Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cars, Beats & Eats Rolls Into Flint Fields - August 9

Internationally-known Flint Fields Horse Park in Acme is gearing up to host the inaugural Cars, Beats & Eats on Saturday, August 9. This will be a great day of celebrating hot rods, customs and vintage cars; local food, brews and wines; and 50s/60s-era music headlined by Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, along with several other noted regional bands.

Located on a grassy plain at the highest point in Grand Traverse County, this event welcomes some 200 vehicles in a drive-in-theater music venue setting, designed with surround sound for a “jukebox experience”.

Live music features Delilah DeWylde and The Lost Boys, the Corvairs and headliner Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen – whose hit song “Hotrod Lincoln” is the #1 All-time car song.

Guests will enjoy a day of grilling, pinstripe artists, salons doing 50s hair styles, temporary tattoos, tailpipe flame contests, vending and auto awards, all at the picturesque six-acre Flint Fields complex, just east of Traverse City. Refreshing treats will also be served up from a one-of-a-kind, 1946 Ford Flathead V8 old-fashion soda jerk ice cream truck affectionately known as Curbie.

Food will be prepared by local chefs, supervised by Executive Chef Lauren Smaxwell – whose team recently defeated Bobby Flay on his Food Network television show Throwdown with Bobby Flay.

The day’s events begin at 10am, with registration and a 90-minute Northern Michigan Classic Cruise around Torch Lake. Activities conclude at 10pm.

Tickets for Cars, Beats & Eats are available for $15 ($20 at the door) and include entrance to the car show and all of the entertainment. Families are encouraged to attend; admission for those 17 and under is just $5 and those 3 and under are admitted free. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50 and include a covered, raised seating area with tables and chairs, offering great viewing and listening, VIP restrooms and other amenities. Drink tickets and food will be available for purchase at the event, and will be available throughout the day.

Registration for those wishing to bring their vehicles to display is $35 in advance ($40 the day of) and includes admission for one person.

Tickets are available at; space is limited. Proceeds from the event will support local auto-related nonprofits and sustainable event design though Bay Area Recycling for Charities.

Cars, Eats & Beats is presented by Porterhouse Productions and Tent Venue.

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