Arts & Eats Tour 2015, Southwest Michigan
Arts & Eats Tour 2015 - www.artsandeats.org
Join us and take a free self-guided southwest Michigan backroads color tour while enjoying our area's Arts and Eats attractions throughout portions of Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Kent and Van Buren Counties.
This tour is a unique opportunity for people to visit farms that may not normally be open to the public. Savor amazing seasonal fare at some 14 participating restaurants, where chefs use their creative culinary talents to pull together fabulous menu items – featuring local products – for tour-goers.
See artists creating in their studios, visit working farms that grow the food we eat and fiber we wear, and then savor our local fare by stopping in to eat at restaurants that serve locally grown food!
Participants can also experience local foods both at the farms where the food is grown and area restaurants. Nine area farms that grow the food that we eat or that grow the fiber we wear are participating this year.
“The idea driving Arts & Eats is to invite tourists to explore rural artists, agricultural venues and restaurants, all the while soaking in our beautiful fall scenic landscape” . It also supports the area’s rich agricultural and arts communities, which are economic drivers to our local economy.
Arts and Eats was introduced in 2011 by the Barry County Tourism Council and has been joined by the Allegan County Tourist Council, along with other partner organizations, including the Barry County Chamber of Commerce, Hastings Public Library, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Promote Michigan, Thornapple Arts Council, and area artists, studios, and eateries.