Wine Pairings

Discover the perfect food pairing at the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest


If you’ve ever wanted to know what food a wine or beer is best paired with, look no further than a food pairing with an accomplished chef. The Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson on May 10 at Michigan International Speedway is the spot for you. 

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

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 $15 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 quickly.”

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 60 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.

Mackinaw Trail
TIME: 1 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 216
WINE: Chardonnay Pinot Gris
FOOD: Shrimp scampi over angel hair pasta tossed in basil and tomatoes

TIME: 2 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 217
WINE: Cabernet Franc
FOOD: Rosemary marinated pork tenderloin over cheddar mashed potatoes

New Holland
TIME: 3 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 216
WINE: Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout
FOOD: Michigan Mousse

Spotted Dog
TIME: 4 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 217
WINE: Good Dog
FOOD: Poached Good Dog shrimp over spring greens and kiwi pear vinaigrette

Island Winery
TIME: 5 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 216
WINE: Dragon Fruit
FOOD: Blackened chicken over rice pilaf

More than 40 award-winning wineries from across the state of Michigan will be on hand showcasing more than 100 varieties of wine including, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and others. The 2014 event will feature more than 10 new wineries.

And the impressive list of wineries continues to grow every day. More wineries have already committed to participate in the fifth annual wine fest than last year!

Michigan breweries and food vendors will also be featured, making the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson a Pure Michigan event.

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.

Beer will also return to the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson in 2014. About 25 popular brands of locally-brewed beers were featured at last year’s event and are expected to return.

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

This event is for guests 21 and older.

Stay on site! Weekend camping is also available for $35 (nonelectric sites) and $50 (electric sites) 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 the Jackson County Visitors Bureau 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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