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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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