Grand Rapids Wine, Beer, and Food Festival
Nov 20 - 22
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Grand Rapids Wine, Beer, and Food Festival

A celebration of culinary crafts! The largest wine and beer tasting event in the Midwest comes together in November! Measured by 1,200+ wines and 200+ beers, plus ciders and spirits! Now in its 7th year, this festival has established itself as Michigan’s premier event for the celebration and tasting of the finest foods, wines, beers, ciders and spirits. From the connoisseur who lives and breathes for the finer things in life to the novice looking for an introduction to the world of food and spirits, the International Wine, Beer & Food Festival will deliver a grand experience that is sure to please every palette.

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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Pairings

Pairings

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach® and The Standup Sommelier®

Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach® and The Standup Sommelier®

Laurie Forster, is an award-winning sommelier, author, radio personality and comedian.  Her career began in Manhattan where she studied with the American Sommelier Association to obtain her certificate in Viticulture and ...
Chef Daniel Joly

Chef Daniel Joly

Belgian-born Master Chef Daniel Joly graduated from the Culinary Institute of Brussels in 1986. He continued to train at Michelin Guide Three-start Michelin in Brussels. Chef Joly came to the United States in 1988 where he ...
Shari Steinbach, MS RD, Meijer Healthy Living Advisor

Shari Steinbach, MS RD, Meijer Healthy Living Advisor

For the past 23 years Shari has worked as a dietitian in the grocery industry and has served as the Healthy Living Manager for Meijer in Grand Rapids, Michigan since 2003. In Shari’s role, she manages consumer health ...
Tina Miller, MS RD, Meijer Healthy Living Advisor

Tina Miller, MS RD, Meijer Healthy Living Advisor

Tina Miller, MS RD is the Meijer Dietitian and Healthy Living Advisor for East Michigan and Northern Ohio.  Tina has over 20 years of experience as a registered dietitian and reaches thousands of consumers weekly through ...
David Stanley, Meijer Wine & Beverage Steward

David Stanley, Meijer Wine & Beverage Steward

David Stanley has over 20 years of professional experience in fine wines, specialty beverages and quality foods.  At the young age of 15, he had his first unglamorous step in the field as a bus boy for a local restaurant.  ...
Jennifer Gritters, Meijer Associate Research Chef

Jennifer Gritters, Meijer Associate Research Chef

Chef Jen Gritters is the Associate Corporate Research Chef at Meijer.  She has her culinary management degree as well as a food science degree.  Within her role she utilizes these skills to create innovative foods for all ...
Amanda Leatherman, The Fresh Chef

Amanda Leatherman, The Fresh Chef

In a world that is constantly pressing us to rush, rush, rush, take a moment with your family to stop and enjoy the purity and freshness of an in-season, locally sourced, healthy meal in the comfort of your own home. ...
Chef Angus Campbell, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

Chef Angus Campbell, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

Chef Angus Campbell is from the Island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, where as a young lad his passion for the culinary arts was nurtured by his constant dabbling in his mothers’ excellent home cooking. His ...
Michael Schafer Esq., Sommelier, CSW, The Wine Counselor®

Michael Schafer Esq., Sommelier, CSW, The Wine Counselor®

Michael is a charismatic wine educator, sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine and published author who entertains while teaching. Known as The Wine Counselor®, his humorous and fun approach to wine is reflected in his ...
Josh Ganzevoort, Hotel Kitchen

Josh Ganzevoort, Hotel Kitchen

Josh is head of the Hotel Kitchen product line for the Amway Hotel Corporation. He has been a chef with the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel for fifteen years and has been published in numerous cookbooks and periodicals. ...
Chef Ray Sierengowski, Hudsonville Ice Cream

Chef Ray Sierengowski, Hudsonville Ice Cream

Ray leads the Holland-based company’s food science and culinary program.  He is one of the most innovative and recognizable Product Developers/Research Chefs working today and is as renowned for his well-honed culinary ...
Mindy Lopus, Director of the Detroit Wine School

Mindy Lopus, Director of the Detroit Wine School

“A passion for wine, food and people” – a simple sentence that best describes the reason that Mindy Lopus embarked in her second career in the hospitality industry. ...
Rick Lopus, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits

Rick Lopus, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits

Rick has been involved in the food and wine industry all his life. A former restaurateur, chef, retail wine buyer, winery representative, founder of Decanter Imports, Vice President of Viviano Wine Importers and currently ...
Fred Bueltmann, New Holland Brewing

Fred Bueltmann, New Holland Brewing

Fred, also known as the Beervangelist, is an owner of New Holland Brewing Company and a nationally-recognized expert on pairing beer and food.  He is a Certified Cicerone, past president of the Michigan Brewers Guild and ...
Andy Wolniewicz, Smart Chicken

Andy Wolniewicz, Smart Chicken

Andy has been in the service industry for 15 years and is currently working with the Smart Chicken product line at Tucemseh Farms.  He is also a senior in the culinary arts and culinary management programs at the Secchia ...
Neal Dionne, Host of WOOD 1300 West Michigan Live and B93 Morning Host

Neal Dionne, Host of WOOD 1300 West Michigan Live and B93 Morning Host

Neal has been in love with broadcasting since he received his first radio for Christmas at age six.  He took his first job in radio before he even had a driver’s license, and has continued on this career path as he is ...
Ben Darcie, Brewery Vivant

Ben Darcie, Brewery Vivant

Ben is the founder of Experience Beer WM, a grassroots organization focused on public and private beer education. He is also the Brewery Representative & Sales Manager for Brewery Vivant and an active Beer Writer, ...
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