Grand Rapids Wine, Beer, and Food Festival Not Happening in 2020
An event foodies and wine and beer-lovers alike look forward to each year won't be happening in 2020. The Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival at DeVos Place has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.
Organizers announced that the festival, originally scheduled for November 19-21, 2020, "has been postponed for one year due to the organizer’s inability - during this challenging pandemic time – to confirm commitments from the large number of volunteers and industry specialists necessary to execute this world-class event."
Henri Boucher, Festival Producer, said in a release,
“As producers of this event, our primary concern is always to maintain the highest standards of excellence for our partners, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and guests. We rely on thousands of volunteers and product specialists like pourers, servers, inventory managers, presenters and others, and it takes months to coordinate with these individuals and institutions to operate the event.”
Dawn Baker, Festival Manager added,
“We thank and appreciate all of the ongoing support from our sponsors, distributors, exhibitors, industry leaders, volunteers and guests as we worked through this tough yet necessary decision. We guarantee this event will be back in the future, as an unparalleled tasting experience and culinary celebration."
It would have been the event's 13th year.
The Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival is now scheduled for (November 18-20, 2021.
Below is a video from the 2019 festival.