Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival

Nov 16 - 18, 2023

Promotions & Sponsors

Media Sponsor – Wood TV 8 & WOTV 4 Women

WOOD TV8 is your source for local news and NBC programming. 24 Hour News 8 keeps you updated on breaking news, severe weather alerts and the latest closings. WOTV 4 Women is for West Michigan Women- by West Michigan Women! Get tips, ideas and inspiration during your favorite ABC shows.

Premium Sponsor & Food Stage Sponsor

MEIJER is proud to partner with the Festival as the Premium Sponsor, as well as the sponsor of the Meijer Food Stage.  The samples and recipes presented by many talented Chefs on the Meijer Food Stage feature products available at your local Meijer store.  All the products found in the Meijer Marketplace can be found in Meijer stores as well.  Be sure to stop and enjoy the Meijer Food Stage presentations and sample some Meijer products while you are at the Festival.

Premier Print Sponsor

Grand Rapids Magazine is excited to partner with the Festival as the Premier Print Sponsor.  The full program for the 16th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival can be found in the November/December issue of the Magazine and several copies will be available at the Festival.

The Vineyard Sponsor

WINE CHIPS

Made with love, while drinking wine.  We made Wine Chips because we love wine and we love cheese (who doesn’t?) but realized that putting the cheese IN the wine was a bad idea for both.  So one evening in 2017, over a glass of wine (ok maybe two), we wished for something simple, portable, dip-able, endlessly snack-able, cheese-ladened and delicious.  And just like that (ok, it took a lot of work, a lot of samples, a lot of wine and the dedication of more than a few passionate oenophiles, exuberant chip connoisseurs and mildly lazy party guests) the wine chip was born.

Tasting Ticket Sponsor – Celebration Cinema

CELEBRATION CINEMA 

Celebration Cinema movie theatres are headquartered in Grand Rapids and service the cities and surrounding cities of Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon, Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Portage/Kalamazoo, and Mount Pleasant.

$5 movies on Tuesdays! Visit celebrationcinema.com/deals for details & showtimes.

Pairing Dinners Sponsor

BEKINS & SIGNATURE KITCHEN SUITE

As a local, family-owned, internationally acclaimed appliance and electronics company Bekins has served West Michigan since 1975. We support our customers by offering the best products at the same price as our competition, but our service and installation experience is unmatched. Visit our premier interactive showrooms in Grand Rapids and Grand Haven where our professional staff will assist you in finding the right products for your life.

Meet the Maker Sponsor

FRESH THYME MARKET

Good tasting and good for you.   Discover Fresh Thyme.  We have a simple mission at Fresh Thyme: to improve the way our communities eat by offering fresh and healthy food at amazing value.  Our food doesn’t only look, smell and taste good, but it’s good for you, too. Get all of the nutrients you need and all the flavors you crave while supporting trusted partners, brands, and farmers. Shop confidently and let your appetite guide the way knowing that every item in our store has been hand-selected with care.  From fresh herbs and freshly ground coffee to lush produce and marbled meats, our store is a feast for the senses. And with our friendly, knowledgeable staff, food for thought is only a question away. Experience just how good real can be.

Outdoor Patio Sponsor

TITO’S HANDMADE VODKA – Join us on the patio for a breath of fresh air and fun atmosphere! Tito’s will be mixing up the hottest drinks and coolest vibes.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka is America’s Original Craft Vodka produced in Austin, Texas. It is made in batches, using old-fashioned pot stills, and every batch is taste tested.

Hydration Sponsor

LIQUID DEATH – Keep hydrated at the Festival with Liquid Death.

Liquid Death is just a funny beverage company whose mission is to make people laugh and get them to drink water more often, all while helping to kill plastic pollution.  Liquid Death Mountain Water comes from a deep underground mountain source protected by a few hundred feet of stone and contains naturally occurring minerals (aka electrolytes) that aren’t just good for your body, they will murder your thirst.  Instantly.

Vineyard Music Stage Sponsor

MIDTOWN

Hear here. Midtown isn’t your average venue.  In a culture where live performances have become increasingly more and more impersonal, we decided to build a different kind of experience. One with a world-class sound system and a semi-circle of seating, for more engaged musicians and a more captive audience. To view a list of upcoming shows and events, click here themidtowngr.com/shows-events 

Beer City Station Music Stage Sponsor

STELLA ARTOIS – Stop by the Stella Artois Beer City Station Music Stage to listen to live music, while enjoying great beer.

Stella Artois is proud of its rich Belgian heritage. Stella Artois traces its origins to over 600 years ago, to the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium founded in 1366. Stella Artois was born as a Holiday gift to the people of Leuven from the brewery. The name “Stella” – meaning “star” in Latin – pays homage to the occasion, and a star has been proudly displayed on Stella Artois bottles ever since.

