Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan · September 21-23, 2018 · 8 Spots Left


September 21-23, 2018


The Grand Traverse Bay area of Michigan brings the best of Lake Michigan’s bounty to our table. Traverse City, a charming Lake Michigan beach community, is a four-season outdoor recreation hub known for its freshwater sugar sand beaches and thriving wine, food and craft brewing scene. The unique growing seasons and fresh water lake breezes support the best farms, orchards, wineries and fishing in the Midwest. A vibrant community of chefs, artisanal food producers, farmers and distillers has joined forces to build and sustain one of the most interesting and robust food hubs in the country. Join us as we explore and understand the bounty and beauty of True North.

The Traverse City area get’s rave reviews:
Forbes Magazine (April 2016) – Top 25 Places to Retire in 2016

Midwest Living Magazine (March 2016) – Midwest Living Greatest Town (January 2016) – America’s Best Small Towns

Condé Nast Traveler (January 2016) – “The Most Beautiful Towns in America (February 2016) – “9 Most Romantic Cities

USA Today (September 2015) – ” Best Scenic Autumn Drive

CNN Money (September 2015) – America’s Best Beer Towns

Huffington Post (July 2015) – “11 Of America’s Best Small Towns, Perfect For A Long Weekend Trip


The trip is designed for adult travelers of all ages, ready for a moderate to energetic activity level, including lots of walking and discovery across fields, in barns, in production areas.  We’ll keep the group to 16 guests maximum, traveling with two hosts from Zingerman’s.


Explore amazing artisanal food and beverage right here in Zingerman’s own backyard – the Grand Traverse area. Enjoy three days packed full of tasting, eating, drinking and learning directly from the artisans.

While Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay has long been known as a four-season recreational destination, its booming food scene is also something to celebrate—Bon Appetit named it one of its top five foodie towns in America! The fresh Lake Michigan air draws thousands of visitors to this charming lakeside community every year creating ideal conditions for some of the best farms, orchards, wineries and fishing in the midwest.

And that’s where Zingerman’s Food Tours come in. Join us September 21-23, 2018, when we travel to Grand Traverse Bay to explore the bounty and the beauty of this robust food region. The 3-day trip includes:

  • A visit to Traverse City’s gourmet food truck hub
  • Our favorite breweries and wineries
  • Family-style farm spreads at local hot spots
  • True farm-to-table experience at two local farms

What Is Not Included?

Airfare and Travel expenses to and from Traverse City.
Alcoholic beverages that are not specifically included in the itinerary.
Personal spending money

About us:

We have two amazing experts to guide this rare experience! Kieron and Joanie Hales are Zingerman’s very own husband and wife duo. They both have a passion for the Grand Traverse area and are excited to share their insider knowledge of this behind-the-scenes excursion.

Kieron Hales 
A world-class chef whose career began in England at the age of 13 when he was accepted into the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, Kieron has traveled the globe having lived and cooked in 27 different countries. His posts have included the three star Paul Bocuse in France and Dal Pescatore in Italy, as well as cooking for the British Royal family and three U.S. Presidents. In 2008, Kieron emigrated to the State to join Zingerman’s and pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations. After a few years as Executive Chef of the Roadhouse, he penned a vision and opened Zingerman’s Cornman Farms, an award-winning event venue and working farm in Dexter, Michigan that specializes in weddings, private dining and corporate events with a focus on farm-to-table dining.

Joanie Hales 
A Michigander, born and raised, who studied and  focused her career on hospitality. She helped bring great American food to Ann Arbor serving and managing at Zingerman’s Roadhouse for more than a decade, and has hosted Zingerman’s Annual Camp Bacon since 2012. Today she shares the Zingerman’s experience with businesses around the country as a valued trainer and world-class service provider at ZingTrain.

How Much Does It Cost?*

$2,250 per person

*Prices subject to change.

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