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Winter Delights Festival brings music, art, beer, wine, and food together under one roof for a full day of fun

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College is bringing back a favorite wintertime event to southwest Michigan, this time bigger and better than ever. The Winter Delights Festival returns with more music, more beverages, more food, and a brand-new pop-up makers market on Leap Day – Saturday, February 29, 2020. Doors open at 1 pm.

The festival consists of two venues inside The Mendel Center. The Taste Faire will be held in newly renovated Grand Upton Hall. Doors open at 1 pm. It features up to 30 Michigan craft beer, wine, and cider makers; culinary treats from local dining establishments; and live entertainment from 1 to 8 pm featuring local musical artists and headliner Bryan Lubeck. On the Mainstage, a music lineup of three nationally and internationally touring acts will take the stage beginning at 4 pm for three full-length, all-ages concerts. Artists include The Reminders, JigJam, and Six Appeal Vocal Band.

Throughout The Mendel Center corridors, festival goers will be able to purchase unique, high-quality, hand-crafted items in the pop-up makers market.

More about the musical headliners on the Mainstage:

The Reminders – 4 pm

The Reminders are a rare and remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. The group consists of Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/ vocalist Aja Black, a collective creative force that’s hard to beat.

JigJam – 6 pm

JigJam is a multi-award-winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as ‘I-Grass’ (Irish influenced Bluegrass), their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world.

Six Appeal Vocal Band – 8 pm

Six Appeal is a world-renowned vocal ensemble that combines musical prowess and sharp comedic timing with the energy and vitality of a rock band. The award-winning a cappella group will take you on a journey that spans multiple decades and genres of music, from classic hits to current chart toppers and catchy original tunes – using only their vocals.

More about the Taste Faire stage headliner

Bryan Lubeck – 5:30 pm

Bryan Lubeck’s live shows are his forte with his high-energy, fiery Spanish guitar and smooth urban grooves. His latest album, Tuscan Sky, has spent more than 14 weeks on the various adult contemporary instrumental charts. Lubeck has been named a Critics’ Choice by Billboard Magazine and has recorded with five Grammy Award winners and performed with 12 Grammy Award nominees and winners.

A selection of confirmed food and beverage vendors includes Bistro on the Boulevard, St. Julian Winery, Tabor Hill Winery, Chateau Grand Traverse, Lake Michigan Vintners, Silver Harbor Brewing, Haymarket Brewing, Great Mead Hall & Brewing Co., and more. Confirmed maker vendors include ChromaFire Pottery, Great Lakes Pebble Arts, Lake Michigan Wood Work, Tom Freier Designs, and more.

Passes for the Winter Delights Festival are on sale at www.TheMendelCenter.com, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in the Grand Upton Hall lobby of The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

All-access passes are $50 in advance and $60 the day of the event. Taste Faire and Mainstage passes are each $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. $20 designated driver tickets are available for the Taste Faire.

All-access festival passes include:

  • Grand Upton Hall Taste Faire with $10 in beer, wine, and cider tastes
  • Mainstage concert lineup with three, all-ages headline acts presenting three full-length, back-to-back concerts beginning at 4 pm, and food and beverage booths in the surrounding lobbies.
  • Pop-up makers market featuring the work of up to 20 local artisans.

Taste Faire attendees must be 21 or older. The Mainstage concert lineup is an all-ages event.

The Winter Delights Festival is sponsored by The Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, 98.3 The Coast, and The Boulevard Inn & Bistro. The event is supported by The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.

About The Mendel Center

The Mendel Center raised the curtain on its first Mainstage season performance in the fall of 1992. Since that time, it has presented Mainstage season performances to more than half a million patrons in the 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre. Newly renovated Grand Upton Hall, first opened in 1979, is a 14,400-square-foot venue serving the community as the host site for meetings, banquets, trade shows, weddings, and other celebrations. The 250-seat Hanson Theatre is home to the Lake Michigan College Visual & Performing Arts Departments as well as a variety of Mendel Center and community events.