Local Fest TC 2011 is what Christopher Wink Winkelmann calls it - and fun is what both locals and visitors alike call it. Its a free festival on the way to you and yours this Labor Day weekend - thats right, free - and its set to be chock-full of music, food, vendors, and did we mention fun?
This is a fantastic way to close out your summer and support your community at the same time, Winkelmann enthuses.
Founded and put together by Winkelmann - who also fronts the local band Soul Patch - and friend Ryan MacManus (of TCs Loading Dock), the event was conceived as a free festival for the locals, as Winkelmann puts it.
At the time, I owned and operated Home Grown Organic Eatery and was doing the Soul Patch thing as well, he explains, so I told Ryan I would talk with my friends in the food/music/festival scene and put a lineup together of all Northern Michigan and greater Traverse City talent, and get everybody on board for food vendors. Ryan then added to the list and the idea. We put the final touches on and had a great all-day, free event for the community, by the community, in a very central location in our beautiful city. Every single musician, sound engineer, food vendor, and craft vendor is there on their own time and merit.