GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Thousands are expected to attend the state’s largest food and wine festival in downtown Grand Rapids.
The 7th annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival runs Thursday through Saturday and draws about 17,000 people every year.
Attendees are able to sample hundreds of wines and beers from Michigan and around the globe, and taste food from 15 local restaurants.
Organizers say it has a big economic impact on Grand Rapids by increasing hotel revenue and creating future business for local restaurants.
“We’ve even seen zip codes of guests who made reservations from Wisconsin which I think just shows the fact that Grand Rapids has become a culinary destination, a beer destination, a wine destination and this festival has grown and grown each year,” said Carrie Smith-Kolehouse with Amway Hotel Corporation.
The festival runs 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and noon until 10 p.m. Saturday at DeVos Place.
Tickets cost $20 at the door to get in, plus 50 cent sample tickets for food and beverages.