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12th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival November 21-23, 2019 — DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
Forbes.com, Sept. 15, 2019
The 12th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival returns to DeVos Place, Thursday, November 21 through Saturday, November 23, offering a world-class epicurean experience in the heart of West Michigan. Festival goers will find an unparalleled offering of food, beverage and culinary entertainment presented by area chefs, restaurants and purveyors of libations from around the globe.
Six restaurants will offer intimate Pairing menus throughout the Festival, where guests can sit back, relax and watch as the chef prepares an elegant multi-course meal paired with the finest wine, beer or spirits. The menus are being finalized and posted in time for advanced reservations, which go on sale October 14 at GRWineFestival.com.
More than a dozen restaurants will serve up small plate offerings ideal for enjoying while strolling throughout the festival. Some of the state’s leading culinary experts make their way to the Meijer Food Stage to share insider tips for preparing mouth-watering dishes at home.
On the beverage side of things, a series of educational tasting sessions are also held during the Festival. Additional highlights of this year’s annual celebration include:
- The Vineyard – featuring 1,200+ wines from sparkling to bold reds and crisp whites, including the exclusive Elite Collection where the “best of the best” are offered;
- Hemingway Hall – showcasing craft spirits and cocktails from Michigan’s finest distilleries;
- NEW Bourbon Bar and Spirit Workshops are featured in the Welsh Lobby;
- Beer City Station – highlighting the many flavors and styles of the craft brewing world;
- Cider Row – focusing on hard ciders made locally and beyond;
- RendezBREW – encompassing the cordials and coffees paired with desserts and other delicious nightcap offerings.
Throughout the weekend, musical entertainment can be found at the Festival in The Vineyard, Beer City Station and RendezBREW Cafe, as well as a DJ on the outdoor patio on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Advanced tickets for the Festival may be purchased online for $15 per person and are valid for a one-time use Thursday, Friday or Saturday. A 3-Day Pass (available online in advance for $40) allows admission each day of the Festival and is intended for those who want to get the most out of their tasting experience. The 3-Day Pass is available for purchase online until Thursday, November 21 at 9pm. Purchase Online Ticket Sales (Ticketmaster fees apply). Once the festival opens, tickets may be purchased onsite at the Box Office: $15 for Thursday or $20 for either Friday or Saturday. During the event, festivalgoers may purchase tasting tickets for 50 cents each, which are used for all food and beverage tastings (excluding Pairings). Each sample requires a varied amount of tasting tickets.
Admission to this Festival is for those 21 or older, and valid ID is required to purchase tickets and to enter.
The 12th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival @ DeVos Place
- Thursday, November 21 (6-9pm)
- Friday, November 22 (4-10pm)
- Saturday, November 23 (2-10pm)
PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Dianna Stampfler, Festival Publicist | (269) 330-4228 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Welsh, Festival Promotions | (616) 745-9564 | email@example.com
Dawn Baker, Festival Manager | (616) 447-2860 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Henri Boucher, Festival Producer | (616) 447-2860 | email@example.com