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PastyFest, held every summer in downtown Calumet, celebrates the Keweenaw meat pie's history with old fashioned games, a parade, and a Pasty Bake-Off for the coveted Copper Pasty Award. (Visit the photo album of the 2005 Pasty Fest). Remember – it’s pronounced “PASS-tee.”

Whitefish Fishing By Michigan Indian Tribes
Tribal commercial and subsistence fishing is big in the Marquette area. In fact, in 2000, tribal fishermen caught more trout than licensed sport fishermen in the region. Tribal fishing focuses mostly on whitefish, but other species such as lake trout, salmon, and herring are popular. Treaties – some dating to the 19th century - govern tribal fishing practices, attempting to protect tribal commercial and subsistence interests while preventing overfishing. In addition, some tribes operate fish hatcheries, such as the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

The thimbleberry is a wild fruit which resembles the raspberry but is larger, flatter, and softer. Thimbleberries make an excellent jam which is sold as a local delicacy in the Keweenaw Peninsula.

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July 13 - Aug. 25, 2007
Key Ingredients Michigan Foodways. Keweenaw Heritage Center, Calumet.

August 22, 2007
7:00 p.m., “Brewing Large,” Tour of Keweenaw Brewing Company Canning Facility, South Range

August 25, 2007
3:00 p.m., Tim Scarlett and Lee Sweitz, “Foodways in the Long View: Archaeologists talk about Food, People, and the Passing of Time on Earth,” Keweenaw Heritage Center, Calumet

Host Site: Keweenaw Heritage Center

Kim Hoagland
Keweenaw Heritage Center
25880 Red Jacket Rd.
Calumet, MI 49913
Phone: 906-487-2110
email: hoagland [at] mtu.edu

Calumet Recipe: Pasties


The Jampot


Harbor Haus

Harbor Haus

Michigan House Cafe & Brew Pub

Michigan House

Pasty Fest

Pasty Fest



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