TRAVERSE CITY — Walt Langielle, proprietor of the new Walt’s Smokehouse in Honor, doesn’t know exactly how much of his signature house bacon he’ll be making for this year’s Dunesville Music Festival in Lake Ann, but his nitrate-free recipe from a 1936 Morton Salt catalog will be featured in the festival’s own food venue.
“Waken Bacon” will be located in the festival hospitality tent, where entertainers, volunteers and festival go-ers also can grab bacon wraps, bacon burritos, and other things bacon. There’ll even be an ‘as-yet-to-be-revealed’ Dunesville Brat, in honor of the festival’s new name.
“I haven’t figured that out yet,” Lingielle said. “Since we’re doing so much bacon, I’m thinking bacon, mushrooms, and Swiss. I’ve got to make some first, though, and see if it tastes okay.”
While Langielle still needs to work out the ingredients for the special brat, producer Brandon Wittig has already worked out the formula for a successful festival — scheduled for July 26-28 at the Harm Farm in Lake Ann. Wittig, new to this year’s festival, is a veteran of seven years with the Farm Festival in Johannesburg.
The Dunesville festival is taking place at the farm on Hulbert Road for the third year in a row. And for the third time, the festival name has changed. Originally known as Dunegrass, the music festival begun in 1993 near Empire, the event changed venues to the Harm Farm as Sleepy Bear Music Festival in 2011, and now is Dunesville Music Festival 2013 at the same location.
Headlining the festival are fan favorites the Ragbirds, Delilah De Wylde and the Lost Boys, and Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, along with local favorites The Accidentals, Billy Strings and Don Julin, Blake Elliott, Miriam Pico and New Third Coast. In all, 40 acts — either from Michigan or with Michigan ties — perform on three stages during the event.