August Blueberry Festivals in the Great Lakes State
Summertime in Michigan means a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables growing throughout the Great Lakes state.
We can celebrate fresh eating at farmers markets, corner stands and even festivals. The time is right to celebrate blueberries, now in season through August.
Blueberries are a great addition to your diet, as they have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits and vegetables. The fruit has also been linked to improving memory and fighting against cancer.
There are multiple festivals happening in Michigan during blueberry season, all of which offer fresh, family-friendly fun.
- National Blueberry Festival, South Haven – The National Blueberry Festival takes place annually the second weekend in August. The festival includes a basketball tournament, live music, downtown sidewalk sales, paint and wine classes, blueberry pancake breakfasts and more.
- Montrose Blueberry Festival, Montrose – This hometown festival features a classic car show, pie eating contest, arts and crafts show and more. Parades, races and a carnival mean there’s fun for the entire family to enjoy.
- Wild Blueberry Festival, Paradise – Celebrate the growth of wild blueberries at this festival, which takes place annually the third weekend in August. Enjoy art, music, nature and of course, food. While you’re visiting Paradise, make sure to experience the nearby natural beauty with stops at Tahquamenon Falls and Lake Superior.
If you’re looking for some new ways to enjoy blueberries, try one of these recipes:
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