Arts and Eats is a free self-driving tour of Allegan and Barry Counties and the surrounding rural region in Michigan, USA. 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.
Each year we look forward to participating in the Arts and Eats tour as a site because it brings so many new people to our studio and shop. The visitors are people who appreciate handmade and homegrown items. They want to understand the creative process and appreciate the value of the an artist's time and talent.
-- Barbara and Gene Marr, Marr Haven Wool Farm, Allegan.
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.
During Tour 2016, 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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