Food, Beer & Fun: June Events in the D

By: Amber Ogden | June 2, 2015

We’re two days into the month of June, which means just 19 more days until it is officially summer in the D! While this week’s forecast already predicts a string of beautiful weather, there’s nothing like eagerly anticipating the start of summer.

There are plenty of things to keep you occupied in southeast Michigan throughout the month of June, whether you’re looking for a fun cocktail event, a dinner party or a way to spend some time with your furry best friend. Let’s take a look at some activities in Metro Detroit this month, and get ready to pencil quite a few into your social calendar!

Zingerman’s Camp Bacon kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday, June 3 and runs through Sunday, June 7. The 6th annual event is about bacon in all forms, and features a variety of events. On Wednesday, enjoy a Potlikker Film Festival beginning at 7 p.m., which includes documentaries of Southern food makers.

Bakin’ with Bacon at BAKE! workshops will be held on Thursday and Friday of this week from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and cost $125 per person. During the day, you’ll learn to make three bacon-filled baked goods, including peppered bacon farm bread, bacon cheddar scones and sweet and salty bacon pecan sandy cookies. You’ll also get to witness a maple glazed bacon apple doughnut demo, which is worth the cost of the class alone. You can find the full schedule of Camp Bacon events here, and know that the proceeds from Camp Bacon will benefit two nonprofit organizations: The Southern Foodways Alliance and the 4H Club of Washtenaw County.

Brick’s of Northville, 133 W. Main St., Northville, is a great place for happy hour or Wine Down Wednesday, but this weekend, head there for brunch. On Sunday, June 7, Breaking Brunch at Brick’s will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with select chefs showing off their craft, live cooking demos and music, and plenty of craft cocktails to go around.

Tickets cost $50 and include food and one mimosa. The event will benefit local charities Angels of Hope and Main Street League, so not only will you be able to fill up on an excellent meal and enjoy some great live tunes, but some of the proceeds will benefit one of two great organizations. Tickets can be purchased online.

Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, is a great brewery with a tasty food menu (try the falafel!). The brewery often hosts special events and tastings, like the upcoming Beer Tasting: Fruits, Ciders & Sours on Wednesday, June 10.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., take your pick of nearly two dozen summertime beer samples, including blueberry stouts, cherry alts and more. There will be a few Arbor Brewing Company fan favorites (like Strawberry Blonde), as well as some surprises. Whether you like your beer sweet or spicy, light or a little heartier, there will be something for everyone.

The evening will be complete with an appetizer buffet, a program with tasting notes and door prizes at the end of the evening. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

HopCat, 4265 Woodward Ave., Detroit, is a great place to hang out any ol’ day of the week, but on Monday, June 22, there’s an even better reason to swing by. Join HopCat for a Very Merry Beer Dinner courtesy of New Holland Brewing Co. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The evening will start with a Full Circle Kolsch-Style welcome beer followed by four courses of delicious food and thirst-quenching suds. The pre-fix menu is as follows:

  • First course: We’re All Mad! Spring Salad with shrimp, paired with New Holland White Hatter
  • Second course: The Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar’s Baked Baby Portabella Mushroom Cap, paired with New Holland Rye Hatter
  • Third course: Off with Your Head! Summer Pot Roast, paired with New Holland Tazmanian Hatter
  • Fourth course: Down the Rabbit Hole Carrot Cake, paired with New Holland Imperial Hatter

The meal costs $30 per person, and tickets can be purchased online.

Como’s, 22812 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, knows that us dog lovers enjoy spending as much time as possible with our furry companions. As such, the eatery is hosting Canine to Five’s Drinking with Dogs on the patio on Tuesday, June 23.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy the evening and the open air with Fido by your side. Your pup must be leashed, but other than that, you’re free to enjoy happy hour as usual. Order a cocktail, as well as some appetizers like Cheddar Cheese Poppers, Breaded Zucchini or Shrimp Cocktail. Don’t skip out on the pizza while you’re there either, as it is what Como’s is known for.

No matter how you plan on filling your spare time this month, enjoy the month of June in southeast Michigan, and spend as much time outdoors as humanly possible. That’s my friendly piece of advice, anyways. Let’s get ready for summer, Metro Detroiters!