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Events and Festivals

We revel at the thought of our hometown heritage and celebrate the unexpected in all that is art. Harbor Country fills a calendar with its many reasons for a festival or unique event.

Each year we look forward to winter activities including the HCPAI Birdhouse Auction in January and the February Chocolate Classic. In April we celebrate the arts and spring with the Art Attack tour. Summer kicks off with the Annual Flag Day Celebration, and Artigras, followed by Ship & Shore and Harvest Days.

Our website is updated regularly with activities and events held at the eclectic array of venues in Harbor Country. If the weekend seems way too quiet, you might not be looking hard enough.
All times are Michigan time (ET) unless otherwise noted
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Saturday Seminar Series

Jan 24, 2015
Time: 03:30 PM To 04:30 PM
Location: Marina Grand Resort
Phone: 269-469-9900

Lead by the charming and knowledgeable beverage experts at Bentwood Tavern, explore Michigan's finest breweries along with premier wineries from around the globe. The perfect mix of fun and information, grab a friend and say cheers!

Admission of $8 includes eight tastings and savory snacks. Tastings begin promptly at 3:30pm. For reservations, call 269.469.9900.

Featured  beers:
Founders Brewing Company | Grand Rapids, MI

Harvest Ale
Dark Penance Black IPA
Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale
Big Lushious Stout

Featured wines:
Walnut City Wineworks | Willamette Valley & Chehalem Mountain, OR

2013 Pinot Gris
2012 Chardonnay
2012 Pinot Noir
Bernard Machado 2007 Pinot Noir

Wine Tasting, Small Plates

Jan 24, 2015
Time: 02:00 PM To 04:00 PM
Location: Elm St Bistro, 8 S Elm St, Three Oaks
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Contact: Stacey James
Phone: 269-756-9274

You get a say in this! Join us for a fun afternoon of tasting and voting. 

Our wine expert, Debbie Bowzer, of Great Lakes Wines & Spirits, will share her vast knowledge of red wines.Your input will help us in selecting what goes on our new wine list!

$25 includes several wines and appetizers. Space is limited, reservations required the Sunday before the event.

Spire Pop-Up Dinner at Journeyman Distillery

Jan 24, 2015
Time: 07:00 PM
Location: Journeyman Distillery, 109 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, MI
Contact: Nick Yoder

Journeyman Distillery will be hosting a pop-up dinner from Spire Farm-to-Fork Cuisine. Tickets for the 8 course dinner are $75 and are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1080226

Menu

First: Amuse Bouche 
Second: Potato, Bacon, Rosemary, and Cheddar Flatbread
Third: Endive Salad with Orange, Walnut, and Dill Vin.
Fourth: Red Beet and Blue Cheese Risotto
Fifth: Sea Scallop, Pistachio Vinaigrette, Carrots
Sixth: Pork Medallion, Cider Jus, Celery Root Puree
Seventh: Lemon Thyme Sorbet
Finale: Fig and Mascarpone Tart

Winter Delights: A Festival of Wine, Food, and Jazz

Jan 24, 2015
Time: 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Region: Neighbor of Harbor Country
Location: Lake Michigan College Mendel Center
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Contact: Tonya Martindale
Phone: (269) 927-8604

Turn those winter blues into a sensory celebration!

Enjoy an evening of sampling some of the best wines from across the state, local cuisine, and live entertainment from Chicago-based singer-songwriter Pat McKillen. Winery participants are still being scheduled; see the list of wineries involved in 2015. Join us for a wonderful evening sure to provide some soothing mid-winter relief.

Must be 21 to enter
Saturday, January 24, 2015
5 – 9 pm
Mendel Center – Grand Upton Hall

Tickets: $35 advanced/$40 at the door
Admission includes festival glass, 10 wine tastings, $10 of food tickets and an evening of entertainment.
Designated Driver tickets are also available online.

Purchase your tickets online today!

Sweetness of Harbor Country

Jan 30, 2015
Time: 06:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Location: Skip's Restaurant, 16710 Lakeshore Rd, New Buffalo
Contact: Rhonda
Phone: 269-469-3341

This spectacular event includes a chocolate fountain, ice sculptures, and delicious appetizers. Taste and vote for your favorite entry in the Chocolate Classic Bake-off! This menagerie of chocolate goodies showcases some of the best chefs and chocolate bakers in the area. If that’s not sweet enough, several Harbor Country businesses will be on hand to share their creations and services. Gather with other chocolate lovers, for what’s certain to be a very fun evening!

Admission: $22 includes lots of goodies. Cash bar available. 

Saturday Seminar Series

Jan 31, 2015
Time: 03:30 PM To 04:30 PM
Location: Marina Grand Resort
Phone: 269-469-9900

Lead by the charming and knowledgeable beverage experts at Bentwood Tavern, explore Michigan's finest breweries along with premier wineries from around the globe. The perfect mix of fun and information, grab a friend and say cheers!

