Set to showcase the city’s growing culinary scene, the 2019 Taste of Muskegon is slated to be the food festival’s biggest-ever event

Last year’s Taste of Muskegon event. Photo via Downtown Muskegon.

From Ghanaian and Indian cuisine to barbecue, burgers and tacos, the 13th annual Taste of Muskegon this June will feature the event’s biggest “restaurant row” in the history of the festival that celebrates the city’s growing culinary scene.

Annually drawing thousands of people to downtown Muskegon, the food festival will take place on June 14 and 15 at Hackley Park and will showcase the area’s ever-expanding number of restaurants, food trucks, and other culinary businesses. This year, a record 35 food vendors are slated to participate, including the 2018 Taste Plate Award winners: Abeshi Ghanaian Cuisine (which is set to launch its food truck this spring or summer), Bone Ends, Hamburger Mikey, and Rad Dads’ Tacos & Tequila Bar.

The whirlwind culinary tour of Muskegon too will include restaurants and shops that have recently debuted in the city, such as Dr. Rolf’s Barbeque, which opened in downtown Muskegon, and The Only Cannoli, which just celebrated the launch of its storefront in Lakeside. It will also feature soon-to-open culinary spots, such as Aldea Coffee, which will set up shop inside downtown’s historic NorthTown 794 building (formerly the Al Perri furniture store).

“Muskegon has had so many food trucks and restaurants open this year,” Taste of Muskegon Directeor Ann Meisch said in a press release. “For foodies, it has been really exciting to see such innovative offerings along the lakeshore. It has also meant a lot of vendor applications for the festival. We had to re-measure the park and get creative with electricity because it was too hard to turn them away. Muskegon’s growth is our growth and it makes us so thrilled.”

The menu (the entirety of which you can see here) is an eclectic one, ranging from Hamburger Mikey’s jalapeno orange pork pickle slaw burger and Abeshi’s nkatie cake (African peanut brittle) to Bone Ends’ blackened shrimp quinoa bowl and Curry Kitchen’s chana masala.

The list of vendors includes:

  • A&E Barbecue
  • Abeshi Ghanaian Cuisine
  • Aldea Coffee
  • Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Ice
  • BIG RED’s BBQ
  • The Boar’s Belly
  • Bone Ends
  • Carlson’s Almonds
  • Chef Char
  • Country Dairy
  • Curry Kitchen
  • Dr. Rolf’s Barbeque
  • Factory Bar & Grill
  • Fatty Lumpkin’s Sandwich Shack
  • Frank’s Concession
  • Hamburger Mikey
  • Hennessy’s Irish Pub
  • Hey Sugar Co.
  • Hobo’s Tavern/Handsome Hobos
  • Ice Box Brand Ice Cream Bars
  • JP’s Hot Dogs
  • Just Klassics/The Roast Bistro
  • Los Amigos Mexican Bar & Grill
  • The Only Cannoli
  • Papa J’s Chili Dogs
  • Rad Dads’ Tacos & Tequila Bar
  • Rebel Pies
  • Rolling Stone Wood Fired Pizza Co.
  • Rootdown Yoga, Juice, Greens
  • Ruth Ann’s Ice Cream
  • Smokin on the Lakeshore
  • Summer Pops
  • Sutton Concessions
  • Uncle Bill’s Taco Wagon
  • Yodels Frozen Yogurt

Presented by Santa Cruz Organics and truRoots and produced by the city of Muskegon, the festival will also offer craft brews, live music, an expanded kids’ zone, and more. On Friday night, Taste of Muskegon will join Parties in the Park, which annually provides free concerts throughout the summer. Plain Jane Glory, Whiskey Rebels, and Noah Smith are scheduled to perform during the June 14 concert.

Plus, the public and official judges will be able to cast their votes for their favorite food at the event; awards for the best dishes will be announced on June 15.

For more information, visit the Taste of Muskegon’s website at www.tasteofmuskegon.org.

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