Grand Rapids Wine, Beer, and Food Festival
Nov 19-21, 2015

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.

To view list of wines available for sampling CLICK HERE

Brewer’s Loft

Brewer’s Loft

There’s more than just wine to be sampled at the Festival!  The Festival’s popular beer area is located on the 3rd floor of DeVos Place.  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.

To view the list of beers available for sampling CLICK HERE

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 House

Michigan BLUE Cider House

Tap into the Michigan BLUE Cider House 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.

To view list of ciders available for sampling CLICK HERE

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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!




Cygnus 27 – Latin influenced cuisine

Intermission – Fine dining restaurant at the Van Andel Arena

FireRock Grille – Fine dining restaurant at StoneWater Country Club

San Chez – Blend of authentic European and Mediterranean cuisine JW’s signature restaurant, offering highly inspired cuisine

Reserve Wine & FoodModern American cuisine

JU Sushi & LoungePremier sushi lounge in Grand Rapids

Terra GR – Inspired, handcrafted foods

New Holland Brewing- American pub fare, seasonally inspired by local agriculture

Anna’s HouseGreat tasting and creative breakfast and lunch restaurant

Sandy Point Beach HouseFocused fusion cuisine that the lakeshore knows and loves

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

Louis BentonClassic American steakhouse with a heavy Chicago influence

Two Scott’s BarbecueSimple, straight forward barbecue

Curry Kitchen -Authentic Indian restaurant


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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 of Bar Divani, Tre Cugini, San Chez, Reds on the River and Spinnaker. Pairing tickets will be sold online in advance or on-site at the Festival at the Pairings Ticket booth.

CLICK HERE to view the Pairing Menus


Sponsored by Harvey Cadillac & Harvey Lexus



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Grower’s Champagne Flights

Grower’s Champagne Flights

Add a little extra class to your glass with an intimate tasting with Bradford Hammerschmidt from Imperial Beverage on the balcony overlooking the Festival. Each of the flights will be paired with regional cheeses and charcuterie from Terra GR. Flights offered Friday and Saturday only.

Bradford Hammerschmidt is a 20 year veteran of the wine business and one of the founding partners of Imperial Beverage’s State Wide Distributor. Having lived and worked in Europe he developed a love for “Old World” wines and certainly is a proponent of estate bottled grower champagnes from the small family producers of Champagne, France.

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CLICK HERE to view the Champagne Flight Menu


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Meet Chef Jason Roberts

Meet Chef Jason Roberts

Chef Jason will be in the AGA Marvel booth giving live cooking demonstrations!  Stop by to meet this New Zealand native who is best known for his charismatic smile and fun personality.

Roberts is an internationally known chef who has made appearances on Good Morning America, The Wayne Brady Show, The Sharon Osburne Show, E!, The Style Network’s You’re Invited, New York City’s morning show Ali & Jack, and Talk Soap with Lisa Rinna. Plus, he is a former cast member of the daytime talk show The Chew. He is the author of two cookbooks, Elements and Graze: Lots of Little Meals Fast.  Jason believes meal time fosters deeper connections between family and friends.  Come meet Chef Jason at the Festival!


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.

CLICK HERE to see the list of vendors that will be at the Riverfront Market

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.

CLICK HERE for the Food Workshops Schedule

Grand Gallery Music Stage

Need to recharge?  Take a break at the seating area located in the Grand Gallery while enjoying music from talented musicians.

Grand Gallery Music Stage Schedule

Thursday: Nickel & Dime ~ 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday: Matt Foresman ~ 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturday: Nickel & Dime ~ 1pm – 4pm

Saturday: Mark Sala ~ 5pm – 9pm

Steve Talaga Trio in the Vineyard

Steve Talaga Trio in the Vineyard

Pianist, composer, arranger, West Michigan Jazz Society’s “2008 Jazz Musician of the Year,” Steve Talaga will entertain Festival attendees at the New Holland Spirit Lounge throughout the Festival.

Steve’s Performance Schedule

Thursday:  5:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday:  5:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturday:  1pm – 4pm & 5pm – 9:30pm

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Really Keely Acoustic Trio at the Brewer’s Loft Music Stage

Really Keely Acoustic Trio at the Brewer’s Loft Music Stage

Great beer. Great music. Relax with friends at the Brewer’s Loft Music Stage! Enjoy a selection of fantastic beer while listening to the acoustic blues, classic pop and rock, and original songs of the Really Keely Acoustic Trio. The Keely group has been a part of the Festival since its inception. Pub music that is a perfect complement to the full flavored artisan brews in the Brewer’s Loft.


Really Keely Performance Schedule

Thursday:  6:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday:  7pm – 10pm

Saturday:  2pm – 5pm & 6pm – 9pm

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Michigan BLUE Cider House Music Stage

Enjoy the music of Sam Corbin throughout the weekend in the Michigan BLUE Cider House while you sample some tasty hard ciders and perry.

Cider House Music Stage Schedule

Thursday:  6:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday:  5:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturday:  5pm – 9pm

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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 2014 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:

For more information about Hometown Champions visit:

For more information about the CTA  Program visit:

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