Dabble brings brews, music to the Hill for May event

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published May 28, 2015

 The band Fruition will be entertaining crowds at Dabble in the Farms on May 30.

The band Fruition will be entertaining crowds at Dabble in the Farms on May 30.

Photos courtesy of Grand Circus Media and Liquid Events Detroit

FARMS — Residents can again get ready to eat, drink, be merry and raise money for charity.

The latest installment of Dabble in the Farms will take place from 6-10 p.m. May 30 on the Hill. It’s a craft tasting event that will feature beverages from local breweries, wineries and alcohol producers, along with music and popular food trucks. A portion of the funds will support Camp Casey, a nonprofit organization that offers horseback riding programs to children with cancer and their families.

Attendees will be able to see a performance by Portland-based band Fruition, which is said to play a mix of Americana, rock and bluegrass. Local singer Dan Tillery will open for Fruition.

“Dabble in the Farms is a celebration of the tastes of the season and a warm welcome to summer after a long Michigan winter,” said organizer Joe Choma, owner of Grand Circus Media, a producer of the event, in a press release. “Dabble provides us an opportunity to showcase the charming beauty and community of the Pointes and new development underway on the east side.”

Another of the event’s organizers, Liquid Events Detroit owner Jason Dritsan, said earlier this year that they’re investing heavily in Dabble — this will be the fourth such event in the Pointes — and “trying to make it a much better” community event each time.

“I feel we’ve been able to produce an event that is safe, fun (and) puts a showcase on the Hill itself,” Dritsan said.

Public Safety Director Daniel Jensen said there have been no public safety problems during past Dabble events in the Farms.

“It’s a very well-run event. … They have a great security staff,” he said.

During a March 5 Farms City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved allowing the event, provided certain conditions were met, including reimbursement to the city for any city personnel costs. Dabble uses the municipal parking lot on the Hill.

Since its inception, organizers say, the Dabble events have raised more than $20,000 for nonprofits and community groups.

Dabble tickets, which include 15 beverage samples, are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. This event is open to those ages 21 and older only, and attendees need to be able to show a valid photo identification for admission. There will also be designated driver tickets available for $15, but these will only be sold at the door. For tickets or more information, visit www.dabblegrossepointe.com.