Arts and Eats is a free self-driving tour of Allegan and Barry Counties and the surrounding rural region. Partner organizations collaborate to bring you quality experiences in art, local food, and agriculture in those little out-of-the-way places that beg to be discovered.
We invite people to discover our rural areas, forests, and towns by exploring back roads and out of the way places. Visit with local artisans in their studios, see working farms featuring specialty food crops, fiber, and heritage animals. Should hunger strike, stop in one of our local gems that serve food made with ingredients from area farms and producers.
Steve and Susan Schoenleber own the Hickory Rose Gallery, in Hickory Corners and participated in a tremendous weekend with the Arts and Eats Tour. The Schoenlebers explained the gallery experienced wonderful sales and said they felt the promotion of the event was awesome. “I would do this every weekend if it brought in this many people,” said Susan Schoenleber. “We had the best sales ever, and many artists were stopping in to promote their work.”
Arts and Eats raises awareness and appreciation of the region's human and natural resources. The tour reminds us about the benefits of buying and consuming locally grown foods and supporting Michigan artists as entrepreneurs. The tour is an opportunity to contribute to a sense of place and to support local economies.
New this year: “Best Eats” competition! Enjoy a month of Arts and Eats flavors at participating restaurants. Visit Canal Street Café, Crane’s Pie Pantry, Seasonal Grille and Vibrant Grains between September 17 and October 18 to try delicious Eats that feature locally-grown produce. Then, vote here for your favorite appetizer, main dish and dessert. The “Best Eats” in all three categories will be announced at the end of the Arts and Eats tour.
During Tour 2014, thousands of people traveled the tour from over 65 zip codes!
We bring our local communities and neighbors together one tour at a time!
Over 1,000 sites visits were logged throughout the A&E Passport Program!
Travelers from Wisconsin, Florida, Connecticut and beyond visited the tour!
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