In the most recent episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, which premiered March 7, the Travel Channel show’s host visited several featured locations around the Keweenaw, sampling the signature cuisine of the area.
“The nineteenth-century copper boom led Michigan mining companies to recruit cheap Finnish laborers,” explained Zimmern in the “Great Lakes” episode of Bizarre Foods. “The new immigrants settled in Hancock, and to this day, it remains an epicenter for Finnish businesses and Finlandia University.”
Many aspects of local U.P. culinary delights and cultural quirks were featured in the episode, and chief among them were the Finnish influences of the area. Zimmern visited with a Finnish family on their homestead, featured delicious U.P. Foods and Volwerth’s meat products, visited Peterson’s Fish Market in Hancock, made pasties, and enjoyed the therapeutic properties of a traditional sauna, among many other local customs. “Exploring Michigan’s Upper Peninsula reveals a special place maintained by a handful of people who are built with integrity, resilience and kindness.”
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