Nov 19 & 20, 2021
Features & Attractions
It’s all about the wines!
Sample from 1000+ wines from around the world, six continents to be exact, in the Vineyard. It’s the largest tasting room experience you’ll ever find, with every varietal under the sun. As you travel throughout the ballroom, you can sample sweet reds, dry whites, colorful rosés and bubbling sparkling wines and champagnes without ever leaving Grand Rapids.
The Elite Collection – Enhance your sampling experience and impress your family and friends with a stop at the Elite Collection, located in the center of the Vineyard. Savor the finest premium wines such as Opus 1 or Dom Perignon. Selections are made based on 90-point wine ratings, price point and sommelier recommendations. You can try these for a fraction of the full price of these bottles. Tasting fees begin at a minimum of 10 tickets for these distinctive world-class wines.
The list of wines available for sampling coming in October!
Beer City Station
Everyone is getting on board with the craft beverage scene, especially here in Michigan and more specifically Grand Rapids. Located inside Exhibit Hall C off of the Grand Gallery entry lobby, Beer City Station is home to hundreds of beers and flavored malt beverages. Meet these talented craft artists!
A list of the beer available for sampling coming in October!
Hard cider (or simply cider, as producers call it) dates back to the 17th and 18th century immigrants to America from the British Isles. Fermented apples (cider) was safer to drink than water at the time. Little did they know then that cider would become such a growing sector of the craft beverage market in the United States three centuries later. Michigan has a long-standing history in the apple industry and craft producers are serving up impressive award-winning ciders with vast flavor profiles. Sample from local, regional and national brands in Cider Row, located in Exhibit Hall C along with Beer City Station.
A list of the Cider available for sampling coming in October!
The Festival’s Cocktail Concourse
Internationally recognized author Ernest Hemingway’s love of Michigan and cocktails is legendary. Hemingway Hall pays tribute to his passion for craft – whether that was drinking, eating, writing or living life. Located outside of the Vineyard, along the Grand River concourse, craft producers and mixologists will showcase their finest spirits, mixers, garnishes and cocktails.
A list of the Spirits available for sampling coming in October!
The Ultimate Dining Experience
Bring your appetite to the Festival, because we’ve got you covered no matter what you’re craving. Spread out throughout the Vineyard, Beer City Station, the RendezBREW Café and the Hemingway Hall Outdoor Patio, these local eateries offer up an unparalleled progressive dining experience meant to pair perfectly with the thousand-plus wines, beers, spirits, ciders and specialty beverages. Restaurants are designated throughout the Festival by a knife and fork insignia. Use your tasting tickets to enjoy their special presentations.
RendezBREW Coffee, Cordials and Dessert Cafe
This popular gathering spot can be enjoyed at the beginning, middle, or finale of your visit. Guests can indulge their sweet cravings and discover new pairings; named, the RendezBREW Coffee, Cordials & Dessert Café. Coffee, teas and lattes are brewed on-site. Sip on cordials, savor chocolates, surrender to decadent offerings, and relax with soft musical sounds in the Grand Gallery.
Sit down and take a break from the action during one of the intimate multi-course Pairing Dinners at the Festival. Area’s restaurants partner with distinguished wineries, breweries and distilleries, as chefs prepare, present and serve gourmet meals paired with wine. Pairing tickets will be sold online in advance or on-site at the Festival at the Pairings Ticket booth on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pairing Menus coming soon!
Traverse Wine Coast
Almost 40 unique wine destinations are closely located along the breathtaking shoreline of the Traverse Wine Coast. Two wine-friendly peninsulas, Leelanau and Old Mission, extend out into the waters of the Grand Traverse Bay and provide a fantastic backdrop of hills covered in vines. Sample from almost 20 of the Traverse Wine Coast Trail wineries while you’re at the Festival!
Participating wineries include: 45 North Vineyard & Winery | Aurora Cellars | Black Star Farms | Bonobo Winery | Bowers Harbor Vineyards | Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill | Chateau Chantal Winery & Inn | Chateau Grand Traverse | Good Harbor Vineyards | Leelanau Wine Cellars | Left Foot Charley | Mawby | Rove Estate | Shady Lane Cellars | Soul Squeeze Cellars | Verterra Winery