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Breweries from Zapopan, Mexico (a Grand Rapids Sister City) to Participate in Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival
(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich) — A mutual appreciation for the craft beer (cerveza) industry has reinforced the Sister City relationship between Grand Rapids and Zapopan, Mexico. Recognized as Beer City USA, Grand Rapids community leaders are proud to welcome a delegation from Zapopan this week for the 15th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival (November 18 & 19 at DeVos Place). The Zapopan visit was made possible by the Grand Rapids Sister Cities International and Ama – a Grand Rapids-headquartered U.S. non-profit organization that has been serving Zapopan’s vulnerable communities for five years.
For more than a decade, Grand Rapids has been recognized for its growing number of breweries, Brewaders (craft beer enthusiasts) and festival featuring beer as part of a collective brewery tourism initiative. Michigan itself ranks #6 nationally for the overall number of breweries and is regarded as “The Great Beer State.” Zapopan has recently launched Ruta de Cerveza Artesanal (Craft Beer Route) which includes production facility tours and tastings at four regional breweries: Minerva Cerveza, Cerveza Loba Artesanal, Cerveceria Cielito Lindo and Cerveceria Fortuna.
Among those making the trip from Mexico include Zapopan Mayor Juan José Frangie and Héctor Vielma Ordóñez, former Mayor and Founder/CEO of Cielito Lindo Brewery, along with additional representatives from the Ruta de Cerveza Artesanal. They will join Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids City Commissioners and other community leaders in a private reception on Thursday, November 17 at DeVos Place.
“We’re excited to showcase our city through unique collaborations of beer and business to our Zapopan neighbors,” says Omar Cuevas, Vice President of Investor Relations at the Grand Rapids Chamber and Chair of the Zapopan Sister City Committee. “Grand Rapids is open for businesses, and we’re excited to share this opportunity with the Zapopan delegation and the rest of the world.”
Friday evening at 7pm, Festival attendees are invited to a panel discussion and Tasting Session with brewers from Zapopan, along with Jeremy Kosmicki, Brewmaster for Founders Brewing. During that session, City Commissioner Monica Sparks will present a special declaration on behalf of the City of Grand Rapids and Kent County. Space for this session is limited to 60 individuals, at a cost of $20 per person (beer samples will be provided).
ShowSpan and Festival Co-Producer, the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority, look forward to presenting this annual culinary celebration to showcase the full menu of food and beverage education and entertainment that West Michigan has come to expect.
The 15th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival is open 4-10pm on Friday, November 18 and 2-10pm on Saturday, November 19.
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