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Features & Attractions
The VineyardStep 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 LoftThere’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. 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 HouseTap 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. The list of ciders available for sampling coming soon… Sponsored by:
The Ultimate Dining ExperienceGrand 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 – Globally influenced American 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
six.one.six. – The JW’s signature restaurant, offering highly inspired cuisine
Reserve Wine & Food – Modern American cuisine
JU Sushi & Lounge – Premier sushi lounge in Grand Rapids
Terra GR - Inspired, handcrafted foods
New Holland Brewing- American pub fare, seasonally inspired by local agriculture
Anna’s House – Great tasting and creative breakfast and lunch restaurant
Sandy Point Beach House – Focused fusion cuisine that the lakeshore knows and loves
Gilly’s at the B.O.B.
Louis Benton – Classic American steakhouse with a heavy Chicago influence
PairingsWe 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 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
Grower’s Champagne FlightsAdd 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. CLICK HERE to view the Champagne Flight Menu Sponsored by:
Riverfront MarketJust 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 WorkshopsThese 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 StageNeed 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 VineyardPianist, 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 Sponsored by:
Really Keely Acoustic Trio at the Brewer’s Loft Music StageGreat 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 – 9pmSponsored by: