November 17-19, 2016
Features & Attractions
It’s all about the wines!
Step into the Vineyard where over one hundred wineries from around the world provide samples of as many as 1,200 assorted wines, including some hard to find, top shelf vintages!
The Elite Collection – A special Elite Collection of wines will be featured in the center of the Vineyard. Festival Management, our consulting sommeliers and importing specialists have all reviewed the finest of the wines submitted for tasting and have qualified the elite wines that all attendees can taste.
The wines chosen meet these criteria:
- Require a 10-ticket tasting fee due to their cost
- Have at least a 90 point value in a recognized wine rating system
- Considered by the trade industry and consumers alike as one of the elite wines of the world
Many attendees have expressed an interest to experience the “best of the best.” This is your opportunity.
The list of wines available for sampling coming soon…
Beer City Station
Step into the world of creative craft beers, imported and domestic brews, hard ciders and food that pairs with both. An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. Meet the brew masters whose products generate such passion and excitement. Over 250 new products and traditional favorites are offered for sampling.
The list of beers available for sampling coming soon…
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 to produce a range of flavors – from dry to sweet to sparkling.
The list of ciders available for sampling coming soon…
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 fork insignia. Use your tasting tickets to enjoy their special presentations. A perfect opportunity for an unparalleled dining experience. You will not leave the Festival hungry!
List of restaurants and menus available for sampling coming soon..
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 communicate with the chefs about their choices and decisions. Enjoy special exclusive multi-course pairings by the chefs and sommeliers of Reds, San Chez, Wolfgang Puck’s The Kitchen, Ganders and six.one.six. Pairing tickets will be sold online in advance or on-site at the Festival at the Pairings Ticket booth.
Pairing Menus and tickets coming soon…
Just in time for the holidays! Shop the Riverfront Market for gourmet food, specialty items, wine accessories and holiday gifts! Cash and carry or order for easy delivery.
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 talented experts. Workshops are on a first-come, first-served basis. No pre-registration required.
Workshops Schedule coming soon…
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 Festival in the Grand Gallery.
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 supports the growth of the wine and wine grape industries in Michigan. New wineries are starting up in Michigan every year, wine grape acreage continues to grow, sales of Michigan wines are increasing, and the reputation of Michigan as a world-class wine region is gaining more national and international attention.
The winning wines that will be available for tasting at the Festival are marked in the complete Wine, Beer & Spirits list. Look for the Gold Medal bottles at the wine displays to taste a winning wine!
Impacting Hospitality Celebration
Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association have teamed up to present the Impacting the Hospitality Celebration at the Festival on Thursday at 3:30pm. This celebration is a ceremony with three components – 1) distinguish the WAVE Award winners, recognizing excellence in hospitality in Grand Rapids and Kent County, 2) celebrate Hometown Champions who help bring national conventions to Grand Rapids and 3) recognize the Certified Tourism Ambassador Star of the Year, who demonstrated exceptional customer service to Grand Rapids visitors.
For more informotion about WAVE Awards visit: www.waveaward.com
For more information about Hometown Champions visit: www.bringittogr.com
For more information about the CTA Program visit: www.experiencegr.com/experience-grand-rapids/cta/