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Taste the Local Difference Winter Celebration

About Crystal Mountain


Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort with one of Golf Magazine’s Top 25 Golf Schools in America, Spa Magazine’s Best Midwest Spas three years running, named among the inaugural Detroit Free Press 16 Green Leaders in Michigan and recognized as one of Condé Nast Travelers 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America (2011) . Located in northwest lower-Michigan, a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the resort features downhill and cross-country skiing, Michigan Legacy Art Park, golf, alpine slide, water playground, lodging, dining, countless year-round outdoor activities and kids programs, an IACC-approved conference center, weddings, real estate and Crystal Spa.



What: Second annual Taste the Local Difference Winter Celebration

When: Saturday, March 16, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville

Sponsored by: Crystal Mountain and the Michigan Land Use Institute

Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean there isn’t an abundance of local foods here in northern Michigan. To that point, Crystal Mountain and the Michigan Land Use Institute are hosting the second annual Taste the Local Difference Winter Celebration on Saturday, March 16 at Crystal Mountain’s Crystal Center. 

The event features local foods from more than two dozen farmers and producers. Some of northern Michigan’s favorite chefs also will be on hand to prepare dishes using local ingredients and to offer suggestions on how to use more local foods year round.

The Winter Celebration begins at 4pm and runs till 7pm on the top level of the Crystal Center.  

The Winter Celebration is just one part of a huge weekend at Crystal Mountain that also features the Teddy Knape Film Festival, Crystal Mountain’s Spring Fling complete with Slush Cup, Cardboard Classic sled racing, a silent disco, and luau.

To help blend the various events happening indoors and out, a variety of food trucks will be parked at the base of the ski hill so you’ll be able to enjoy local foods without loosening your ski boots.

Your ticket to the Winter Celebration will also get you $10 off a lift ticket at Crystal Mountain. Just show your ticket when purchasing your ski pass. 

Crystal Mountain Schedule for March 16: 

Spring Fling Luau, 4pm

Cardboard Classic, 11am

On-Slope Kayak Race, 2pm

Slush Cup, 4pm

Teddy Knape Film Festival, 6-8pm

Silent Disco, 8:30pm-Midnight

Live Entertainment in the Vista Lounge, 8pm-Midnight

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