Organizers of the 21st annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort today announced some details of the festival’s new partnership with Kroger and Oakland Community College. 

The Labor Day weekend event, Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in downtown Royal Oak has teamed with Kroger for a “Zero Hunger Zero Waste” program involving Forgotten Harvest, restaurants participating in Arts, Beats & Eats and members of the Royal Oak Restaurant Association. More than 75 participating businesses are expected to donate a minimum of two large pans of food for local nonprofit organizations like Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit Rescue Mission and Detroit Boxing Club. 

Also new this year, Oakland Community College’s visual and performing arts and culinary students will be given a spotlight via live performances, art exhibits and cooking demos. 

Arts, Beats & Eats will return with many fitness elements this summer, too, with Dance Jam and yoga classes. 

Additional details of the four-day event, including musical headliners, will be announced at a later date. Visit or call 248-541-7550 for more information.

Twitter: @melodybaetens

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