

Menu: Sliced Beef Brisket • Quartered Chicken • Burgers and Hot Dogs // Green Salad • Potato Salad • Cheddar Biscuits • BBQ Sauces // Apple Pie Ala Mode • Brownie Ala Mode

Event Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 

Black Star Farms Seafood Paella Night

It’s more than a meal, it’s an experience! Take in the savory aromas while Black Star Farms’ chef prepares paella right on the patio for you. The recipe features Prince Edward Island mussels, Middleneck clams, jumbo shrimp, Spanish chorizo, chicken, English peas and roasted red peppers. Have little ones who don’t like seafood? The kids’ menu featuring cheese pizza and mac cheese will also be available.

Event Dates: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Black Star Farms Sunday Brunch

Make it a day! After brunch, explore the hiking trails, stop by the chef’s garden, visit the farm animals and go wine tasting. Your ticket includes juice, coffee, a Mimosa (or alcohol-free Mimosa) and brunch. A Bloody Mary Bar is available for an additional cost. View the full brunch menu here (it’s so good!).

Event Dates: July 7, 14, 21, 28 

Black Star Farms Cajun Shrimp Boil

The exact origin of the seafood boil is unclear. However, it’s believed that with the arrival of Cajun people from Maritime regions of Canada in the 1700s, one of the culinary traditions they brought with them was the seafood boil. Seafood boils are a true communal eating tradition that’s perfect for celebrating summer.

Menu: Large Shrimp • Andouille Sausage // Corn on the Cob • New Potatoes // Focaccia Bread Stick // White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Event Dates: July 11 & 25

Black Star Farms Harvest Dinner In The Vineyard

These memorable wine-paired culinary experiences are inspired by the best local, seasonal ingredients sourced from Northern Michigan’s finest farms. This month’s menu pays homage to local honey and, of course, cherries. Guests dine al fresco in the lush estate vineyard with views of Grand Traverse Bay. Note, tickets are limited to 50 guests.

Event Date: July 10

Black Star Farms Great Lakes Fish Boil

Legend has it that Scandinavians brought fish boils to early settlements around Lake Michigan, and Black Star Farms continues the tradition today. The evening begins with a short presentation of the history of Great Lakes fish boils followed by the spectacular boil-off signaling the fish is done. Dinner is enjoyed in the dining room or on the patio. Bring your family and visit the farm animals or explore the trails before or after the boil.

Menu: Fresh Lake Michigan fish, potatoes, corn on the cob, creamy coleslaw, house-made bread, seasonal cobbler

Event Date: July 18