Guidelines for Participation
The following are the guidelines for participation in the Arts and Eats Rural Backroads Tour. Participants must meet the criteria stated below and return their completed application and payment by 5 pm on the posted deadline.
For farms: Specialty crop farms must be growing food for sale to local markets or selling a product made on their farm using local materials. Farms featuring heritage animals are also considered for tour sites. Michigan-made, value-added agricultural products may be considered for sale at central sites.
Participant Partner Guidelines: Tour sites must be within the designated areas of Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren Counties and are restricted to restaurants selected by the Arts and Eats Committee. Farm sites agree to be open 10:00-5:00 on October 17 and 18, 2020.
Returning restaurants: $70 ($95 if applying after early bird period)
New restaurants: $85 ($105 if applying after early bird period)
If applicants are not accepted to 2020 Arts and Eats, the participation fee will be refunded. No refunds will be given if an applicant is selected as a participant and later withdraws.
Tour Promotion: Each site/participant is expected to promote the Arts and Eats tour through its networks independently of the general Tour promotions. Each participant will be provided with copies of the Map and Guide for distribution. Participants agree to provide the Arts and Eats Committee with information and photographs/video for the website, Map and Guide, and other promotions/promotional activities.
Signage: Each site will prominently display Arts and Eats signs during the tour to help direct visitors to the site. New farms will be provided with one large and two directional signs.
Map and Guide: The Map and Guide gives visitors information about tour locations and serves as a reference after the Tour. The map is given out during the year to visitors through Arts Councils, Chambers of Commerce, and other partners. Participant Partners are responsible for distribution of the Maps they are given for the greatest promotional impact.
Other promotion: Arts and Eats promotion is year-round. Participants may send calendar updates and special events to the marketing coordinator, who will post throughout the year.