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

Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival

Mark your calendars with the 2016 Dates – November 17-19!

A celebration of culinary crafts!

Now in its 8th year, this festival has established itself as Michigan’s premier tasting event, measured by 1,500 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.

PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2015 Festival. The 2016 Festival information will be coming soon…

 

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

NEW this year – The Festival’s popular beer area will now be located on the Main Floor of DeVos Place – no more lines!  Step into the world of creative craft beers, imported and domestic brews, ...

Cider Row

Cider Row

NEW this year – Cider Row will be featured in the Beer City Station! Tap into the Cider Row at the Festival, featuring more than a dozen cider producers from Michigan and nationally-known brands. Hard ...

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 ...

Grower’s Champagne Flights

Grower’s Champagne Flights

Add a little extra class to your glass with an intimate tasting with Bradford Hammerschmidt from Imperial Beverage. These special flights offer champagnes you will not find anywhere else in the Festival. Each of the ...

Riverfront Market

Riverfront Market

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.

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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 ...

Meet Vito Racanelli Jr.

Meet Vito Racanelli Jr.

Vito will be in the Stella Artios booth throughout the Festival. Stop by to meet this Executive Chef!

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Beer City Round Panel presented by Experience Beer

Beer City Round Panel presented by Experience Beer

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. Participating breweries include ...

Steve Talaga Trio in the Vineyard

Steve Talaga Trio in the Vineyard

Pianist, composer, arranger, West Michigan Jazz Society’s “2008 Jazz Musician of the Year,” Steve Talaga will entertain Festival attendees at the Vineyard Music Stage throughout the Festival.

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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 ...

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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 and a nationally-recognized expert on pairing beer and food. He is a Certified Cicerone, past president of the Michigan Brewers Guild and ...

Chef Angus Campbell, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

Chef Angus Campbell, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

Chef Angus Campbell is from the Island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, where as a young lad his passion for the culinary arts was nurtured by his constant dabbling in his mothers’ excellent home cooking. ...

Cortney Casey, Michigan by the Bottle

Cortney Casey, Michigan by the Bottle

Cortney is a certified sommelier and co-founder of MichiganByTheBottle.com, a website/online community promoting the entire Michigan wine industry via articles, videos, podcasts and more. She is also co-owner of Michigan ...

Don Coe, Black Star Farms

Don Coe, Black Star Farms

Don Coe is a graduate of Cornell Hotel School, served 5 years in the US Navy and then managed restaurants and clubs before getting into the wines and spirits business. During his 23-year career with Allied Domecq Spirits ...

Carl Crocker, Trinchero Wine

Carl Crocker, Trinchero Wine

Carl is the Regional Manager for Trinchero Family Estates. He was born and raised in Grand Rapids and has been in the wine business for 16 years. He is proud to work for the Trinchero family, one of the oldest and largest ...

Ben Darcie and Pat Evans

Ben Darcie and Pat Evans

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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Chip Davis, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Chip Davis, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Chip is a 23 year wine industry veteran, having spent the last 12 years at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Prior to the wine industry he spent 7 years in the restaurant industry managing two of the top restaurants in Metro ...

Eric Hoffman, Unruly Brewing Company

Eric Hoffman, Unruly Brewing Company

Eric is the owner and brewmaster of Unruly Brewing Company, which was founded in 2013. He is also a member of the Master Brewer’s Association of the Americas. Eric’s seminars will focus on the adventure of ...

Amanda Leatherman, The Fresh Chef

Amanda Leatherman, The Fresh Chef

In a world that is constantly pressing us to rush, rush, rush, take a moment with your family to stop and enjoy the purity and freshness of an in-season, locally sourced, healthy meal in the comfort of your own home.

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Rick Lopus, Great Lakes Wine and Spirits

Rick Lopus, Great Lakes Wine and Spirits

Rick has been involved in the food and wine industry all his life. A former restaurateur, chef, retail wine buyer, winery representative, founder of Decanter Imports, Vice President of Viviano Wine Importers and currently ...

Lee Lutes, Black Star Farms

Lee Lutes, Black Star Farms

As the head winemaker for Black Star Farms, Lee oversees winemaking operations for the two processing facilities on the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas. He also directs the distillation program that produces European ...

Pure Mitten Hops Growers and OConnors Home Brew Supply

Pure Mitten Hops Growers and OConnors Home Brew Supply

Pure Mitten Hops – Morrie and Mary Dieleman began planning a hop yard two years ago as a retirement investment with their family. In April of 2014 they started farming, tilling the land, clearing it, and having ...

Nick Robinson, Old World Olive Co.

Nick Robinson, Old World Olive Co.

After serving 27 months in the US Army in Iraq, Nick enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, AZ where he finished at the top of his class. His love of food, both eating and cooking, led him to spend extra time with AZ ...

Michael Schafer Esq., Sommelier, CSW, The Wine Counselor®

Michael Schafer Esq., Sommelier, CSW, The Wine Counselor®

Michael is a charismatic wine speaker, educator, sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine and consultant who entertains while educating. Known as The Wine Counselor®, his humorous and fun approach to wine is reflected in ...

Chef Ray Sierengowski, Hudsonville Ice Cream

Chef Ray Sierengowski, Hudsonville Ice Cream

Ray leads the Holland-based company’s food science and culinary program.  He is one of the most innovative and recognizable Product Developers/Research Chefs working today and is as renowned for his well-honed ...

Rick Sigsby, Michigan Holy Water

Rick Sigsby, Michigan Holy Water

Rick is a retired Park Ranger, writer and part-time owner of racehorses. For nearly a decade, he had a weekly newspaper column called ‘Rick Off The Record’ and has been a regular contributor to several ...

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. ...

Scott Vicary, Leelanau Cellars

Scott Vicary, Leelanau Cellars

Scott grew up in Dearborn, MI, graduated from MSU and moved to San Diego, which is where he started working in the alcohol industry. Throughout his career he has been a Wholesaler Representative/Manager, Retail ...

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