I was invited to come up to the Traverse City Microbrew and Music Festival to add a beer and food component. WIth the craziness of a busy fest filled with lots of attractions, we knew there would be challenges to a sit-down dinner or educational presentation.
When I heard they were creating a small campus of food trucks, featuring the latest development in Traverse City food scene, I came up with an idea, which was guided Beer and Food tours.
Last night, I took two different groups of 8-10 people on a walking tour of the food trucks, while pulling a wagon that had growlers of beer on ice from various featured breweries. I selected food items in advance, and chose beers that I thought would pair nicely. We arrived at each food truck, they provided sample sized bites, and we hung out in the Summer air and talked about flavor.
The few logistical hurdles were overcome, and overall I felt it went over swimmingly. I enjoyed the pairings, and conversation.
Here are last night's pairings, for those of you returning to the fest today. (VIPs at 3 pm, Public at 4 pm) I'm also offering 3 more tours today (Saturday). Come on by the Beervangelist Tent where I have books and New Holland Schwag for sale. I'll likely repeat some pairings and try a few new ones. I also may adjust the times slightly, so come on by to reserve a spot by signing up on the list. They are complimentary (FREE), courtesy of the TCMMF, the CherryT Ball and the Beervangelist.
Friday's Food Truck Pairings:
Truck: Roaming Harvest
Food: Blackened Whitefish Tacos, Cumin Cilantro Slaw, Sriracha Sour Ceam
Beer: Paleooza, New Holland Brewing Company - Holland, MI
Truck: Siren Hall
Food: Crispy Cheese and Potato Pierogies with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream
Beer: Oktoberfest - Schmohz Brewing - Grand Rapids
Truck: Michigan Venison Company
Food: Mushroom & Onion Whitetail Bratwurst
Beer: Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, OH
Truck: Harbor 22
Food: Spring Roll: Asian Slaw, Grilled Chicken Breast, Thai Peanut Sauce
Beer: Maracaibo Brown, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Dexter, MI
Beer: Farmhouse Hatter, New Holland Brewing, Holland, MI
Truck: Dragon Wagon by Red Ginger
Food: Thai Tacos, Pork with thai herbs and lime crema
Beer: Peach Basil, Dark Horse Brewing, Marshall, MI
Truck: Bay Town
Food: Fettucine Bolognaise
Beer: Northern Hawk Owl, Right Brain Brewery, Traverse City, MI
Truck: Seeds Woodfired Pizza
Food: Shitake Mushroom Pizza
Beer: Bentley Oatmeal Stout, Filling Station Brewery, Traverse City, MI
Come by and visit, buy a book or take a tour!