With blue skies and the Mackinac Bridge in the background, the 18th annual Hopps of Fun kept the casual spirit of summer alive in Mackinaw City on Saturday. Thousands flocked to the city at the tip of the Mitten to be a part of the festival.
“We had our biggest turnout, and were also able to have more beer and wine tastings this year,” stated Mackinaw Crossings Property Manager Sarah Grant.
With a small entrance fee of $5, festival-goers received a commemorative glass along with two tasting tokens. A wide selection of wine and beer from across the state was available to sample. From Rochester Mills’ Oktoberfest to Arbor Brewing’s Mackinac Island Fudge Stout, beer lovers of all kinds were sure to find something to enjoy.
While sampling a favorite Michigan brew or exploring a new brewery, festival-goers enjoyed live music from local musicians. There was also a full pig roast to keep the days of summer alive.
The festival added a dimension to Mackinaw City, which is known primarily for its fudge, Colonial Michilimackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. As the festival continues to grow, Hopps of Fun has the potential to attract the vibrant craft beer culture to the area.
The festival has grown and become more dynamic each year. This year, over 3,000 people attended the festival. Grant, who has been planning the event for the last six years, has enjoyed seeing it grow each year. “Next year, we hope to expand the tastings tent even more,” she said.
Could a trip to Mackinaw City be best spent once the summer crowds have gone? I think so. And, with a short drive, the best pasties and fudge await you; it’s a weekend well spent.