If it has to do with funny...you will find it at LaughFest - a 10-day festival March 6-16, 2014! ...more
Dream it, Build it houses 13 LEGO© bricked recreations of famous architectural structures. Mar-Aug ...more
Follow Gerald Ford from his birth in Nebraska, to his growing up in Grand Rapids. Ford Museum. ...more
Explore the exciting discovery of feathered dinosaurs and their connection to modern day birds. Oct 26-Apr 27. ...more
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It begins with the land. Rich soil, abundant fresh water and the climate-moderating effect of Lake Michigan make this one of the world's finest growing regions. As a result, Grand Rapids is surrounded by hundreds of family farms that harvest everything from apples and asparagus to strawberries and sweet corn. Many local restaurateurs have been purchasing fresh produce, meats and dairy products from these farms for years, making Grand Rapids an early model for the farm-to-table movement.
Of course, the quality of the ingredients must be matched by quality of the preparation to create a truly memorable meal. Here, too, Grand Rapids excels.
The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College is one of the nation's most respected culinary schools. Students come to Secchia from around the country and around the world, and many choose to stay in Grand Rapids once they've earned their diplomas.
These and other creative chefs are responsible for the many culinary honors Grand Rapids has earned, from "America's best burger" at Stella's Lounge (per GQ Magazine) to "1 of America's 101 most crazy-awesome new desserts" at Grove Restaurant (New York Magazine).
Explore our favorite foodie destinations:
• Breakfast Spots
• Burger Havens
• Farm-to-Fork Restaurants
• Family Farms, Markets & Tours
• Dessert & Sweet Shops
• Craft Beers
• Happy Hours & Bloody Mary Bars
• Wine Favorites
Other notable dining diversions:
• Cooking classes and events
• Restaurant Week Grand Rapids in August
• Arts & Eats Back Roads Tour in October
• International Wine, Beer & Food Festival in November
• Grandwich and Grand Cocktail competitions