Boyne Mountain Resort is hosting the first annual Skitoberfest, October 3-4, in celebration of fall and the coming winter season. Event highlights include a brewfest featuring nearly a dozen Michigan breweries, bratwursts of 30 varieties and gourmet food, live music and dancing, a meet and greet with Winter X-Games gold medalist, Simon Dumont, and former U.S. Ski Team Coach, Greg Needell, and a day filled with family activities.
Staged in the Village, the event kicks off on Saturday at 2 p.m. Michigan craft brewers including Short’s, Bell’s, Founders, Arbor, Mt. Pleasant, Tri-City, Arcadia, Michigan, New Holland, Frankenmuth, and Wolverine, will be serving up a variety of their best beers until 7 p.m. To soak up the frothy brew, there are 30 varieties of bratwursts, made and grilled by Tannery Creek Meat Market of Petoskey, as well as specialties offered by Boyne City restaurants, Red Mesa Grill, 220 Lake Street, Sammich N’ Sudz and Lake Street Market. Admission to the brewfest is $20 and includes a Skitoberfest pint glass and 12 tickets toward beer sampling and food items. From 8 p.m. till midnight, the brewfest transforms to a classic beer tent with a cash bar and entertainment by Charlie’s Root Fusion.
Michigan wine tasting is also being offered with twenty-four regional wines and gourmet food prepared by Boyne Mountain including domestic and imported cheese, sushi, smoked whitefish dip, cured elk sausage, smoked beef and asparagus croustade, among other hors d’oeuvres. The event’s unique ‘wine room’ is open 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and entry is $5 plus a dollar per wine tasting.
Skitoberfest attendees can also enjoy local art, family hayrides, a pumpkin patch, fall color chairlift rides, and a parade.
A Snowsports Summit, hosted by BOYNE Ambassador of Skiing and 2008 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee, Cary Adgate, provides the opportunity to meet freestyle skier and Winter X-Games gold medalist, Simon Dumont, and former U.S. Ski Team coach, Greg Needell. Entry to the Summit is $5 per person.
Lodging values on Boyne Mountain hotel accommodations offered from $69 and condominiums and cabins are also available. For complete Skitoberfest details and reservations, please visit www.BOYNE.com or call 800.GO.BOYNE (462-6963).