After Woody and I visited the Sarah Hardy Farmers Market in Traverse City and the Suttons Bay Farmers Market, we kept heading north for our main destination of the day: The Leland Wine & Food Festival!
Leland is another cute little Northern Michigan town on the Lelanau Peninsula. When you think of wine in the US, you probably think of Sonoma or maybe the Finger Lakes region in New York, but let me tell you, Michigan has a really successful, and growing, wine industry. As of March of this year, there were 14,600 acres of vineyards in Michigan and 71 commercial wineries producing "cool climate" wines.
The day was very overcast and scattered thunderstorms were possible, but people Up North don't let a little rain scare them away from a good party with great wine! We weren't sure what to expect, so we were thrilled as we drove into town and saw cars parked everywhere and lines of people streaming towards Fishtown (the historic area where the festival was held)! Two types of tickets were available - $12 for a wine glass and two wine tickets, $7 for non-drinkers who wanted to try the food and enjoy the music. You could tell who had been there before, they brought chairs and staked out spots to sit with their friends and family for the afternoon.