A Delicious Drive is Hungry Village Tours owner David Geen's first American culinary adventure, a six-hour journey loaded with delicious tastings and tours of artisan food producers in southwest Michigan. After meeting up with David at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts for a little history lesson on Michigan agriculture, we jumped into a 12-passenger van to explore local farms, creameries, wineries and restaurants. We like that the tour never covers more than 50 miles total, and we were never cooped up in the van for more than 15 minutes.
Featured stops vary tour to tour depending on availability and seasonality. We kicked off at Dee's Lakeshore Farm, sampling fresh strawberries, preserves and honey. Then it was off to Fenn Valley Vineyards to taste a few of the 36 varietals. After that, a tour of Pleasant Hill Farm, known for its organic blueberries and maple syrup, preceded a four-course lunch made with locally sourced ingredients at the Salt of the Earth restaurant. Next up was Fernwood Farm, where the owners' artwork received almost as much attention as the food. Our final sampling of the day was a wine and cheese pairing at Evergreen Lane Farms’ artisanal creamery. Like what you've tried? Participants have opportunities to purchase food items throughout the trip for sweet and savory souvenirs.
Delicious Drive tours run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and by appointment, May through October. The $75 price tag seems reasonable when you factor in the tours, transportation, food and wine samples, and lunch.