Wine and Food Pairings

Wine and food pairings highlight the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest


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

The popular wine and food pairing that have been a hit with guests during the past three years will return for this year’s Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson at Michigan International Speedway on May 18.

The pairings, demonstrated by MIS’ Executive Chef Paul Miller, are on sale in advance of the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson 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.

The pairings sold out last year so make sure you buy your tickets early.

“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,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “Each one is unique so it’s important to get the right combination of food paired with the correct wine. These pairings are sure to be a big hit and will sell out.”

The pairings 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.

J. Trees Cellars
TIME: 1 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 216
WINE: Dry Riesling
FOOD: Curry chicken kabobs served with a mint Riesling yogurt sauce

Leelanau Cellars
TIME: 2 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 217
WINE: White Sangria
FOOD: Pate a Choux stuffed with a Romano and Swiss cheese filling

Chateau Chantal
TIME: 3 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 216
WINE: Semi Sweet Nice Red
FOOD: Prosciutto stuffed chicken roulade drizzled with a nice red mushroom demi

Island Winery
TIME: 4 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 217
WINE: White Cranberry Shipwreck
FOOD: Blackened pan seared scallop on a cranberry risotto with a drizzle of beurre blanc

Black Star Farms
TIME: 5 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 216
WINE: Arcturos Pinot Noir
FOOD: Roasted Lamb Chop served on a wild mushroom risotto with a drizzle of Pinot Noir Demi

So far, 30 of the state’s finest wineries have signed on to showcase and sell more than 100 varieties of wine including, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and others. The list of wineries, most of them award winning, can be found online at the new

Michigan breweries and food vendors will also be featured, making the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson a Pure Michigan event – bigger than last year’s.

Guests may sample wines, beer and food from Michigan vendors, and buy favorite wines by the bottle or case. The festival’s on-site retail store will have select wines and beer available for purchase at the event. In addition to wine and beer sampling, seminars covering wine, food and other topics of interest will be held throughout the venue. Live entertainment throughout the day will also be featured.

Advance tickets for the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson are $30. Each ticket includes $10 worth of tasting tokens per day.

This event is for guests 21 and older.

Weekend camping is also available for $35 and $50 in the track’s Graves Farm Campground. Need an RV? A hassle-free camping option is available for the wine and brew fest at

Or stay nearby! Contact Experience Jackson at for a listing of convenient hotels, all with free shuttle service to and from the wine fest

Tickets and details are available at or by calling 800-354-1010. Also, please visit our Twitter feed @MIWineBeerFest for information about the wine festival.

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