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Tastemakers: National Cherry Festival culinary events/Cherry Bay Orchards Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate

Rick Coates - June 28th, 2010
National Cherry Festival Culinary Events
The National Cherry Festival kicks off this weekend with more than 150 events throughout the week. The week is loaded with food events with Cherries D’Vine and the Cherries Grand Buffet topping the list of favorites.
Cherries D’Vine was launched five years ago by the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula wineries and the National Cherry Festival. In the scenic setting of the Culinary Institute with West Grand Traverse Bay as a backdrop this has become one of the more popular food and wine events in Northern Michigan. For this year’s event, participants will also get to enjoy the U.S. Navy Blue Angels along with the rest of the Festival Air Show.
Fred Laughlin, director of the Culinary Institute is a 20-year veteran of food events at the Cherry Festival. He has even appeared on the Today Show, preparing various cherry recipes. Laughlin and his team of instructors and students each year produce dazzling creations from appetizers to entrées to desserts. Popular recipes of the past have included the cherry grilled salmon and the cherry pulled pork. Enjoy all these tasty treats while sampling the best wine the region has to offer. Cherries D’Vine takes place Sunday July 4.
The Cherries Grand Buffet also showcases an assortment of cherry delights prepared by the culinary professionals at the Grand Traverse Pie Company. The event takes place Friday July 9 with three seatings. Enjoy cherry chicken croissants, cherry pulled pork, cherry cole slaw, stacked cherry infused deli sandwiches and the signature Cherry Crumb Pie from the Grand Traverse Pie Company.
Participants will enjoy a 30 minute Musical Stage Show produced by the Old Town Playhouse Performers (the event is downtown Traverse City at the City Opera House). Admission into the Buffet is limited to 200 festival-goers per seating. Seatings are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. For additional information on these and all the events taking place at the National Cherry Festival go to
--Rick Coates

Cherry Bay Orchards
Montmorency Tart
Cherry Concentrate

Scientific study after study continue to point to the benefits of cherry consumption. Famers and businesses are not allowed to market the specific health benefits of cherries, unlike the pharmaceutical industry that may say a certain synthetic product “provides arthritis relief.” But consumers who suffer from arthritis, gout and other ailments are turning to cherry juice to reduce, cure and even eliminate their ailments.
A recent study by researchers at Michigan State University commissioned by the Cherry Marketing Institute has found that Montmorency tart cherries are among the top fruits with the highest antioxidant value. Drinking just 1 ½ cups of cherry juice will give you the same health benefits of consuming 23 different fruits and vegetables. Cherry juice offers more antioxidants than five servings of peas, tomatoes, watermelon, carrots and bananas.
Last year a study conducted by the Oregon Health & Science University showed people who drank tart cherry juice while training for a long distance run reported significantly less pain after exercise than those who didn’t.
Cherry Bay Orchards has released a Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate that comes in a 16 ounce bottle and the soon to be released Singles to Go pouches (1 oz). Simply mix one ounce with your favorite six to eight ounce beverage to enjoy a refreshing cherry drink that, according to scientific research, will provide several healthy side effects. It is all natural and there is no sugar added. Pour a couple of ounces over two scoops of Moomer’s Ice Cream for a great dessert and blend with vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit for a smoothie. It is also a great cocktail mixer: make a Cherry-tini with Grand Traverse Vodka or a refreshing Cherry Margarita. Look for Cherry Bay Orchards Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate at your favorite grocer and if you are attending the National Cherry Festival next week, look for it there as well. To order online or for additional info go to --Rick Coates

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