2nd Annual Makers Trail Festival coming June 8th to Weko Beach

They will be popping corks, tapping kegs and pouring spirits during the Makers Trail Festival on June 8, 3 to 9 p.m., at Weko Beach, Bridgman, Mich. “For the second year in a row you can sample the crafts of over 15 Berrien County wineries, breweries and distilleries all in one place,” said event organizer Tim Kading, Water & Parks Superintendent for the City of Bridgman. “Three live bands – The Newports, Top Secret and Slim Gypsy Baggage – will make this the beach party of the summer!”

Advance admission tickets are on sale now for only $10 (ages 10 years and up) at Children under 10 years are free. Gate admission will be $20 cash. Once they are inside the cash-only festival grounds, visitors can purchase drink tasting tickets for $1 each as well as food. An ATM will be available on site.

The regional makers showcasing their new drinks and popular favorites will be Arclight Brewing Company, Black Dragon Meadery, Gravity, Haymarket Brewery & Taproom, Journeyman Distillery, Lake Michigan Vintners, Lazy Ballerina Winery, Lehman’s Orchard Brewery & Farmhouse, Lemon Creek Winery, North Pier Brewing Company, Red Top Winery, Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery, Silver Harbor Brewing Company, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant, Tapistry Brewing, Watermark Brewing Co. and White Pine Winery.

Included with admission is music by three regional bands:

The Newports have their roots in Chicago’s south suburbs and play a mix of blues, funk, rock and soul.

Slim Gypsy Baggage is a Southwest Michigan favorite which performs eclectic bluesy rock with soulful vocals.

Top Secret from South Bend, Ind., plays with a mission to get everyone dancing to their 60s-to- today setlist.

Kading said they are still setting the lineup, so come early and stay late to hear all three bands pump out their setlists ‘til the sun starts going down.

In addition to the wide selection of drinks and music, the festival will serve non-alcoholic beverages and favorite summer foods from local vendors including Nosh Village food truck.

There will be free off-site parking at Eagle Technologies, Sunset Tool and American Electric Power (AEP) industrial lots at the corner of Lake Street and Red Arrow Highway. Free shuttles will run frequently between the parking lots and Weko Beach as well as from several area hotels (the list is posted on There will be no parking at the beach.

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