Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival
November 17-19, 2016
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Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival

The Midwest’s Largest Wine, Beer & Food Festival!

Now in its 9th year, this festival has established itself as Michigan’s premier tasting event, measured by 1,600 wines, beers, ciders 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, this Festival will deliver a grand experience that is sure to please every palette.

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Download the App: GR Wine Festival

Browse the beverage list, book a pairing, build your tasting list and schedule, all from your smart phone! It’s the Festival’s interactive guide and it’s available for iPhone and Android now!

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The Vineyard

The Vineyard

It’s all about the wines!

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Beer City Station

Beer City Station

Step into the world of creative craft beers, imported and domestic brews, hard ciders, flavored malt beverages and food that pairs with both. Meet the brew masters whose products generate such passion and excitement. Over ...

Cider Row

Cider Row

Tap into the Cider Row 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 scale. It is fermented ...

The Ultimate Dining Experience

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 Festival and designated by a knife and ...

Pairings

Pairings

We have invited the area’s finest restaurants and partnered them with distinguished wineries and breweries as they prepare, present and serve gourmet multi-course meals.  These casual settings offer chances to ...

Workshops

Workshops

These quick demonstrations feature chefs, wine makers, brewers and distillers who share their experience and knowledge with you during engaging hands-on sessions. Prep for the holidays and enjoy what you create with ...

RendezBREW Coffee, Cordials and Dessert Cafe

RendezBREW Coffee, Cordials and Dessert Cafe

Start your Festival experience, or make it a nightcap, with unique pairings of coffee and lattes brewed for your enjoyment with a variety of cordials, indulgent sweets and other treats. Available for the duration of the ...

Gold Medal Winning Wines

Gold Medal Winning Wines

Gold Medal winners from the 2015 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging will be featured at the Festival, along with the winners from the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council! The Council is an 11-member group that ...

WAVE Awards

WAVE Awards

Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Hospitality Association have teamed up to present the WAVE Awards at the Festival on Thursday at 3:30pm. WAVE stands for Way Above Visitor Expectations. This celebration is a ...

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Fred Bueltmann, New Holland Brewing

Fred Bueltmann, New Holland Brewing

Fred, also known as the Beervangelist, is an owner of New Holland Brewing Company, where he serves as Vice President of Brand and Lifestyle. He is a nationally-recognized expert on pairing beer and food, a Certified ...

Chef Angus Campbell, Culinary Consultant

Chef Angus Campbell, Culinary Consultant

A City and Guilds Master Craftsmen, with 43 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 Training ...

Cortney and Shannon Casey, Michigan by the Bottle

Cortney and Shannon Casey, Michigan by the Bottle

They are the founders of MichiganByTheBottle.com, a website/online community promoting the entire Michigan wine industry. They also are the owners of Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room, a collaborative tasting room ...

Carl Crocker, Trinchero Wine

Carl Crocker, Trinchero Wine

Carl is the Senior Regional Manager for Trinchero Family Estates. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Carl has been in the wine business for 17 years and is proud of the work for the Trinchero family, one of the oldest and ...

Ben Darcie, Experience Beer and Gravel Bottom Brewery

Ben Darcie, Experience Beer and Gravel Bottom Brewery

Ben is the Founder and Primary Instructor of Experience Beer, a West Michigan based organization focused on public and private beer education. A homebrewer of 11 years, he is also the Homebrew Shop Manager & Beer ...

Pat Evans and Ben Darcie

Pat Evans and Ben Darcie

Hosts Ben Darcie of Experience Beer and Brewery Vivant, and Pat Evans of the Grand Rapids Business Journal will host a live Q&A Session at the Festival on Thursday evening at 7pm.

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Chef Oliver Hale

Chef Oliver Hale

Chef Oliver Hale, or Chef O as he is known to his followers, comes to the Festival as an award winning chef, TV producer and host with many years of experience. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, MI. Chef O produced and ...

Charlene and Randall Lange, LangeTwins Winery

Charlene and Randall Lange, LangeTwins Winery

The LangeTwins family has a long history of growing winegrapes and farming in the Lodi region since the 1870’s. Today, Randall partners with his wife Charlene to present wines, host dinners, and bring life to the ...

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 Health and Wellness Advisor for East Michigan and Northern Ohio. Tina has over 25 years of experience as a registered dietitian and reaches thousands of consumers weekly ...

Nancie Oxley, St. Julian Wine Company

Nancie Oxley, St. Julian Wine Company

Nancie is Michigan’s first female winemaker; she joined St. Julian Wine Company in 2002 as the Assistant Winemaker and moved up the ranks to Head Winemaker in 2010. She has been involved in the wine industry for the ...

Ted Ross, Jackson Family Wine Estates

Ted Ross, Jackson Family Wine Estates

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Ted has been in the wine industry since he was 15 years old. He began his career working at Bloomfield Gourmet Wine Shop, and exclusive fine wine retailer in metro Detroit, where he worked ...

Steve Smith, Beercentric

Steve Smith, Beercentric

Steve started his goal of promoting craft beer in West Michigan back in 1997 when he first started at Siciliano’s Market. Growing through self-education and learning through the camaraderie of like-minded people, ...

David Stanley, Meijer Wine and Beverage Steward

David Stanley, Meijer Wine and 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 restaurant. ...

Shari Steinbach, MS RD, Meijer Health and Wellness Nutrition Manager

Shari Steinbach, MS RD, Meijer Health and Wellness Nutrition Manager

For the past 23 years Shari has worked as a dietitian in the grocery industry and has served as the Health & Wellness Nutrition Manager for the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer, Meijer, since 2003. Meijer is a ...

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