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Wednesday, 18 May, 2011 4:54 PM

MIS News: Great Lakes Wine Fest to also offer great Beer!

Photo credit: www.mispeedway.com

Wine and Food Pairings Return!

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- If you consider yourself a beer connoisseur, then the Great Lakes Wine Fest with Beer presented by the Jackson County CVB at Michigan International Speedway is the place for you.

In addition to hosting over 25 Michigan-based wineries on Saturday, May 21, the wine festival will feature representatives from some of the state’s finest brewing companies on that day.

So far, 17 of the state’s best breweries have signed on to showcase and sell a wide variety of their Michigan brewed beers.

The list of breweries includes:

  • American Badass Beer Co.
  • Arbor Brewing Co.
  • Arcadia Brewing Co.
  • Atwater Brewing Co.
  • Bell’s Brewing Co.
  • Dark Horse Brewing Co.
  • Founders Brewing Co.
  • Frankenmuth Brewing Co.
  • J.K. Scrumpy’s
  • Keweenaw Brewing
  • Michigan Brewing Co.
  • Millking It Productions
  • Motor City Brewing Co.
  • Mt. Pleasant Brewing Co.
  • New Holland Brewing Co.
  • North Peak Brewing Co.
  • Shorts Brewing Co.


“We are really excited to have a bigger emphasis on Michigan beer this year,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “There are many breweries in the state and word is spreading about how enjoyable their products were for our guests last year. This is a very neat opportunity to taste fantastic beers and wines from all over our great state while enjoying a special evening out with your friends and family.”

In addition to beer and wine, Michigan food vendors will also be featured, making the Great Lakes Wine Festival a purely Michigan event.

The Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB, is a natural fit for the state, with a unique focus on Michigan-based wineries and breweries. With 14,600 acres of vineyards and about 80 commercial wineries across the state of Michigan, the Great Lakes Wine Fest is perfectly and conveniently situated at MIS in the southeast corner of the state.

Guests may sample wines, beer and food from Michigan vendors, and buy favorite wines by the bottle or case. The festival’s on-site retail store will have select wines and beer available for purchase at the event.

In addition to wine and beer sampling, seminars covering wine, food and other topics of interest will be held throughout the venue. Live entertainment throughout the weekend will also be featured.

Guests may opt to buy an advance one-day ticket for $25. Each ticket includes $10 worth of tasting tickets per day. The wine festival is set for noon to 9 p.m. Tickets purchased the day of the event are $35.

For those interested in making this event a night for the boys or the girls, the Great Lakes Wine Fest is now offering special Boys’ Night Out and Girls’ Night Out packages. The special $49 package includes suite access, food, and a special appearance by WDVD’s Blaine and Allyson.

The Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB is for guests 21 and older.

Weekend camping is also available for $25 in the track’s MISCamping.com Graves Farm Campground. Need an RV? A hassle-free camping option is available for the wine and brew fest at www.MIScamping.com. A list of area hotels can be found at www.visitjacksonmi.com/hotels.

Tickets and details are available at www.GreatLakesWineFest.com or by calling 800-354-1010. Also, please visit our Twitter feed @GLWineFest for information about the wine festival.

Source: Michigan International Speedway

 

Wines, beers, food and now music!

Photo credit: www.mispeedway.com

 

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Now, while sampling Michigan wines, beers and foods, attendees of the Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB at Michigan International Speedway will be able to enjoy the sounds of live music as well.

Attendees of the wine festival will hear the sounds of jazz, A Cappella, and cover bands during the second annual event. The lineup for the wine fest will feature music by Steve Berkemeier, Acapelicans, Koke McKesson and Doug Decker, and Soul Patch.

The performers will play on the main entertainment stage and are scheduled to begin with Steve Berkemeier kicking things off at noon and ending with Soul Patch wrapping the night up by 9 p.m.

The live music is just another one of the many amenities included with admission at the Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB.

“Live music really sets the ambiance of the event,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “There’s nothing that goes better with great wine and beer, than good live music!”

While enjoying the live entertainment, there will be several interactive and informative programs presented by the vendors for attendees to check out.
Wine festival attendees can kick off the event at 1 p.m. with a multi-step presentation on how to get the most out of wine tasting by Burgdorf’s Winery. Attendees will learn techniques on how to interact with wine allowing them to experience the many moments in wine leading to their understanding and appreciation of Michigan wines.

Those interested in the classic wine aroma wheel should stop by Cherry Creek Old Schoolhouse Winery’s presentation at 2 p.m. The winery will bring in Winemaker Blake Kownacki, formerly of Paso Robles and New South Wales and founding partner of the first urban vineyard & winery in this country, to discuss this topic. This event is designed to help both beginners and wine connoisseurs learn about wines and the complexity of wine flavor.
Chateau Aeronatique is also scheduled to present a special topic featuring Wine & Flying Stories by Lorenzo Lizarralde at 3 p.m.

At 4 p.m., chocolate lovers can check out Sandhill Crane Vineyards’ presentation discussing the ever-popular pairing of wine and chocolate. In this presentation, participants will learn about how to pair different styles of chocolate with different wines.

Source: Michigan International Speedway

 

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