There's a new tourism trend cooking in northern Michigan

UpNorthLive's Facebook fans voted to hear more about a new trend bringing people to northern Michigan. It's called culinary tourism, and it's reportedly on the rise.

Several researchers from Michigan State University predict an increased interest in Michigan restaurants, wineries and local foods. The trend has one area winery cooking up new ways to feed the tourists' interest in the area.

Black Star Farms and its managing partner, Don Coe, who is on the Culinary Tourism Board, are creating the Harvest Dinner Series. Coe says he believes there is a tremendous surge in the amount of visitors who have planned a trip around fun and educational food and beverage experiences.

The Harvest Dinner Series is offered at the Black Star Farms Inn the second Wednesday of every month. The dinners include a five course meal that features the best of what's in season from the farm at Black Star Farms as well as from other local area providers.

The cost of the experience is $75 per person. The menu schedule is below:

May 9 - Morels

June 6 - Cherries and Blueberries

August 8 - Zucchini & Summer Squash

September 12 - Tomatoes and Basil

October 10 - Apples and Squash

For more information you can head to Black Star Farms online.

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