After much discussion with Arts and Eats staff and participants both past and present, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Arts and Eats 2020. We make this announcement with heavy hearts but with the firm belief that it is the best choice available to us.
The 2020 tour was to be our 10th anniversary event. Though we are disappointed to instead be facing a year without the tour, we remain grateful for the artists, artisans, farmers, and restaurateurs who make up the tour, the sponsors who make the tour possible, and the visitors who come out each year to celebrate Southwest Michigan. We thank you for your patience as we figure out our next steps, and we look forward to seeing you for Arts and Eats again in 2021.
The 2020 Arts and Eats Team
Local Quality Experiences
Arts and Eats is a free self-driving tour of rural regions in Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren 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.
Discover Hidden Gems
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, and see working farms featuring specialty food crops, fiber, and heritage animals. Should hunger strike, stop in at one of our local gems that serves food made with ingredients from area farms and producers.
Support Local Economy
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.
2019 Tour Guide
Take a look back in time at last year’s Map and Guide for a peek into the tour!
DID YOU KNOW?
MORE THAN 65 ZIP CODES
In 2019, thousands of people from more than 65 zip codes took the tour.
We bring our local communities and neighbors together one tour at a time.
1,200 SITES VISITS
Over 1,200 site visits have been logged throughout the A&E Passport Program.
DETROIT, CHICAGO, & MORE!
Travelers from Wisconsin, Florida, Connecticut, and beyond have taken the tour.
Thank you to our 2019 Premier Sponsor!
Thank you to our 2019 Cultural Champion Sponsors!