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The Local Feed talks about the International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival

The Local Feed on WYCE interviews Dianna Stampfler from Promote Michigan about the upcoming festival.

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Last week on The Local Feed on WYCE, we spoke with Dianna Stampfler from Promote Michigan about the International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival. It is the sixth annual and will be held at Devos Place on November 21, 22 and 23 in downtown Grand Rapids. 
The event draws more than 17,000 people to enjoy the tastes that spread out over nearly two acres of pure food and beverage joy. 
NEW this year: A Cider House! Come on down for cider samples in addition to the traditional beer and wine samples. 
There will be seminars, demonstrationsf and workshops on the Meijer Food Stage. Free beverage seminars will be available, held classroom style, in the rooms off the Grand Gallery and near the 3rd floor Brewer’s Loft.
The hours on Thursday are 5-10 p.m., Friday 4-10 p.m. and Saturday noon-10 p.m.
Here are my tips for the Wine Beer Food Festival:
Bring a tote bag in case you pick up brochures or make food purchases
If you are crowd-averse go on Thursday or as early after opening as possible on Friday or Saturday.
Get to the seminars several minutes early. In 2012 many of them filled to capacity.
If you plan to eat or drink from several booths, buy extra food/beverage tickets. Last year food was six to 12 tickets, wine was usually three to six tickets, and beer was usually two to four tickets. The show organizers suggest starting with $20.00 worth of tickets per person. 
There is so much to see some pre-planning may help set priorities.
Check out the special events in advance so you go at the days and times when you will experience the events that interest you the most.
Get your holiday season kick-started with this fun foodie event.

Disclosure: As an official media sponsor of the event, the author received a free ticket to the event but is responsible to purchase her own food and beverages.

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