Cereal Festival in Battle Creek, Michigan

cereal festival

If I could fly anywhere today, I might choose Battle Creek, Michigan, where the annual Cereal Festival takes place June 10 and 11, 2016.

The festival celebrates the city’s heritage as the birthplace of America’s flaked cereal industry and kicks off tonight with a parade in downtown Battle Creek – the Cereal Capital of the World.

Saturday morning, everyone – perhaps 70,000 people – can sit down at the world’s longest breakfast table, where hundreds of volunteers will be serving a breakfast of … cereal.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau (evidently a big fan of breakfast cereal), shredded Wheat, created around 1893 in Denver, was the first “enduring” breakfast cereal in the U.S and today 11 of the 69 breakfast cereal manufacturers in the U.S. have Michigan addresses.

Battle Creek’s Kellogg’s and Post companies are the most well-known cereal makers and overall the cereal industry generates $9.8 billion of product annually.

On the road and craving cereal?

There’s a branch of Cereality – where dozens of hot and cold cereals are on the menu – at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Terminal C, Gate 6. Hours: 5:30 a.m. till 9 p.m.

Pep Cereal

Stuck at DFW? Visit the observation park; learn something

DFW International Airport

DFW International Airport is big.

Within its 30 square miles are five terminals, two full-service hotels, a multi-million dollar collection of art and a golf course. There’s also Founders’ Plaza: DFW’s public observation park.

DFW Founders plaza

The park has the airport’s original beacon, along with shaded picnic tables, viewing stations and a live audio feed of the radio conversations from the air traffic control tower.

And now it has six, black-granite sidewalk medallions, each four-feet in diameter.

DFW Founder Plaza_ medallion

Laser-etched into the surface of each medallion is information about the history of the airport and of commercial aviation in north Texas. A different piece of the story is told on each medallion.

Want to see them for yourself? Founders’ Plaza is located at North Airfield Drive and Texan Trail, just south of State Highway 114 in Grapevine.

No time to leave the terminals? No problem. DFW has some nifty stuff inside as well. My favorites: the Cereality breakfast bar where you choose cereal and toppings and pajama-clad Cereologists fill up the bowl; the two La Bodega Winery locations and all the great artwork in Terminal D.

DFW ART in Terminal D

Photos courtesy DFW Airport.