Foodie Fave Friday: ‘Taste in Fenton’ Falls on July 30

EventPhotoFull_Taste in Fenton Sponsor LogoFrom cake pops to smoked pulled pork sliders, there will be something for everyone at “Taste in Fenton” next week.

Based out of the Fenton Community and Cultural Center, the July 30th event will offer food sampling and music in addition to a kids zone, raffle, pie eating contest and beer stein holding contest.

Participating restaurants will be offering taste-sized portions of the following menu items:

  • Beale St. Smokehouse BBQ
    • Smoked Pulled Pork Slider
    • Memphis Style Ribs
    • Sweet Northern Corn Bread
  • Biggby Coffee
    • Menu Coming Soon
  • Crust
    • Menu Coming Soon
  • Spring Meadows Country Club
    • Honey Chipotle Pulled Pork Slider
    • Smoke Salmon Crostini
    • Cake Pops
  • Tami’s Sweet Treats
    • Homemade Buttered Noodles
    • Caramel Corn
    • Assorted Cookies
  • Fun With Frosting
    • Gourmet Cupcakes
    • Cake Push-Pops
  • Legend’s Sports Café
    • Pizza Slice
    • Wings
    • Baked Mac & Cheese
  • The Laundry
    • Menu Coming Soon
  • Tropical Smoothie Café
    • Smoothies

Tickets will be sold at the event for $15. Those purchased in advance of the event are available online for $10/person.

For more information about Taste in Fenton, which runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., click here.

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Where to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day in Flint & Genesee

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National Ice Cream Day falls on July 19 this year, and Genesee County Parks is ready to celebrate. From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the staff at Bluebell Beach in Flint will be making homemade ice cream to share with the public.

Whether or not you can make it out to this free event (which will also feature a bounce house and live music from the Saints of Soul Band!), there are plenty of places you can grab an ice cream cone in Genesee County. To name a few, there’s:

Who are we missing? Share your favorites in the comments below!

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Foodie Fave Friday: Flint’s Ground Floor Market Offers Grab-n-go Convenience

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There’s a new breakfast/lunch option in downtown Flint, but there’s no need to call ahead for carryout.

Located in the Dryden Building, at 601 S. Saginaw St., Ground Floor Market is a grab-n-go convenience store that offers just about everything you could need for a quick snack, breakfast or lunch.

Not only does the small store carry on-the-go basics like gum, coffee and chips, it also sells baked goods from Crust Bakery and sandwiches and salads from The Laundry, which are freshly prepared each morning in Fenton.

The store is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more info, click here or call (810) 547-5591.​​

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ArtWalk, Bastille Day Race to Take Over Fenton on Saturday

550_1_FentonArtWalk2015SaveDate(1)More than 1,500 people are expected to attend The Laundry’s Bastille Day 5K Run/Walk and 15K Run in Fenton on Saturday, July 11.

Now in its 14th year, the Bastille Day race raises about $10,000 to $15,000 annually in support of Genesee County’s Habitat for Humanity. The 5K race winds through the neighborhoods surrounding downtown Fenton, and the 15K run is challenging and hilly, according to event officials.

Running in conjunction with the race will be the 5th Annual Fenton ArtWalk, which will run from 11 a.m.  to 4 p.m. along Leroy Street in downtown Fenton.

As part of the free community event, local and regional artists will display their work inside participating businesses and at local organizations. New this year, the Fenton Community and Cultural Center, or FCCC, will host a fine art exhibit displaying each artist’s work.

Visitors can participate in the “Peoples Choice” voting for contests including:

  • Downtown Merchant Window Decor
  • Artzy Hat Prize Competition at FCCC
  • Fine Art Exhibit at FCCC
  • Billmeier Camera Photo Contest at FCCC

For more information or to register for the Bastille Day races, click here.

To learn more about Fenton ArtWalk, click here.

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4 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Flint & Genesee

fireworks-1758_640The Fourth of July is fast approaching. Here are four festivals and fireworks displays that will keep area residents and visitors entertained this week.

Flint’s Carnival and Fireworks Display, July 2-5
Downtown Flint’s Entertainment District, Saginaw Street

Enjoy four days of family fun in downtown Flint with carnival rides, vendors and more. Fireworks are scheduled for Friday evening.

