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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.

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Depending on the season, some of the tours below might have sale prices too low to publish!

— 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!

Romancing the Riesling

Traverse City
The seven participating wineries will showcase a Riesling perfectly paired with a food offering and souvenir wine glass.

Winter Beer Festival

Comstock Park
2/26/2016 - 2/27/2016
More than 80 Michigan microbreweries and brew pubs will participate offering over 800 different beers to sample.

Annual Maple Sugar Festival

3/12/2016 - 3/13/2016
Sweet traditions and surprising additions! Pancake breakfast, kids' carnival, maple recipe contest, maple cotton candy, and hiking to sugar camp.

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival

4/21/2016 - 4/24/2016
Craft shows, entertainment, museums, tractor pulls, classic car and tractor displays, parades, chainsaw carving, and  train & pony rides.

Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival

4/22/2016 - 4/24/2016
The original Maple Syrup Festival in Michigan. Our syrup producers are selling syrup, candies, crème and the ever popular maple syrup cotton candy.

Great Lakes Cider & Perry Competition

Grand Rapids
4/22/2016 - 4/24/2016
More than one hundred different ciders and perries will be available for sampling from producers throughout the Great Lakes region.

National Morel Mushroom Festival

Boyne City
5/12/2016 - 5/15/2016
Mushroom hunt, food, music and recipes. Restaurants prepare exotic, morel-laden entrees, local songsters sing of the morel

World Expo of Beer

5/20/2016 - 5/21/2016
A beer tasting event with music, souvenirs and 50 breweries from 5 continents

Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival

6/9/2016 - 6/12/2016
Bavarian music by authentically dressed German bands, parades, rides and games, delicious German foods and desserts &ice-cold beer!

Annual Gizzard Fest

6/10/2016 - 6/12/2016
Many events including a gizzard eating contest, parade, antique tractor show, hot chick/rooster call, live entertainment, and much more.

National Cherry Festival

Traverse City
7/2/2016 - 7/9/2016
Known for its world-record tart cherry harvest, the region bursts with the flavor of cherries tucked into everything imaginable.

Addison Township Strawberry Festival

The 64th annual festival will have a parade, strawberry bake-off, car show, craft show and entertainment.

Manchester Chicken Broil

Serving 12,000 charbroiled chicken meals in four hours (about one meal every second), considered the largest event of its kind.

Summer Beer Festival

7/22/2016 - 7/23/2016
Over 600 beers from more than 65 Michigan craft breweries plus food and live music from a variety of Michigan bands.

Yale Bologna Festival

7/29/2016 - 7/31/2016
Celebrating a proud tradition of making first class bologna, with a street dance, fireworks, outhouse races, parade.

Fish Sandwich Festival

Bay Port
8/5/2016 - 8/7/2016
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

8/5/2016 - 8/7/2016
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
8/11/2016 - 8/14/2016
Featuring fish boil, blueberries, pancake breakfasts, chicken dinner, arts & crafts, live entertainment, pie eating contest, parade, and more.

Ribs R&B Jazz Festival

8/12/2016 - 8/14/2016
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
8/12/2016 - 8/14/2016
Celebrate mint farming in Clinton County with arts & crafts, a flea market, food concessions, a parade, mint farm tours, entertainment and cars.
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