Admission of $8 includes eight tastings and savory snacks. Tastings begin promptly at 3:30pm. For reservations, call 269.469.9900.

Featured  beers:
Founders Brewing Company | Grand Rapids, MI

Harvest Ale
Dark Penance Black IPA
Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale
Big Lushious Stout

Featured wines:
Walnut City Wineworks | Willamette Valley & Chehalem Mountain, OR

2013 Pinot Gris
2012 Chardonnay
2012 Pinot Noir
Bernard Machado 2007 Pinot Noir

Hot Chocolate Bar & Chocolate Dessert Tastings

Feb 6 - 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM To 03:00 PM
Region: Sawyer
Location: Sawyer Home and Garden Center, 5865 Sawyer Rd, Sawyer
Phone: 269-426-8810

Chocolate delights galore. Cozy up to the hot cocoa bar and come back for delicious chocolate dessert tastings. Check out our fresh produce and wine selection room.

Chocolate Demo with Jackie

Feb 7 - 21, 2015
Time: 03:00 PM To 05:00 PM
Location: Jackie's Cafe, 801 W Buffalo St, New Buffalo
Phone: 269-469-1800

Delight in the wonders of dessert making with Chef Jackie as she demonstrates her Brandy & Grand Marnier Truffles along with her famous Chocolate Bag. Her Chocolate Bag is a rich chocolate "bag" filled with Belgian white chocolate mousse, fresh berries and a house-made raspberry sauce. Reservations required.

Tasting! Coffee & Chocolate

Feb 7 - 21, 2015
Time: 03:00 PM To 05:00 PM
Location: David's Deli, 30 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo
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Phone: 269-469-7177

Join us for a coffee and chocolate tasting! Discover the nuances of single origin coffees and chocolates from around the world. We also serve homemade pastries, sandwiches and soups!

Tasting fee: $5

Mardi Gras Brunch

Feb 8, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM To 02:30 PM
Location: Marina Grand Resort, 600 W Water St, New Buffalo
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Contact: Joanne Abele

Come and enjoy a delicious brunch featuring New Orleans favorites, live music and more.

Adults $30 and children $15

Wine & Chocolate Pairing

Feb 8, 2015
Time: 02:00 PM To 03:00 PM
Location: Elm St Bistro, 8 S Elm St, Three Oaks
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Contact: Stacey
Phone: 269-756-9274

Spirit of curiosity and delicious discovery! Enjoy and learn the nuances of chocolate and wine pairings. 

Class fee: $20 per person. Register early as space is limited.

Chocolate enhanced beverages will be featured throughout the month of February. 

Come back on February 22 for the Beer and Chocolate pairings! Yum!

Chocolate & Tour the Inn

Feb 20 - 21, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM To 05:00 PM
Location: Lakeside Inn, 15251 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeside
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Phone: 269-469-0600

Lift your spirits! Stop by and taste delicious Lindt chocolates or warm up with a complimentary cup of hot chocolate. While you're here, tour the ballroom and take a peek at one of the 30 guest rooms in this Michigan Historical Landmark!

Beer and Chocolate Pairings!

Feb 22, 2015
Time: 02:00 PM To 03:00 PM
Location: Elm St Bistro, 8 S Elm St, Three Oaks
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Contact: Stacey
Phone: 269-756-9274

Spirit of curiosity and delicious discovery! Enjoy and learn the nuances of chocolate paired with beer...you'll be pleasantly surprised. 

Class fee: $20 per person. Register early as space is limited.

Chocolate enhanced beverages will be featured throughout the month of February. 

Chocolate Classic Soiree

Feb 26, 2015
Time: 06:00 PM To 08:00 PM
Location: Timothy's Restaurant, 16220 Lakeshore Rd, Union Pier
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Phone: 269-469-5409

Mark your calendar for the Chocolate Soiree hosted by the Chocolate Classic Committee! Light appetizers, cash bar and some fine mingling amongst fellow chocolate-lovers. 

Admission: one non-perishable food item or cash donation, to benefit the Harbor Country Food Pantry.

Stay for dinner and choose from Timothy's 10 for $10  menu - select from ten entrees priced at $10 each. (Dinner reservations are recommended,) Ph.269-469-0900

 

David's Deli Annual Corned Beef Off

Mar 15, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM To 06:00 PM
Region: New Buffalo
Location: David's Deli 30 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo, MI 49117
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Contact: Emma
Phone: 269-469-7177

This year David's Deli celebrates St. Patrick's Day on Sunday, March 15, David’s will host the annual "Corned Beef Off". Featuring briskets from five different purveyors, David's is asking New Buffalo and Harbor Country to vote for their favorite.

For five dollars, tasters can enjoy all-you-can-eat corned beef sandwiches and a bottle of Green River to wash it all down. Sandwiches will be served at 11:00 am, and will continue throughout the afternoon until supplies run out.