The 2011 Grand Rapids Wine, Beer & Food Festival takes place Thursday, November 17th through Saturday, November 19th at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. It draws over 10,000 over three days, making it the largest food and wine festival in Michigan and one of the premier events of its kind in the Midwest. Classes, tastings from restaurants & food vendors and pairings are all structured to take the expert or novice deeper into the world of wine, food and other culinary delights.
The festival presents over 1000 beers, wines, ciders and spirits for tasting, and many are crafted in Michigan. While the festival started with a focus on wine, beer gets its due as well, with the Michigan Brewers Guild-sponsored Craft Brew Hall offering a chance to sample dozens of these full flavored brews and to meet the brewmasters.
Show Manager Cathleen McDonald explains that this massive variety of food & drink has been a huge asset, saying “The show has grown because the public loves the opportunity to sample wines, beer & spirits without having to purchase the entire bottle. They can find that great everyday wine that they can purchase at the grocery store or try the products that they would only have dreamed about.”
One of the many innovative & engaging features at the festival are the champagne, wine & beer pairings developed by Grand Rapids restaurants – multi-course meals presented by the chef. A number of restaurants are also providing “small plate” samples of their prize cuisine. There’s more than just wine to be sampled at the Festival! An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. There’s also seminars from presenters including winemaker John Concannon, wine educator and sommelier Michael Schafer, New Holland Brewing Company Beervangelist and Michigan Brewers Guild Past-President Fred Bueltman, author and Food Network host Ellie Krieger and “The Fresh Chef” Amanda Leatherman.
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