November 20 - 22, 2014
Features & Attractions
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…
There’s more than just wine to be sampled at the Festival! The Festival’s popular Brewer’s Loft located on the 3rd floor of DeVos Place has been expanded again this year! 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!
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.
Grand Rapids’ Finest Restaurants
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!
San Chez - Blend of authentic European and Mediterranean cuisine
We have invited the area’s finest restaurants and partnered them with distinguished wineries as they prepare, present and serve gourmet multi-course meals. These casual settings offer chances to communicate with the chefs and winemakers about their choices and decisions. Enjoy special exclusive multi-course pairings by the chefs and sommeliers of San Chez, Reds on the River and Spinnaker. Pairings are $30 – $45 per person and will be sold online in advance or on-site at the Festival at the Pairings Ticket booth.
Pairings menus coming soon…
Just in time for the holidays! Shop the Riverfront Market for gourmet food, specialty items and high-end accessories including chocolates, granola, cheeses, peirogies, oils, coffee, and more! Cash and carry or order for easy delivery.
These quick demonstrations feature chefs and food specialists presenting on topics such as sushi, balsamic vinegar, easy holiday recipes, and more!
Food Workshops Schedule coming soon…
Cordials & Desserts
Start your Festival experience, or make it a nightcap, with unique pairings of brandy, dessert wines and indulgent sweets. Available for the duration of the Festival in the Grand Gallery.
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!
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 4pm. This Celebration is a ceremony to distinguish the WAVE Award winners, recognizing excellence in hospitality in Grand Rapids and Kent County, and the Hometown Champs who help to bring national conventions to Grand Rapids. Every day, service providers create a positive experience for guests and residents, and it is the goal of the WAVE Awards that the hard work and dedication of those individuals is truly noticed.
For more info visit: www.waveaward.com