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MichiganCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

In Michigan, you'll find anything from artfully prepared five-star cuisine to mouth-watering, slow-cooked barbeque at an authentic roadhouse. Or Michigan cuisine might mean exquisite sorbet served dockside or rich and creamy Mackinac Island fudge. When the flavors amaze us and the meals in Michigan are impossible to forget, the dining experience is Pure Michigan.

— Michigan Cooking Schools —

Artisan Cooking School
Grand Haven 616-296-9200
At Artisan we offer many dining venues to help you understand what great cooking is all about. We will show you how to cook using the basic flavor blocks with the freshest and finest ingredients, learn culinary techniques, and how to take the mystery out of plating a spectacular dinner.
Chateau Chantal
Traverse City 231-223-4110
Take a hands-on cooking class lead by a professional chef, then sit down with your classmates to your own gourmet meal; or spend a leisurely day with us, walking the vineyard, taking an enlightening tour of the wine cellar, and learning about viticulture and the art of wine tasting.
Cooking with Dawn
Commerce Twp.
Chef Dawn offers a wide range of classes that include demo-style, hands-on, and interactive classes for groups, parties, and company team building events. Dawn offers monthly demo-style cooking classes at the Birmingham Community House, and hands-on private or group classes in her home or yours.
Food Dance
Kalamazoo 269-382-1888 website »
Food Dance is committed to building a thriving and sustainable local food system. It's about connection with people and places their food comes from. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, private dining space, catering and delivery. An on-site market offers amazing ingredients–humanely raised meats, artisan cheeses, fresh bread, and pastries.
Food For All Seasons
Ann Arbor 734-747-9099
Food For All Seasons provides the ingredients and culinary instructor. You supply the guests. Soon your guests will enjoy a four-course meal that they helped prepare. And no worries about the cleanup. Food For All Seasons will take care of that as well.
Le Chat Gourmet
Eaton Rapids
Le Chat Gourmet Culinary Arts offers a wide selection of “hands-on” cooking and baking classes where the students actively participate from food prep to the final plate presentation. All classes focus on the art of cooking, emphasizing the use of fresh ingredients thus assuring the best quality and flavor.
Learn Great Foods - Michigan
Petoskey 231-758-3407
Attending a Learn Great Foods agri-culinary tour and dinner, retreat weekend, or travel vacation is a special event, for your family, partner and yourself. You are giving yourself an opportunity to learn and enjoy your time, taking something back to the city and your everyday life.
Royal Oak 248-541-1414
From picnic foods to barbeque to pizza and quesadillas on the grill, the staff at Holiday Cooking School will show you how to create a bounty of summertime gourmet. Coming this fall, we’ll be opening our state-of-the-art cooking school facility to accommodate our growing lineup of classes.
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City 231-995-1700
Discover why Traverse City was recently named the #1 Foodie City in America. Meet new foodie friends, learn new cooking skills and get fresh ideas from local chefs and gourmet cooks with hands-on cooking classes in a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen.
Simply Good Kitchen
Royal Oak 248-543-9482
Simply Good Kitchen classes are formatted to help students understand and master the five basic cooking techniques: sauté, grill, roast, braise and poach. Shanny and Bill Apodaca believe that once you’ve mastered the basic five, you can cook anything your palate desires.
Sue Chef
Ada 616-676-0300
Sue Chef offers a series of recreational cooking classes for the home cook or self proclaimed "Foodie". Her classes are often demonstration based and held in restaurants or various locations throughout Grand Rapids. Her classes are designed to be fun yet informative.
Zingerman's Bakehouse
Ann Arbor
Founded in 1992, Zingerman's Bakehouse is one of the country's most respected artisanal bakeries. In 2006, we opened BAKE!, a school designed to share our passion for traditional methods and ingredients that gives home bakers the recipes, knowledge and confidence to recreate our renowned, old-world breads and pastries.

Taste What's Happening!

Imlay City Blueberry Festival

Imlay City
7/25/2014 - 7/26/2014
Enjoy hospitality, entertainment, arts & crafts, food court, beer tent, car show, parade, and fresh blueberries and pies.

Annual Summer Beer Festival

7/25/2014 - 7/26/2014
Over 600 beers from more than 65 Michigan craft breweries plus food and live music from a variety of Michigan bands.

Yale Bologna Festival

7/25/2014 - 7/27/2014
Celebrating a proud tradition of making first class bologna, with a street dance, fireworks, outhouse races, parade.

Fish Sandwich Festival

Bay Port
8/1/2014 - 8/3/2014
Entertainment, fireworks, bingo, the area's largest craft show and Bay Port Fish Sandwiches, an original creation in this small fishing community

Coloma Glad-Peach Festival

8/1/2014 - 8/3/2014
Parades, entertainment, arts and crafts, a car show, an antique tractor show, the Peach Pit Spit, fireworks and food, food, food!

National Blueberry Festival

South Haven
8/7/2014 - 8/10/2014
Featuring fish boil, blueberries, pancake breakfasts, chicken dinner, arts & crafts, live entertainment, pie eating contest, parade, and more.

Humungus Fungus Fest

Iron River
8/8/2014 - 8/10/2014
It's the largest mushroom pizza in the world! There will also be a parade, fireworks and other races, tournaments and competitions.

Ribs R&B Jazz Festival

8/8/2014 - 8/10/2014
Taste the latest grilled sensations prepared by our featured “Ribbers” - eat, drink, shop and revel in the festive atmosphere.

St. Johns Mint Festival

Saint Johns
8/8/2014 - 8/10/2014
Celebrate mint farming in Clinton County with arts & crafts, a flea market, food concessions, a parade, mint farm tours, entertainment and cars.

Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow

Harbor Springs
8/9/2014 - 8/10/2014
Annual Pow Wow features Native American dancing, drumming, food and crafts.

Danish Festival

8/14/2014 - 8/17/2014
Celebrate our Danish heritage in downtown Greenville with arts & crafts, music, ethnic foods, a parade, contests and much more.

Montrose Blueberry Festival

8/14/2014 - 8/17/2014
Blueberry pancake breakfast, medieval village, parades, tug of war, teen dance, fresh blueberries and blueberry pies, baked goods and ice cream.

Howell Melon Festival

8/15/2014 - 8/17/2014
Includes the Melon Ball, book sale, melon wine tasting, melon ice cream, rides, pancake breakfast, and much more.

Wild Blueberry Festival

8/15/2014 - 8/17/2014
Blueberry brunch, lots of great music, horse drawn wagon rides and an arts & crafts fair.

Annual Yassou! Grand Rapids Greek Cultural Festival

Grand Rapids
8/22/2014 - 8/24/2014
Celebration of Greek heritage featuring authentic Greek food, drink, shopping, live music and dancing

Michigan Bean Festival

8/29/2014 - 9/1/2014
Bean soup, Harvest Pot Luck, entertainment, bingo, Bean Creation contest, crafts, car show, and fireworks.

Michigan Peach Festival

8/30/2014 - 9/1/2014
The Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo includes parades, sports, carnival rides, craft show, food and fun for the whole family

Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival

Paw Paw
9/5/2014 - 9/7/2014
Wine tours, wine tasting tents, fireworks, parade, and the Grape Stomp. A "grape" time for everyone!

Posen Potato Festival

9/5/2014 - 9/7/2014
The harvest season is celebrated with free concerts, children's entertainment, a potato cooking contest

Art And Apples Festival

9/5/2014 - 9/7/2014
Fine art, performances, and homemade apple pies can be enjoyed by all.
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