New Makers Trail Festival – Showcasing Southwest Michigan’s Wines, Beers and Spirits

The Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council recently announced the region’s newest annual event, the Makers Trail Festival, June 9th, from 1 to 10 p.m. at Weko Beach, Bridgman, Mich. Local winemakers, brewers and distillers will be popping corks, tapping kegs and pouring spirits under the big tent along the shores of Lake Michigan.

“We’re bringing all of the makers together, so you can try new drinks or your favorites in a fun beach setting,” said event organizer Calli Berg, executive director, Greater Bridgman Area Chamber and Growth Alliance. Advance admission tickets are only $10 for ages 10 years and up, $15 at the gate and free for children under 10 years. Tickets are on sale now at

Berg said headlining the festival’s entertainment will be Billy Strings, one of Nashville’s phenom bluegrass musicians. Strings grew up in Michigan before relocating to the “Music City” in 2016 where his career exploded with his intense strumming speed and passion for American roots music. In August 2017, Rolling Stones named Strings among the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” and The Journal of Roots Music “No Depression” newsletter said Strings’  September 2017 debut album, “Turmoil & Tinfoil,” is “a fiery, down-home, foot-stomping, barn burning, sawdust flying” music collection. Preceding him on stage will be regional favorites, The Undertaker’s Blues Band, The Andrew Fisher Quartet, StarHeart and James Neary & The Bevy Blue. All music performances are included with admission.

In addition to the drink tastings, the festival will offer a wide selection of summer foods from area vendors. There also will be free parking at Bridgman elementary, middle and high schools. Free shuttles will run frequently throughout the event from the Bridgman schools and several area hotels.

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