For a solid overview of what's happening on the regional food scene, head to the Taste of Muskegon for two blocks worth of specialties from many of the area’s most popular eateries. Restaurants set up tents and sell sample plates of food ranging from $1 to $5 ($4 to $5 is the most common price point). Visitors can feel good about eating up; proceeds benefit Downtown Muskegon Now!—a nonprofit group dedicated to revitalizing the local district.
Taste of Muskegon sets up at Hackley Park, a new location for 2013, creating a fun street fair vibe. For two days in mid June, chefs at the event cook a range of goodies, including BBQ, hot dogs, sliders, Indian cuisine, Greek pastries, pasta, desserts and more. Thirsty? Beer and wine samples flow at the Taste Garden for a $1 ticket each. At least eight Michigan wineries make annual showings; all pour several varietals, and more Michigan microbreweries are coming on board each year. Food-expo stages, cooking demos, a car show and other ancillary activities fill days.