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Empire Asparagus Festival – May 19 – 21, 2017

Join the Village of Empire at its 14th Annual Empire Asparagus Festival


Updated schedule coming soon – Below is information from 2016…


2016 Schedule of Events

Please note that this schedule may be
subject to change as planning continues.


7:00pm to 10:00pm – Dance & Pig Roast

ENTRY FEE $5.00 under 16 FREE

Front St. Empire – Click here for directions

Come Dance & Dine on Art’s Taverns famous Pig Roast and wash it down with one of your favorite Right Brain Brewery Brew!! It will be a foot-stompin’ butt swingin’ good time with music from STROBELITE HONEY!!!!


10:00 AM – 5K Kick Ass-paragus Fun Run/Walk
Registration for the run starts at 9.00am at Empire Public Beach
Click here for more info on the run!
NOON – Asparagus Recipe Contest Asparagas Cook-Off

Due to the events popularity the audience will be limited to a fisrst come first served 100 people in line

Recipe Contest Entry Form

1:00PM to 4:00PM – Empire Area Museum is open.

Click here to visit our site

2.00pm ODE to ASPARAGUS POETRY Competition

Children, Youth & Adult Catergories with Prizes for esch.

Please send entries Including Name, Age and Contact info via email to

Under the Big Tent on Front Street


1pm thru 3pm – BoBossa Swing Band

4pm thru 6pm – Benjamion James & The Old Mission Collective

7pm thru 9pm The Benzie Playboys

Asparagus Eats plus Wine and Beer Tasting under The BIG TENT

NOON. thru 9:00 p.m.

ENTRY FEE $5.00 under 16 FREE


Hearth & Vine Black Star Farms

Deerings Market

Scalawags Fish & Chips

MI Grill (Baytown Kitchen)

Fire Dog Artisan Pizza

Art’s Tavern

Kontiki Foods

Little Traverse Inn

Cedar Sol Taco

Norconk’s Fresh Asparagus


Right Brain Brewery

Black Star Farms

Bel Largo Vineyard & Winery

St. Ambrose Cellars

Lake Ann Brewery

Accoustic Mead


Sunday May 19th Empire Eagles Eagles Famous Breakfast

8am to noon at the Empire Township Hall


Visit the Empire Asparagus Festival Website >>>>


Empire Asparagus Festival On Facebook

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


Submit your poetry in the Ode to Asparagus poetry contest!

Ode to Asparagus poetry contestMay 20, 2:00pmGlen Lake Community LibraryHelp celebrate our favorite local rite of spring – the Empire Asparagus Festival – by sharing your asparagus-themed poetry. All styles of poems are acceptable – serious or silly, rhyming or free form, even limericks (PG only, please). Submit your verse by Thursday, May 18, along with your name and contact information, to: Glen Lake Community Library, PO Box 325, Empire, MI 49630; or by email to Or, simply drop your work off at the library. Then, come present your verse at the reading on on May 20. Prizes will be awarded to the top three poems, as determined in advance by our review panel, along with a Best in Show audience pick.
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Ode to Asparagus poetry contest

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Cant wait!!!!😋😋😋


Hello All, here's a provisional schedule for the 2017 Empire Asparagus Festival, we're looking forward to seeing you all soon!!
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Hello All, heres a provisional schedule for the 2017 Empire Asparagus Festival, were looking forward to seeing you all soon!!

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Looking forward to going for the first time

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