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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Heartside
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Food/Culinary

    In the middle of one of the world’s finest growing regions, home to one of the nation’s finest culinary schools, named the #2 most affordable foodie city in America – Grand Rapids has long been a destination for food lovers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

    Choose from the following to create your itinerary:

    Downtown Market

    This dazzling food emporium includes an indoor market of artisan food vendors, outdoor farm market, greenhouse, teaching kitchens and more. Enjoy a snack or a meal, shop for farm-fresh goods and unique pantry items, even take a cooking class. 1 hour.

    Delicious Downtown Market

    This Live Eventfully tour begins with your choice of either four wines or four beers paired with cheeses, meats, breads and jams. Then spend 45 minutes exploring the market and picking up some delicious treats to take home. Group size 8-25. 2 hours.

    Sample the Downtown Market

    Taste cheese, bread, meat, jam, taco, sushi, crepe and smoothie samples during this Live Eventfully tour. Learn about the Michigan agricultural industry and what makes Downtown Market special. Bring extra cash for shopping! Group size 8-30. 2 hours.

    Bon Appetit

    Stop at five downtown restaurants and shops on this walking food tour. Learn about the city in between stops. This Live Eventfully tour includes food served buffet/family style. Bring extra cash for drinks or other items. Group size 8 -25. 2-3 hours.

    Ferris Coffee & Nut

    This gourmet manufacturer, a local fixture since 1924, offers two tours: 1) a brief seed-to-cup presentation and virtual tour of the production facility; 2) that plus a brief coffee-tasting, roasting demonstration, and samples to take home. 60-90 minutes.

    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

    One of the world’s “top 30 must-see museums” includes Michigan’s Farm Garden, a recreation of a 1930s family farm. Tour the grounds, then pop into Taste of the Gardens Café, which uses vegetables harvested from the farm. 2 hours.

    Grassfields Cheese

    See how cheese is made, tour a milking facility and walk or ride a wagon through the animal pastures at this family-owned farm.  Shop for organic cheeses, natural meats and pastured eggs at the on-site market. Available May 1 – October 31. 2 hours.

    Hop Farm to Tap Tour

    Visit one of Michigan’s largest hops farms and discover how hops are grown, harvested and stored in Michigan. This Live Eventfully tour includes beer tasting.  Offered Wednesdays and Saturdays during July and August. 2.5-3 hours.

    Hungry Village Tours

    Take a three-hour Culinary Walk around Saugatuck/Douglas – two lakeshore communities 40 minutes southwest of Grand Rapids. Or indulge in a six-hour Delicious Drive highlighting the local farm-to-fork movement.  Group size 8-50. 3-6 hours.

    The Local Epicurean

    Make from-scratch pasta, cheese or chocolate truffles at this gourmet market while you enjoy a light appetizer buffet of imported cheese and hams, fresh fruit, breads and bottled beverages. 2 hours.

    Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery

    Visit this 100-year-old family farm to tour the orchard, bakery, cider mill and winery. Step up to the lunch counter for fresh-made soups, sandwiches and sweets. Purchase fresh fruit, baked goods, wines and ciders, and other edible gifts. 3 hours.

    Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

    one of the nation’s most respected culinary training programs is located in downtown Grand Rapids. Get a taste of the curriculum at The Heritage Restaurant, where students serve up five-star meals at two-star prices.

    Sietsema Orchards

    Learn the secrets behind growing apples and making award-winning cider on a hayride tour of this family orchard. Siestema also hosts delectable dinners outdoors amidst the apple trees.  2 hours.

    SpartanNash Kitchen Culinary Classes

    Explore the world of food and experience the joy of hands-on cooking in a state-of-the-art facility equipped with full cooking stations and all the supplies you’ll need. 2-4 hours.

    Old World Olive Company

    Indulge in a private tasting party complete with great recipes and education on the health benefits of extra virgin olive oils and vinegars. Group size 8-25 people. 2-2.5 hours.

     

    Events

    Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

    Take advantage of incredible deals on incredible meals during this annual event. Dozens of local restaurants create special three-course meals showcasing both their culinary skills and the region’s astonishing agricultural bounty. August each year.

    Cool Brews. Hot Eats.

    Explore unique food and beer pairings during this annual event celebrating the city’s “Beer City USA” title. Dozens of area restaurants create special dishes prepared with and/or paired with craft beers and ciders. February each year.

    International Wine, Beer & Food Festival

    Celebrate the finer foods in life at the Midwest’s premier tasting and shopping event, when hundreds of vendors and thousands of foodies meet up in downtown Grand Rapids. November each year.