A break in the latest heat wave made the 2022 Southeast Michigan ConeyFest an enjoyable event on a Sunday afternoon. We can still smell the chili and onions on our fingers as we type this recap. The event was held on the stunning Packard Proving Grounds Historical Site in Shelby Township, Michigan. A pavilion full of local food artisans and craft makers, plus live music, rounded out the event.
The smell of chili filled the air as we surveyed the grounds upon our arrival. The Flint Coney from B Dogs was appealing since the last dog we had in that style was from the famous Starlite in Davison. In addition to their classic, the friendly dudes at B Dogs offered a Flint-style coney with crushed Frito’s for crunch and jalapenos for heat. It’s safe to say their dogs were a hit as evidenced by their People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice honors.
We appreciated the bold — dare we say, radical — decision for Michigan-based Radical Plants to join the fray with their vegan Carrot Coney. Purists may consider it blasphemous for a non-meat dog to show up at ConeyFest, but it was the most flavorful thing we ate all day! Kudos to them for making some downright delicious vegan eats. We can’t wait to get our hands on their Better Than Ranch Superdip.
Amaizeing Dawgs served fresh squeezed lemonade in addition to their grilled hot dogs. The stand is owned and operated by two students, so we were happy to show our support. We wished that we got to taste their chili — it must have been fantastic since they were sold out by 1 PM! Their University of Michigan theme is bound to please diehard Wolverine fans as well.
If stuffing your face with delicious dogs wasn’t enough, hourly tours of the Packard Motor Car Foundation’s collection of cars added to the ConeyFest’s appeal. We also snagged some cheesecake stuffed banana bread from Dutch Maiden Farm and a brownie from Sunny’s Box. Safe to say we left stuffed and happy.