RadTour Marquette combines biking, local cuisine

Above, chef Jill Mielcarek prepared this pork sandwich during a past RadTour Marquette event, which encourages participants to ride bicycles to local farms and dining establishments to learn from from farmers and chefs. Right, Jeff and Aleut Hatfield participate in a previous RadTour Marquette. This year’s bicycle tour, a 35-mile roundtrip between Marquette and Ishpeming, will take place Aug. 27 with a stop at Partridge Creek Farm. (Photos courtesy of Audrey Wiedemeier)

MARQUETTE — What better way to burn off all the calories one consumes when dining and drinking at local establishments than by taking a 35-mile bicycle ride?

That’s what a group of bicyclists will do Aug. 27 during the third RadTour Marquette, described by organizers as a “culinary adventure” which involves riders making several stops at local restaurants and farming operations.

The event is held to allow participants to the opportunity to “connect with and learn from local farmers” and chefs, a release from organizers states.

The 35-mile route will begin and end in downtown Marquette, taking participants on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail to Ishpeming and back.

For this year’s event, RadTour Marquette is collaborating with Partridge Creek Farm, an educational farming operation based in downtown Ishpeming, and one of the stops on the tour.

“Riders enjoy tastings while touring the farm in the company of friends,” according to the release. “The bicycle tour is a great opportunity to bike alongside folks who believe in supporting the farmers who are growing the real food revolution.”

The tour will start with a 10 a.m. check-in at The Flying Moose, 351 W. Washington St., Marquette, with bikes leaving at 11 a.m.

Other featured stops and chefs include Cognition Brewing Company; Blackrocks Brewery; chef Pamela Perkins, of Rare Earth Goods; chef Alex Palzewicz, of DIGS; and others, according to the release.

“This is a funky day of bicycling the countryside and dining al fresco,” RadTour Director Audrey Wiedemeier said in the release. “We get to connect with our community of local farmers and (chefs) on a deeper level and hope to engender long-term economic vitality.”

The event is scheduled to last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Early-bird tickets are $45 and available for purchase at radtourbikeride.com.

Ryan Jarvi can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 270. His email address is rjarvi@miningjournal.net.