Hundreds of vendors in seven exhibit areas will take over The Palace for the What's Cooking Detroit food and cooking expo. Visitors can sample food, taste wine, or check out new kitchen products. At the Culinary U stage, hourly classes lend tips for artfully frosting cakes and cupcakes, and the Healthy Living stage dishes out wholesome recipes.
Birmingham’s Uptown Film Festival honors area filmmakers reaping the benefits of the Michigan Film Incentive, which—since it was passed in 2008—has stepped to the forefront of the film industry with the creation of more than 11,000 jobs. Comedies, dramas, and documentaries from the Mitten and beyond squeeze into the projector’s cylindrical glow at the Birmingham 8 and Birmingham Palladium 12 theaters, where several films will be debuting their Michigan premieres. Festive galas and postshow parties allow cinephiles to drop spec scripts in the drinks of their favorite filmmakers, each of whom longs for an award from a discerning crew of local professionals and film critics.
As the sun sets over Lake St. Clair, the Splash Summer Series Summer Kickoff raucously welcomes in the season. Revelers head to the Tinfish Jefferson Beach Marina to take in a dazzling light and sound show on the tiki bar deck, or marvel as flying cirque performers manipulate flames in defiance of gravity and the laws of thermodynamics. DJs including Matt Aubrey & Holevar, Shawn Michaels and DJ Marky G set the soundtrack to the night, and a late-night food menu keeps partiers fueled until 4 a.m.
The Celiac Awareness Tour travels across the country to promote awareness of celiac disease and energize enthusiasm for gluten-free living. Each stop features presenters that range from medical experts who have studied celiac disease to vendors of gluten-free goods. Chefs' demonstrations exhibit recipes that don't contain gluten or Cracker Jacks prizes. Guests can also flit from booth to booth sampling gluten-free items from both local and national manufacturers and merchants, such as Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery, Natural Nectar, Feel Good Foods, and Redwood Hill Farms.