Food and Drink Events This Weekend in Detroit
Food, music, and cultural festivals are gradually returning to Detroit after a year-long hiatus. Many annual events are postponed or canceled until 2021, and some restaurants have voluntarily paused indoor dining, but this season there are some places to eat and drink. Here are some ideas on how to make the most of your Detroit weekend.
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Commemorate Mexico’s victory over France a few days early with this free outdoor event on Sunday May 2nd with food, cocktails and entertainment in downtown Detroit. Make sure to grab a Lumen Detroit margarita and stock up on groceries from the Los Dos Amigos Taco Truck and Pablos Tacos. The event also features salsa, timba, and cumbia classes. For social distancing, pre-register for the event or join the event from home using Facebook Live.
The Whitney “draws the curtain back” and paranormal hosts lead the way on a tour of the history and legends of the Whitney family and estate. From Sunday, May 2, 5:00 p.m., the evening includes a historic champagne tour of the mansion, a four-course menu with selected spirits, followed by the paranormal expedition of the mansion, gardens and carriage house. Tours are limited to 14 reserved guests, 21 and older. This event ($ 185) will meet all social distancing and health requirements.
The spring festival, which in Germany is often referred to as the little sister of the Oktoberfest, means “spring festival” and comes on Saturday, May 1st, at the Eastern Market Brewing Co. and on Sunday, May 2nd, at the Ferndale Project with a socially distant event to Detroit. What’s on tap? 10 a.m .: Beer flows. 1 p.m .: German live music plus keg knocking ceremony. 2:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m .: Stone lifting competitions. Food trucks are Teeners Weiners.
Learn about liquors, liquors, and libations in a 2-hour Mixology Fundamentals at Sugar House, one of Detroit’s premier bars. The class on Saturday May 1st is a condensed version of the course required to complete as a bartender at Sugar House. Participants will be served a welcome glass of punch while the ingredients needed to make mixed drinks and the tools and equipment for mixology are discussed. The class will prepare three beverages, covering techniques such as shaking, stirring, and sifting. Students will leave with enough knowledge to have a home bar on stock. Tickets are $ 129.
Michigan by the Bottle Tasting Room Cycling Club in Auburn Hills and Blue Skies Brewery in Auburn Hills are back with a one-hour bike ride through the area. The free event is aimed at drivers of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced, but without alcohol while driving. Meet at the Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Room in Auburn Hills / Blue Skies Brewery in Auburn Hills on Saturday, May 1st at 11:15 am.
The opening day for the 22nd season of the outdoor market is Saturday, May 1st, in downtown Rochester. In the market, dozens of artisans and food business owners will be selling baked goods, spices and teas, artisanal cheeses, fish, donuts, fudge, gnocchi, sausage and more. Only the entrance to Third Street is available to monitor capacity. Visitors are asked to wear face coverings and to stay six feet away from anyone outside their group.
Chef George Azar of Flowers of Vietnam will serve traditional Palestinian cuisine at Frame in Hazel Park, Thursday April 29th through Sunday May 2nd. The five-course tasting menu ($ 120 per person plus tax and service charge) celebrates the diversity of Azar culture and family traditions. Reservations are very limited for the dining room, and the seating is socially distant. Send an email to [email protected] to request a yurt for groups of six.
Visit the Eastern Market’s tasting room and sample wines from Detroit Vineyards, the city’s first winery in 60 years. The tastings are $ 20-25 per guest. Reserve a 50-minute slot for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday with a $ 10 deposit. Groups are limited to four people.
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