Food Will Be a Big Part of the Muskegon Summer Wine Up Next Week

Community News |Jun 4, 2021|3 min read

(June 3rd, 2021) – In addition to 20 wineries and over 100 different wines to sample, organizers of the second annual Muskegon Summer Wine Up will be including food and wine pairings from The Handsome Hobo Restaurant and Bar.


The Muskegon Summer Wine Up will be held on June 12th from 2 pm to 8 pm at Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon. This one-day wine festival is a celebration of the start of summer and the first major event in more than a year in Hackley Park.


The Handsome Hobo will be offering a sample menu that includes Grilled Swordfish Kebob, Shrimp Ceviche, and a Chefs Slate Sampler of meat and cheeses – along with various wines pairings.

“Handsome Hobo’s will be selling food matched up with a specific wine sample that enhances the taste of the food. They did a great job with their pairings,” explained Rich Berry, Director of Sales for Cumulus Media – Muskegon, the organizers of the Muskegon Summer Wine Up. Cumulus Media owns radio stations 98.3 WLCS, V-100 WVIB, 92.5 Sunny WWSN, and NASH Icon WLAW.


Other eclectic food choices will also be available at the Muskegon Summer Wine Up, according to Berry.


Tiki Boiz food truck will be serving Hawaiian themed food.


Soul Filled Eatery will be selling samples of Surf and Turf, barbecue chicken knuckles, glazed chicken tenderloin and more.


And Abeshi will be selling Ghanaian flavored treats including Rasta Tacos and Green Goddess Sauce Fried Plantains.


But the real star of the Muskegon Summer Wine Up will be the wide range of wines available for sampling. More than 100 different wines will be available to sample from 20 different wineries.

Ten seminars will also be held throughout the day on a wide range of topics related to wines, according to Berry.


“We thought it would be fun to have short, 15-minute seminars that will be fun to attend, regardless of their knowledge of wine,” said Berry. “We asked our winery friends to come up with some interesting topics to share – and they did!”


The first five seminars will be repeated during the second half of the day so that later arrivals will have a chance to attend.

Sponsors of the Muskegon Summer Wine Up include Little River Casino, Audi Muskegon, Pure Medical

Spa, Eagle Alloy, and Catchmark Technologies.


Here is a list of the participating wineries for this year’s Muskegon Summer Wine Up:

St Julian Winery

Chateau Grand Traverse

Lemon Creek Winery

Leelanau Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery – Private Selection

Bonterra Winery

Freixenet Sparkling Wines

Kendall Jackson Winery

La Crema Winery

Parducci Winery

Palm Bay Imports – Cavit

Avalon Winery

Rodney Strong Winery

Francis Coppola Winery

Josh Cellars Winery

Benziger Winery

Forbidden Fruit Cider

Santero Winery

Babich Winery

Riunite Wines


Admission to the Muskegon Summer Wine Up is $15 and includes four wine tasting tickets and a souvenir glass to the first 1,000 patrons.


“This is a great opportunity for us to bring people together who haven’t seen each other since the pandemic began,” said Berry. “Wine, food and fun is our mantra. It’s going to be a great time for everyone.”


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