Trolley Sponsor

AFFORDABLE LIMOUSINEthe Festival is offering $2 daily parking with FREE TROLLEY SHUTTLE to take you directly to DeVos Place. The shuttle parking lot is located in the DASH Lot #9 on Seward Ave.  The Trolley is provided by Affordable Limousine and runs on a 10-minute loop between the parking lot and entrance of DeVos Place.  Visit the Venue, Directions & Parking Page for more details.

Affordable Limousine is YOUR transportation solution in West Michigan! They have an expansive fleet of vehicles and the best chauffeurs around.

Industry Events & Exhibitor Lounge Sponsor

CULINARY CULTIVATIONS
We are your one-stop shop for culinary consulting, ServSafe certifications, and event staffing.  We specialize in food service and food safety consultation, Servsafe® food and alcohol safety training and certifications, as well as food service staffing for all your event staffing needs.  We realized that often the people teaching food handling safety techniques to chefs and food service professionals alike were not actually in the Hospitality or Food Service Industry themselves. We then set out to reinvent the typical food safety training program with a more hands-on and practical approach by forming Culinary Cultivations while providing the highest possible level of customer service and performance.

Hosting Sponsor

DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS INC. (DGRI)

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) is the organization responsible for city building and place management in the urban core of the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Established in 2013, DGRI serves as the singular management entity for the combined operations of the Downtown Development Authority, the Downtown Improvement District, and the Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority.

In total, DGRI actively engages more than 100 unique individuals from metro Grand Rapids in the decision-making flow of the organization’s fiduciary boards, advisory alliances, and project steering committees. This robust leadership network ensures DGRI continually brings together people with different knowledge, perspectives, and experience to solve problems, identify opportunities, and directly support the day-to-day work of improving Grand Rapids’ Downtown neighborhoods.

Hosting Sponsor

GUN LAKE CASINO

Gun Lake Casino is a premier gaming and entertainment destination located off Exit 61 on U.S. 131, halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. With 2,500 state-of-the-art slot machines, 47 table games, high-quality dining amenities, and a brand-new hotel and spa in construction, the casino has something for everyone. Gun Lake Casino is owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi. For more information, visit www.gunlakecasino.com.

Hosting Sponsor

WEST MICHIGAN KITCHEN STUDIO

West Michigan Kitchen Studio is proud to be a locally-owned company that specializes in all of your Kitchen and Bath needs.  Our experienced design team is here to help guide you through your project from start to finish and beyond by providing you with great brands at competitive prices.  Please visit our website or any of our 3 West Michigan stores to get your project started.    dream. design. enjoy.

Hosting Sponsor

T-MOBILE

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Hosting Sponsor

Carrier Robins Law

Discover the Carrier Law Difference & Give Your Family Security and Freedom for the Future

The Carrier Law Difference means we serve you through every phase of your planning process. Whether you’re just getting started with your planning, planning for your family, or administering an estate for a loved one, we are here for you.

Hosting Sponsor

AHC HOSPITALITY

Hospitality expertise, exceptional results.  Welcome to a better way to serve your customers. AHC Hospitality is a management company that drives outstanding solutions that surpass expectations for guests, employees, and stakeholders. Our decades of combined experience and measurable, effective solutions set us apart. We fully understand the difference the smallest effort makes, that extra detail that turns customers into brand champions. Because when you connect your brand to your customers, your customers connect to your business.

Hosting Sponsor

Hosting Sponsor

ROE & CO IRISH WHISKEY

Roe & Co Irish Whiskey is a new contemporary blend, named to honor the memory of a whiskey maker whose distillery was in its time the largest in Ireland. George Roe & Co helped build the golden era of Irish whiskey in the 19th century. Their distillery at Thomas Street in Dublin extended over 17 acres and they were Ireland’s largest exporter of whiskey. As neighbors for hundreds of years, George Roe & Co and Guinness were the two biggest names at the heart of Dublin’s historic brewing and distilling quarter. Roe & Co is refined, elegant, and with remarkable depth, a masterful blend of rich malt whiskey and the smoothest of grain whiskey aged in bourbon casks.

Hosting Sponsor

Hosting Sponsor

GREEN DOOR DISTILLING

Green Door Distilling was founded in 2014 and was the first distillery to open in Kalamazoo since 1858. With a focus on bringing people together, our award-winning products have been and continue to be creatively crafted to invite spirit connoisseurs and newcomers alike to share in our ongoing adventure of refining the craft spirit industry.