3rd annual Made in Michigan Festival celebrated in Allen Park

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Kim Brinsden, from Dearborn Heights, buys wood-made flowers at the Made in Michigan Festival in Allen Park on Sept. 29, 2018.

Allen Park — Metro Detroiters shopped local at the Made in Michigan Festival supporting handcrafted items from around the state in downtown Allen Park. 

The third annual Made in Michigan Festival was held in between Southfield Road and Park Avenue. The event featured more than 80 vendors, food trucks and live music.

Everything from handmade jewelry, woodworking, glassblowing, to photography was showcased in the hopes of promoting local artists and businesses, said Jim Beri, Director of Business Development with the Allen Park Chamber of Commerce. 

K-Cup Michigan coffee holder at the Made in Michigan Festival in Allen Park on Sept. 29, 2018.

"We've grown. It's practically doubled this year... Last year, we only had about 50 booths and this year we have 84," said Beri. "It's all to help local artists and businesses gain more exposure and it's a fun event."

Edibles like baked goods, salsa, dips, bread, jams and ice cream were at every turn.

"I bought some lovely cranberry raisin bread from Artisan Great Bread Company," said Laura Christy, 62, from Rockwood. "I came because it's all made in Michigan and we like to buy local."

Locally made deodorant from Twisted Willow Soap Co. features smells from Metro Detroit.

Kim Brinsden said she also sought out the festival to find unique items that were made locally and buy hand. 

"We bought these flowers that are made out of wood shavings, bath bombs, salsa, ice cream and nutty bars," said Brinsden, 55, from Dearborn Heights. "It's important to support local rather than chains."

Patio lawn chairs and UP table given away in a contest from the Chamber of Commerce.


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