There will be plenty of chances next week to savor the flavors of food and beverages from around the area. From local beer and wine tastings to a trip down south to scope Culver’s dining scene, plan to pleasure your palate.
The 25th Annual Taste of Michiana, which will feature nearly 40 restaurants and wineries, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the Century Center in South Bend. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children.
Once inside, guests will have unlimited access to food and drink samples. Proceeds from the event will benefit Life Treatment Center, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment facility in South Bend.
More than 30 craft breweries will converge upon Granger’s Toscana Park from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, for the inaugural Indiana Michigan Craft Beer Mayfest.
Food from Mattson’s Custom Catering and Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza will be included with admission. Tickets to the event are $45. Early bird tickets, which allow entry from 2 to 7 p.m., are $55. Designated driver tickets are $10 and include free soft drinks and water.
The Elkhart Truth’s community editor and Dining a la King columnist Marshall V. King will lead a food adventure in Culver on Saturday, May 9. The bus will leave Elkhart at 9 a.m. and return around 5:30 p.m.
Planned stops include a tour of Rooster Hill Farm with samples of local cheese, produce and meats; culinary lessons and lunch at Corndance Cafe, with time afterward to visit downtown shops; a tour of Evil Czech Brewery followed by beer and wine sampling; and dessert at The Lakehouse Grille. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased by calling Kim Wright at Menno Travel, 574-534-1521.
The dinner will feature five courses, each paired with a wine from Eric Kent Wine Cellars of Santa Rosa, Calif., and a beer from Elkhart’s Iechyd Da Brewing Company. After the meal, diners will vote on their favorite pairings to determine a winning combination.
Tickets are $55 or $50 for Tiedemann On Wine club members. Reservations can be made by calling 574-293-2830.