Grand Rapids Wine, Beer, and Food Festival
November 19-21 2015
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Features & Attractions

PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2014 Wine, Beer & Food Festival. 2015 information coming soon…

The Vineyard

The Vineyard

Step into the Vineyard where over one hundred wineries from around the world provide samples of as many as 1,200 assorted wines, including some hard to find, top shelf vintages!  More than a half-dozen distilleries are also expected.

The list of wines available for sampling coming soon.

Brewer’s Loft

Brewer’s Loft

Sponsored by Action Water Sports

The Festival’s popular beer area will now be located on the Main Floor – no more lines!  Step into the Brewer’s Loft and sample from dozens of these full flavored brews.  An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional.  Meet the brew masters whose products generate such passion and excitement.  Sponsored by the Michigan Brewer’s Guild.

The list of beers available for sampling coming soon.

Be sure to pick up a complimentary Brewer’s Loft beer glass for sampling, courtesy of Action Water Sports!

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Michigan BLUE Cider Row

Michigan BLUE Cider Row

NEW this year – the Michigan BLUE Cider Row will be featured in the Brewer’s Loft!

Tap into the Michigan BLUE Cider Row at the Festival, featuring more than a dozen cider producers from Michigan and nationally-known brands. Hard cider is among the fastest growing craft beverages, on a national scale. It is fermented to produce a range of flavors – from dry to sweet to sparkling.

The list of ciders available for sampling coming soon.

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The Ultimate Dining Experience

The Ultimate Dining Experience

Grand Rapids’ finest restaurants have been invited to provide “small plate” samples of their prize cuisine.  The selected restaurants will be located throughout the Festival and designated by a knife and fork insignia.  Use your tasting tickets to enjoy their special presentations.  A perfect opportunity for an unparalleled dining experience.  You will not leave the Festival hungry!

 

FEATURED RESTAURANTS:

FireRock Grille – Fine dining restaurant at StoneWater Country Club

Gilly’s at the B.O.B. – Featuring Grand Rapids’ best selection of small plates, tapas, oysters, and more

Cygnus 27Latin influenced cuisine

JU Sushi & LoungePremier sushi lounge in Grand Rapids

Anna’s HouseGreat tasting and creative breakfast and lunch restaurant

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Pairings

Pairings

We have invited the area’s finest restaurants and partnered them with distinguished wineries and breweries as they prepare, present and serve gourmet multi-course meals.  These casual settings offer chances to communicate with the chefs about their choices and decisions.  Enjoy special exclusive multi-course pairings by the chefs and sommeliers. Pairing tickets will be sold online in advance or on-site at the Festival at the Pairings Ticket booth.

Pairing Menus coming soon.

 

Sponsored by Harvey Cadillac & Harvey Lexus

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Riverfront Market

Riverfront Market

Just in time for the holidays!  Shop the Riverfront Market for gourmet food, specialty items, wine accessories and holiday gifts  including chocolates, pastas, cheeses, oils, olives, sauces, mixes, dips and more!  Cash and carry or order for easy delivery.

List of vendors at the Riverfront Market coming soon.

Food Workshops

Food Workshops

These quick demonstrations (20-30 minutes) feature chefs who share their experience and knowledge with you during engaging hands-on sessions. Food Workshops are on a first-come, first-served basis.  No pre-registration required.

Food Workshops Schedule coming soon.

RendezBREW at the Coffee, Cordials and Dessert Cafe

RendezBREW at the Coffee, Cordials and Dessert Cafe

Start your Festival experience, or make it a nightcap, with unique pairings of coffee and lattes brewed for your enjoyment with a variety of cordials, indulgent sweets and other treats. Available for the duration of the Festival in the Grand Gallery.

Gold Medal Winning Wines

Gold Medal Winning Wines

Gold Medal winners from the 2015 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging will be featured at the Festival, along with the winners from the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council!  The Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council is an 11-member Council that supports the growth of the wine and wine grape industries in Michigan.  New wineries are starting up in Michigan every year, wine grape acreage continues to grow, sales of Michigan wines are increasing, and the reputation of Michigan as a world-class wine region is gaining more national and international attention.

The winning wines that will be available for tasting at the Festival are marked in the complete Wine, Beer & Spirits list.  Look for the Gold Medal bottles at the wine displays to taste a winning wine!

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Impacting Hospitality Celebration

Impacting Hospitality Celebration

Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association have teamed up to present the Impacting the Hospitality Celebration at the Festival on Thursday at 3:30pm.  This celebration is a ceremony with three components – 1) distinguish the WAVE Award winners, recognizing excellence in hospitality in Grand Rapids and Kent County, 2) celebrate Hometown Champions who help bring national conventions to Grand Rapids and 3) recognize the Certified Tourism Ambassador Star of the Year, who demonstrated exceptional customer service to Grand Rapids visitors.

For more informotion about WAVE Awards visit:  www.waveaward.com

For more information about Hometown Champions visit:  www.bringittogr.com

For more information about the CTA  Program visit:  www.experiencegr.com/experience-grand-rapids/cta/

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