Unexpected events and fun happenings at the Wine, Beer, and Food Festival

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) -The Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival has added a new feature to the 9th annual event. This year attendees will be able to attend 15-minute workshops on how to make craft artisan cocktails. In the video above, Rachael takes your through the festival, showing what guests can expect!

The complimentary workshops hosted by the region’s noted mixologist and distillers will be held in the new craft cocktail concourse in the Secchia Lobby overlooking the Grand River.

There will also be a bacon pavilion with samples and cooking demonstrations. Check out the video above to see the smokey creations!

The three day event at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids will feature it’s usual food, wine and beer sampling booths, along with an elite wine collection, beer city station and cider row. More than 1,600 wines, beers, ciders and spirits will be available for tasting. In the video above, Rachael stops by the CopperCraft Distillery booth to see what they’re mixing up!

The festival kicks off Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It continues Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $15 at the door on Thursday and $20 at the door Friday and Saturday. A three-day pass costs $40. Guests will also need to purchase sampling tickets for food and drinks.