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What’s Happening in Northern Michigan: Apple Cider Program, Beer Week, International Festival

From cider to craft beer to wine, Michigan knows how to serve up an impressive drink menu. Courtney Sheffer, from the West Michigan Tourist Association, breaks down some of the exciting events highlighting these spectacular offerings.

Visit Left Foot Charley in Traverse City on Nov. 16 for their “A Hard Look at Apple Cider” program in their Barrel Room Education Series. You’ll learn about and taste different varietals of apples, as well as different apple cider blends. Learn about apple growing, cider apples, and hard cider in discussion led by their lead cider maker and a panel of esteemed apple growers. Tickets are available through Left Foot Charley.

Traverse City Beer Week showcases a series of events highlighting the local craft beer scene. From Nov. 10-17, there are seven days of craft beer tastings, dinners and workshops. Get a pint or a sample, meet with brewers and brewery representatives and learn more about our incredible beer state of Michigan. Experience Traverse City Beer Week a whole new way this year with the MyNorth Beer Week Tour. All week, long stop by each ‘suds spot’ and receive three 4 oz. brew tastes when you turn in a ticket. There are eight stops along the tour, so you’ll have lots of chances to sample new brews.

Head to Grand Rapids from Nov. 16-18 for the International Wine, Beer & Food Festival. This is the Midwest’s largest wine, beer & food festival with over 1,600 wines, beers, ciders, and spirits from around the world, along with creations from the area’s finest restaurants. The event attracts thousands of food and wine enthusiasts, and offers tastings, cooking demonstrations, wine and beer seminars, mixology, gourmet foods, specialty items and more. Make a weekend out of your trip with a stay at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel or the JW Marriott, both of which offer special packages for the festival and are connected via skywalk.