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The Foodie Culture of Traverse City, Michigan, by Stephen Goettle

September 10, 2012 Leave a comment

One of America’s favorite vacation spots, Traverse City, Michigan, provides many choices for “foodies.” Its restaurants offer culinary selections to suit any palate. The Grand Traverse Pie Company produces 27 different types of fruit pie, with several variations on common fillings. The city prides itself on the multitude of specialty artisan shops that feature such foods as cured meats, gourmet popcorn, cheeses, homemade ice creams, and fresh-baked bread. Invested in its foodie culture, the town’s official website, TraverseCity.com, publishes a “Self-Guided Foodie Tour” that takes people through its best eateries.

In addition to these shops, every year, the city hosts a weeklong National Cherry Festival where people can buy hundreds of different cherry-based foods, including chocolate-covered cherry pits and cherry-infused soda, wine, mustard, meats, and barbecue sauce.

Breweries also constitute a major portion of the region’s specialties. Short’s Brewery Company develops beers utilizing chocolate, licorice, coffee, orange peel, and a variety of flavors depending on the season. Traverse City’s northern peninsulas serve as its wine country and feature over two dozen wineries complete with tasting rooms. For those who just want to relax, the 125-year-old Sleder’s Family Tavern provides a social atmosphere in a historic setting.

Traverse City contains many more attractions beyond its renowned food and drink. The area’s multiple options for relaxation and outdoor activities include watersports and sailing, as well as golf and hiking destinations.

About the author:

Stephen Goettle serves as an Associate in the Financial Services division at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He often enjoys vacationing in the Traverse City area during the summer.