SOURCE: Michigan Humanities Council

May 23, 2007 17:19 ET

Key Ingredients Michigan Foodways Opens at May 26 Chelsea Market Faire

Governor Granholm Proclamation, Michigan Recipe Story Contest Winner to Be Announced

CHELSEA, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2007 -- The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) kicks off the 2007-2008 Key Ingredients Michigan Foodways tour on Saturday, May 26, at the Chelsea Market Faire, McKune Memorial Library, Chelsea. Key Ingredients is a Smithsonian exhibit depicting our national food culture. Michigan Foodways is a Michigan State University Museum exhibit exploring our state's food story by examining Michigan's rich agriculture, its diverse ethnic cuisines, and its special culinary traditions.

"The Michigan Humanities Council is pleased to tour a pair of exhibits that examine and explore our cultural and historical connections to food," said Janice Fedewa, MHC Executive Director.

The event begins with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. and includes a proclamation from Governor Jennifer Granholm declaring May 26, 2007, as "Michigan Foodways Day." The winner of the Michigan Recipe Story Contest will be announced; stories, recipes, and results are available at www.michiganfoodways.org. Other activities include entertainment, tasting tents, farmer's market, and more. The Market Faire concludes at 3 p.m.

Key Ingredients Michigan Foodways exhibits will debut at each site for six-weeks through spring 2008. Each community will also add its own flavor. The tour schedule is:

--  CHELSEA: Chelsea District (McKune Memorial) Library. May 26 - July 8,
    2007
--  CALUMET: Keweenaw Heritage Center. July 13 - Aug. 26, 2007
--  CHEBOYGAN: Cheboygan Area Public Library. Aug. 31 - Oct. 14, 2007
--  WHITEHALL: White Lake Community Library. Oct. 19 - Dec. 2, 2007
--  FRANKENMUTH: Frankenmuth Historical Museum. Dec. 7, 2007 - Jan. 27,
    2008
--  DUNDEE: Old Mill Dundee. Feb. 1 - Mar. 16, 2008
    
For more information, visit www.michiganfoodways.org.

Key Ingredients Michigan Foodways has been made possible in Michigan by the Michigan Humanities Council. Key Ingredients is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Michigan Foodways is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council and MSU Museum, with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Select Michigan, Schoolcraft College, The Common Grill, Michigan Sugar Company, MSU Agricultural Experiment Station, MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and MSU Extension.

The Michigan Humanities Council, founded in 1974, is the state's independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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