Clio Family Fun Day, July 4
Clio City Park, 402 N. Mill Street, Clio

The 33rd annual celebration will begin at 2 p.m. with a flag raising ceremony and end with a fireworks display at dusk.

Fenton Freedom Festival, July 4
Fenton Community & Cultural Center, 150 S. Leroy Street, Fenton

The 25th annual celebration will feature a pancake breakfast, parade, 5K race and fun run/walk, food vendors, rubber ducky race, classic car display, arts and crafts and more.  A fireworks display, set to music, will light up the sky at Silver Lake Park starting at dusk. The event runs from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks in Montrose, July 4
Montrose Township Barber Park, 11410 Seymour Road

Hosted by the Montrose Patriots Club, the event will include a petting zoo, the launching of sky lanterns, concessions, music and entertainment. Residents can purchase a lantern for $5 at the Farmers’ Market on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. or at M-57 Aggregate in downtown Montrose.

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Drink Up: July is Craft Beer Month in Michigan

A glimpse of the selection at the Fenton Winery & Brewery

A glimpse of the selection at the Fenton Winery & Brewery

Those looking to celebrate Michigan’s Craft Beer Month in July won’t have to travel far. The brew is bubbling all over Flint & Genesee at breweries and wineries including:

  1. Almar Orchards in Flushing: With more than 30 varieties of apples, Almar produces one of the best tasting apple ciders, J.K.’s Scrumpy Farmhouse Organic.
  2. Fenton Winery & Brewery: Founded in 2007, Fenton Winery & Brewery began as a typical winery featuring 15 wines and a tasting bar. It now offers a variety of beers on tap and over 20 wine choices (three on tap) with a steady rotation of seasonal wines and specialties.
  3. The Laundry in Fenton: Not only does The Laundry feature 100 classic and house cocktails at their full bar, Lynchpin Beer Company brews right onsite, specializing in Lynchpin taps, seasonal brews and growlers.
  4. The Red Baron Brew Pub & Tap Room in Burton: The Red Baron offers 56 beers on tap that are meticulously maintained for all to enjoy featuring a small selection brewed by Red Baron, itself, such as a Chocolate Vanilla Crème Stout and a Naughty Eskimo IPA.
  5. Redwood Brewing Company – Redwood Steakhouse Brewery & Grill in Flint: Part of Flint’s Redwood Steakhouse, Redwood Brewing Co. has been brewing award-winning beer since 1996.
  6. Spicer Orchards & Carriage House Cellars Winery and Tasting Room in Fenton: Taste a selection of wine and/or hard cider by the glass while enjoying lunch, or a romantic setting, on the patio overlooking the beauty of the apple orchard.
  7. Tenacity Brewing in Flint: Located in one of Flint’s downtown old fire stations. Come taste some extraordinary and creative beer brewed with pride in Flint.

Genesee County also is home to at least one hops farm – an ingredient vital to crafting beer. The 55-acre Top Hops Farm in Atlas Township yielded 6,300 pounds of hops in 2014. Hops from the farm have been used in brews at several Michigan restaurants and breweries, including Redwood Brewing in Flint and Fenton Winery & Brewery.

For more information about Genesee County’s breweries and wineries, click here.

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River Fest Brings Regatta, Raffles to Fenton’s Bush Park

11401533_1635049790043589_7190746069171970893_nThe “Keepers of the Shiawassee” will host the first annual River Fest Sunday, June 28 at Bush Park in Fenton. In addition to offering live music all day, the fundraiser will also feature raffles, kayak demos, paddle board yoga demos and a rubber ducky race.

Participants are encouraged to bring out their best homemade canoes and kayaks (made strictly of cardboard and duct tape) for a regatta that kicks off at 1 p.m. Registration begins at noon.

Proceeds will benefit the Keepers, a “grassroots” river development organization that aims to preserve the Shiawassee River and the communities along its course.

The festival, which runs from noon to 6 p.m., will follow a river cleanup on Saturday. Volunteers are needed to pick up trash and cut trees that have fallen in the river. The cleanup will go to Torrey Road, just before US-23. Meet at Bush Park at 8 a.m.

For more information about the Keepers or the River Fest, www.facebook.com/FOSRiver or www.shiawasseeriver.org.

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