2017-10-12 / Life in Leelanau

Harvest, hops draw 1,400 to Empire

ANDY GALE of Bay Area Recycling and Paul Skinner of the Empire Chamber of Commerce (from left) show off commemorative glasses distributed at Saturday’s Hops & Harvest Festival. Less than a 13-gallon bag of trash generated during the zero-waste event with the remainder, recycled.ANDY GALE of Bay Area Recycling and Paul Skinner of the Empire Chamber of Commerce (from left) show off commemorative glasses distributed at Saturday’s Hops & Harvest Festival. Less than a 13-gallon bag of trash generated during the zero-waste event with the remainder, recycled.
Mild temperatures helped to drew 1,400 to the fourth annual Empire Hops & Harvest Festival.

Front Street was closed from noon to 10 p.m. for the event, which had previously been known just as the “Hops Festival.” The name was amended to reflect local ingredients featured by food vendors.

“It was beautiful weather,” said Paul Skinner of the Empire Chamber of Commerce. “I wore short sleeves most the day and the rain held off until about 9 …

“There was lots of people having lots of fun.”

Food was served by Arts Tavern in Glen Arbor; The Shipwreck Cafe, Empire; Pleva’s Meats, Cedar; Rocco’s Old World Pizzeria, Suttons Bay; and Mama Lu’s, Scalawag’s Fish and Chips, Nepalese- Have-Another of Traverse City.

Providing libations were Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay; Lake Ann Brewery of Lake Ann, St. Ambrose Meadery, Honor; Nomad Cidery, Old Mission; and Stormcloud Brewery, Frankfort.

Also attending were The Workshop, Right Brain Brewery and the Filling Station — all from Traverse City. Northwoods Soda was also available.

Musical entertainment rocked under the tent with Jack Pine and Brotha James, both from Traverse City; 5th Gear, also from Traverse City and featuring Joe Williams of Cedar; and the always-popular K. Jones and the Benzie Playboys.

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