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

Grand Rapids Wine, Beer, and Food Festival

2014 Festival Dates – November 20-22 !

PLEASE NOTE:  The following information is from the 2013 Festival. The 2014 Festival details will be posted soon… 

An annual pre-holiday eventThe largest wine and beer tasting event in the Midwest!  Measured by 1,200+ wines and 200+ beers, plus ciders and spirits!  Now in its 6th year, this festival has established itself as Michigan’s premier event for the celebration and tasting of the finest foods, wines, beers 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 ...

Brewer’s Loft

Brewer’s Loft

There’s more than just wine to be sampled at the Festival!  The Festival’s popular beer area has been expanded and moved this year to the 3rd floor of DeVos Place!  Step into the NEW Brewer’s Loft and ...

Michigan BLUE Cider House

Michigan BLUE Cider House

Tap into the NEW 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 ...

Grand Rapids’ Finest Restaurants

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 ...

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 ...

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Flights

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Flights

Add a little extra class to your glass with an intimate tasting with Mike Laing from M. Lawrence Vineyards or Bradford Hammerschmidt from Imperial Beverage on the balcony overlooking the Festival. Each of the flights will ...

New Holland Brewing Beer Flight

New Holland Brewing Beer Flight

NEW this year – New Holland Brewing will present a Beer Flight in the Brewer’s Loft for $7.50!  Enjoy specially-set menu paired with three New Holland Beers.

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Special Appearance Winemaker by Ben Flajnik from The Bachelor – Season 16

Special Appearance Winemaker by Ben Flajnik from The Bachelor – Season 16

Meet Ben Flajnik, who previously starred on The Bachelor, at the Festival on Thursday evening from 6-9pm at the Siegel Jewelers booth.  He will have wine from his own Envolve Winery available for sampling ...

Riverfront Market

Riverfront Market

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 ...

Food Workshops

Food Workshops

These quick demonstrations feature chefs and food specialists presenting on topics such as sushi, balsamic vinegar, easy holiday recipes, and more!

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Gold Medal Winning Wines

Gold Medal Winning Wines

Gold Medal winners from the 2013 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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Nancie Oxley, St. Julian Wine Company

Nancie Oxley, St. Julian Wine Company

As the first professional commercial female winemaker in Michigan, Oxley has been with St. Julian for 12 years.  Starting as a lab manager and enologist, she quickly moved up the ranks to Assistant Winemaker in 2003 and ...

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 ...

Gregory Hall, Virtue Cider

Gregory Hall, Virtue Cider

Considered one of the country’s most innovative craft brewers, Greg is now at the helm of Virtue Cider, the new Chicago-based branch-to-bottle cider venture.  Virtue specializes in partnering with local farmers to ...

Paul Vander Heide, Vander Mill Cider

Paul Vander Heide, Vander Mill Cider

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Paul attended Grand Rapids Christian Schools and Hope College, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in business and economics.  The Vander Heide family has a long history in ...

Angus Campbell, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

Angus Campbell, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

A City and Guilds Master Craftsman, with over 40 years of experience, Chef Angus Campbell was born and raised on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland.  Beginning his professional career, Chef Campbell worked at the Bahamas Hotel ...

Andy Wolniewicz, The Bistro at Courtyard Marriott

Andy Wolniewicz, The Bistro at Courtyard Marriott

Andy has been in the service industry for 15 years and is currently working at The Bistro at the Courtyard Marriott.  He is also a senior in the culinary arts and culinary management programs at the Secchia Institute for ...

Neal Dionne, Morning Host of B-93.7 FM

Neal Dionne, Morning Host of B-93.7 FM

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 ...

Laura and Seth Porter, Michigan Beer Blog

Laura and Seth Porter, Michigan Beer Blog

In 2010 Laura and Seth started the Michigan Beer Blog, which originally began as a way for them to remember in detail the experiences they’d had around the state, and evolved into a project detailing the growth ...

Arthur Black, National Wine & Spirits

Arthur Black, National Wine & Spirits

Arthur Black is one of few young beverage industry leaders in the country, acquiring many titles and accreditations over 15 years of intense study.  Arthur is the Corporate Wine and Spirits Sales Manager for RNDC, a ...

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