Wine, food pairings set for Great Lakes Wine Fest


If you’ve ever wanted to know what food a wine is best paired with, look no further than a food seminar with an award winning chef.

The popular food pairing seminars that have been a hit with guests during the past two years will return for this year’s Great Lakes Wine and Beer Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB at Michigan International Speedway on May 19.

The pairings, demonstrated by MIS’ Executive Chef Frank Marrara, are on sale in advance of the Great Lakes Wine and Beer Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB for $10 per pairing. Advance pairing purchases can be made by calling 800-354-1010. You must have an admission ticket to the wine fest to attend.

You can buy wine festival tickets here.

“It’s not just a great bottle of wine that makes the dining experience a positive one, but also the food that it is paired with it,” Marrara said.

And because of the demand from past events, advance purchases for the pairings are not only encouraged, they’re usually a must.

“These pairings will sell out,” he added.

Each pairing will feature a two-ounce pour of wine from a participating winery at the fest, along with a sample of food that complements the wine.

Each pairing is limited to 50 guests so advance tickets will likely be the only tickets available. The lineup is staggered so guests may choose to attend one or all. Each pairing is sold separately.

Here’s this year’s lineup:

Lawton Ridge Winery
TIME: 12:30 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 216
WINE: Pinot Grigio
FOOD: Pan Seared Monk Fish with Napa Cabbage Slaw

Sandhill Crane Vineyards
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 217
WINE: Cabernet Sauvignon
FOOD: Grilled Flank Steak with Wheat Berries Arugula

Chateau Chantal
TIME: 2:30 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 216
WINE: Nice Red
FOOD: Grilled Lamb Skewer with Vegetable Cous Cous

Circa Estate Winery
TIME: 3:30 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 217
WINE: Pinot Grigio
FOOD: Sautee Lemon Thyme Pork Medallions and sautéed vegetables

St Julian Wine Company
TIME: 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 216
WINE: Pinot Noir
FOOD: Chocolate Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries

“We are planning on a variety of different pairings throughout the day with each one a little different,” Marrara said. “I’m personally very excited about these pairings. Each one is unique so it’s important to get the right combination of food paired with the correct wine.”

Advance tickets for the Great Lakes Wine and Beer Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB are $25. Each ticket includes $10 worth of tasting tokens per day. Buy tickets here.

This event is for guests 21 and older.

Stay on site! Weekend camping is also available for $35 and $50 in the track’s Graves Farm Campground. You can buy camping here!

Need an RV? A hassle-free camping option is available for the wine and brew fest at

Or stay nearby! Contact the Jackson County Convention and Visitors Bureau at for a listing of convenient hotels, all with free shuttle service to and from the wine fest courtesy of Jackson Public Schools.


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