Arts, Beats and Eats Returns!
If there's one festival over Labor Day weekend that we highly recommend you attend, it's Arts, Beats and Eats. The take over of much of Washington Avenue includes plenty of restaurants and multiple stages for live music. Headliners this year include Mayer Hawthorne and the County, Morris Day and the Time and G. Love and Special Sauce. Restaurants participating include Gemmayze, Mitchell's Fish Market, Pronto! and What Crepe. Over the course of 3 days it MIGHT be possible to hit all of the restaurants and vendors AND see some really great music, so plan ahead and make your way down to Royal Oak Labor Day weekend.
Plymouth Restaurant Week
Restaurant weeks are happening everywhere around metro Detroit. This time around our friends in Plymouth are getting in on the action. Ten different restaurants offering prix fixe dining options with plenty of wine and/or beer specials to go along with them. E.G. Nicks, Panache 447, O'Callaghans, Zin Wine Bar, Nico & Vali, Compari's, Flamma, Sardine Room, Ironwood and Penn are the participating restaurants. If you've never been down to Plymouth, restaurant week is the best possible time. Restaurant week runs 9/28 through 10/7.
Music, Motors and FOOD!
In addition to a classic car display and some amazing musical performances, you lucky folks will also have the opportunity to partake in a food truck rally at the Motors & Music Experience. It's only fitting to be able to combine food and motors at a festival like this, wouldn't you say? Check out some of the Motor City's finest food-on-wheels vendors: Cheese Dream, Treat Dreams, People's Pierogi and Detroit BBQ. Additionally, the Anchor Bar and Pink Flamingo will also have a presence at this fantastic festival. We hope you're ready...
As if our obsession with the Michigan Craft Beer industry was any more obvious, we're going to take a couple minutes to revisit what a damned good time we had at the 15th Annual Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti. We don't really need an excuse to gush about one of Michigan's blossoming industries of late, but we just happen love beer. And we're apparently not the only ones! Lines stretched as patrons waited for special releases from their favorite breweries. Bells made sure something special was featured on the hour (Black Note Stout at noon, Hopsolution Ale at 1 p.m., Roundhouse IRA at 2 p.m., and Black Note Stout again at 3 p.m.), as did Royal Oak Brewery, evidenced by brewmaster Tim Selewski giving the word that the latest keg was tapped. We're also especially grateful to our good buddy (and two-time participant in our annual Beer Cup) at Atwater Brewery, Matt Cebula, who made us hip to their Purple Gang Pilsner. We also fell victim to Short's In the Wheat of Passion, which was just one of nearly two dozen brews to choose from! We were also totally geeked to enjoy some SNO during the heat of the day (Milking It Productions' delightful new Belgian white). If you're like us, and we know you are, head on over to the Michigan Brewer's Guild website (michiganbrewersguild.org) and sign up to become an enthusiast member, start going to the breweries and prepare yourself for the Fourth Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival on 9/8 in Marquette, and let's all hope they announce another Eastern Market Beer Festival for 2012! | RDW