Since 2010, Grow Benzie has hosted fundraisers to help generate operating revenues to compliment the grants and earned income created from facility rentals and program fees.
For years, our primary event was a Garden Party held in July at Grow Benzie. Organized as a dinner auction event, we’ve featured local chefs from area restaurants, as well as national food & musical celebrities. In 2015, Grow Benzie started Bayou on the Bay, a blues and zydeco festival on beautiful Betsie Bay in Frankfort, Michigan. Combining Louisiana flavors- both music and cuisine- with Michigan ingredients, has attracted over 700 attendees each year sinc we started.
In 2017, Grow Benzie combined the two fundraisers into one: Bayou in the Barn on July 7th at St. Ambrose Cellars (Beulah, Michigan). We’re hosting two Grammy Award winners- including Chubby Carrier and Peter “Madcat” Ruth- serving all your favorite Louisiana dishes, and offering both a silent & live auction. Click HERE for event details. Tickets are available HERE or at Grow Benzie’s Monday Farmers Market.