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Farms are the Tapas

Farms are the Tapas supports farmland preservation in Ottawa County!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

6pm to 8pm

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  • chefs       Chefs

    Front and center at this event is a fun master chef cooking competition! Guests will feast on delicious farm-to-table creations made of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and then vote on their favorites. Local beer and wine will be available to purchase courtesy of Sonder Eatery.
    Our competing restaurants include:

    Butch's Dry Dock
    Sonder Eatery
    The Elbo Room
    The Farmhouse Deli
  • fundraiser   Fundraiser

    Farms are the Tapas supports farmland preservation in Ottawa County! Come prepared to donate to the cause and/or bid on our outstanding silent auction packages:



    Have you ever wanted to capture a bird’s-eye view of your farmland, residential or commercial property? If so, then this amazing item is for you. This $500 aerial photography package from Michigan Drone Pros includes a professional drone aerial photography session and up to 24 digital aerial photos of your property. You choose the date and location. Michigan Drone Pros is FAA licensed and insured, and ready to take your perspective to new heights! 



    Meat lovers listen up—this one’s for you! Half of a locally raised pig, along with a freezer to store it in, both donated by Hehlden Farm, will go home with the highest bidder! The meat will be pre-processed by Mike’s Processing in Allendale. We give this auction item 2 forks up! This porker of a package is valued at $425!



    Get your sea legs on and prepare to feel like a celebrity on a boat that makes waves and turns heads!  Grab 5 of your closest friends or family and head to the home of Cliff Meeuwsen, Chairman of our Farmland Preservation Board, on Lake Macatawa. Here you’ll board his magnificent 50’ Azimut Atlantis Coup yacht for a beautiful sunset cruise through the Lake Macatawa channel to the crystal-blue waters of Lake Michigan. Once out at sea you’ll enjoy a feast for your eyes and your appetite as you sip cocktails and dine on a three-course steak dinner (using locally sourced ingredients of course!) prepared by Cliff and his expert caterer. Heading north along the coastline, you’ll turn starboard into the channel of Grand Haven where you’ll tie up and disembark for ice cream at one of Grand Haven’s iconic ice cream parlors along the pier. This 4-hour sunset cruise culminates with a leisurely stroll back past the towering sand dunes and the Big Red Lighthouse of Holland as the sun sets over the horizon. Bring your friends. Bring your family. And definitely bring your camera because this is one experience that you’ll want to relive often! Permission to come aboard? We say “Aye aye captain!” This once-in-a-lifetime excursion, valued at $250, is available during the month of June in 2019 and will be scheduled directly with Cliff.



    You’re in for a fun fall day and tasty treats with this package! Gather up the family and head over to the Post Family Farm for a day of hay rides, a straw maze, farm animals, barn activities, pumpkin picking, and more! This awesome fall package includes a Post Family Farm Family Pass that is good for admission for up to 5 people, along with ½ dozen of their delicious pumpkin donuts. Eat them on the spot or enjoy them at home with your $50 Magnum Coffee basket overflowing with a variety of coffee, a Magnum mug, and scrumptious chocolate. As if that isn’t enough, add in 20 pounds of frozen blueberries perfect for baking or popping right in your mouth from the Bisacky Blueberry Farm! All in all, this fall package is valued at $120 (but the family memories are priceless!).



    Lovers of all things fresh and local will rejoice when they see this Visser Farms CSA Share up for grabs! With this Summer CSA Share valued at over $100, you’ll never find yourself without fresh strawberries, potatoes, carrots, celery, lettuce, honey, eggs, onions, garlic, and more. Can be used at the Visser Farm as well as the farmer’s markets in Holland, Fulton Street, Grand Haven, Rockford, Metro, and Ada.



    Fall is a fantastic time to settle in and make hearty chilis and soups, tasty dips and spreads, and savory salsas and salads. And with this basket full of locally grown heirloom beans from Shady Side Farm, the sky is the limit! The winner of this item will go home with $80-100 of heirloom beans along with some delicious tried-and-true heirloom bean recipes direct from the growers themselves.

  • music       Music

    Jack Leaver will be performing during the event! Jack, a native of West Michigan, is a uniquely talented and multi-faceted musician who is adept on guitar as well as pedal steel guitar and keyboards. Jack captivates audiences with his raw vocals and his diverse music sensibilities resonate across multiple generations.

    Jack Leaver
  • venue       Venue

    terra square

    This year’s Farms are the Tapas event will be held at beautiful Terra Square in Hudsonville. Terra Square is a place for farmers to bring their harvest, for the community to gather, for small businesses to thrive, and for families and friends to celebrate!

  • venue       Sponsors

    The Farms are the Tapas event would not be possible without generous support from our community!

    Thank you to these amazing sponsors:


    $5,000 Sponsorship Level

    Zeeland Farm Services Inc

    $1,000 Sponsorship Level

    Green Stone Farm Credit

    lil plant

    $500 Sponsorship Level

    Continental Dairy

    Speed Wrench Group
    Farmers Co op
    Choice One bank
    west michigan community bank

    In-Kind Sponsors

  • tickets       Tickets

    Tickets for Farms are the Tapas are $50. All proceeds support farmland preservation in Ottawa County!

    Purchase your tickets before July 31, 2018 for a chance to win the Early Bird Gift Basket valued at $125. Inside the Early Bird Gift Basket you’ll find $25 gift cards to each of our four (4) participating restaurants ($100 total) and a Farmhaus Cider Co. howler with a free fill!

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