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Empire Asparagus Festival – May 17 – 19, 2019

Friday

Dance and Pig Roast
7pm to 10pm  |  Front Street

Dance to the music of Jack Pine and enjoy a traditional pig roast.

Entrance $5  |  Pig Roast Price TBA

Saturday

5k Kick Yer Ass-paragus Fun Run/Walk

9am: Registration begins  | 10am: Race begins | Empire Public beach

Enjoy a scenic run by the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and finish at the pavilion for refreshments and prizes.  All runners get free entry to festival, a free drink ticket, and a customized t-shirt (a combined value of $30)— just show your run number!

Registration begins at 9am at Empire Public beach. Entry fee is $25 for standard runners and $15 for walkers and juniors up to 17 years old. All entry fees include t-shirt.

Register here!    |    Download Official Registration Form

Asparagus Recipe Contest and Cook-Off
Noon  | Empire Township Hall
Download Entry Form

Free to enter, this competition is open to anyone who loves asparagus! Participants create asparagus dishes for the public to sample while competing for cash prizes. This year, food vendors can also participate in the new professional category.

Empire Area Museum Open House
1pm to 4pm   | 11544 S Lacore Rd.

“Ode To The Asparagus” Poetry Contest
2pm  | Glen Lake Community Library

Celebrate a local rite of spring by listening to (or sharing your own!) asparagus-themed poetry. All styles of poems are acceptable and prizes will be awarded. Check out the Glen Lake Library expansion plans!

All day: Asparagus Eats + Wine and Beer Tasting

Noon to 10pm  |  Under the Big Tent

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

Amelia Vanderberg Piano Recital Noon to 1:30pm

Keith Scott Blues Guitarist 1:30pm to 3:00pm

The Stellar Association Band 4:00pm to 6:00pm

5th Gear Band 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Benzie Playboys 8:00pm to 10:30pm

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

Children’s Magic Show with Gordon Russ – 3:00pm to 4:00pm

“Miss Asparagus on Stilts” Presented by Cherry Life Productions –  2pm to 4pm

Northwood’s Soda Children’s Soda Bar – open Noon to 5pm

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Empire Asparagus Festival On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Empire Asparagus Festival Page On Facebook.

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Having Asparagus Withdrawl?? Head over to Arts Tavern in Glen Arbor!!Art's Asparagus Festival Weekend Featuring Norconk Farm Asparagus Exclusively!

Friday June 5th All Day - Perch Dinner With Asparagus Pasta Salad, French Fries Or Tater Tots

Saturday June 6th & Sunday June 7th Starting At Noon - Deep Fried Asparagus With Art's Special Lemon Mustard Sauce

Friday June 5th, Saturday June 6th, & Sunday June 7th
Asparagus Brats With Asparagus Pasta Salad
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Having Asparagus Withdrawl?? Head over to Arts Tavern in Glen Arbor!!

Comment on Facebook

Tony Hatty, it is !!! 🍀

This year's asparagus recipes have been compiled into a recipe book to help inspire your spring meals! You can access and download the pdf version of the book at the link below.

A big thank you to everyone who submitted, to Grocer's Daughter Chocolate for their contribution to our prizes, and to Mel and Fell for sharing a few recipes and words about asparagus!

empirechamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020-Asparagus-Festival-Recipe-Book.pdf
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This years asparagus recipes have been compiled into a recipe book to help inspire your spring meals! You can access and download the pdf version of the book at the link below. 

A big thank you to everyone who submitted, to Grocers Daughter Chocolate for their contribution to our prizes, and to Mel and Fell for sharing a few recipes and words about asparagus! 

https://empirechamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020-Asparagus-Festival-Recipe-Book.pdf

Comment on Facebook

I made this from your focaccia recipe!

Beautiful job on the recipe book, Mae Stier!

Any update on the virtual Ode contest? Haven't seen any posts about participants or who won.

Oh rats, the only year I didn’t enter.

There is still time to participate in the #kickyerassparagus5k! Head over to the link below, sign up, and be a part of this great virtual event. Run or walk where you are and share your photos on social media. Participants will receive a 2020 Asparagus Festival t-shirt mailed to them.

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There is still time to participate in the #kickyerassparagus5k! Head over to the link below, sign up, and be a part of this great virtual event. Run or walk where you are and share your photos on social media. Participants will receive a 2020 Asparagus Festival t-shirt mailed to them. 

https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Empire/VirtualKickYerAssparagus5kRunWalk

Comment on Facebook

We won! Ran the official course Sunday the 24th...we won! First place tie...first in age groups, best times...great day! And an asparagus bloody Mary at the friendly per tradition!

Have emails been sent out with information on shirts? We’re looking forward to getting ours in the mail!💚

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