The event took place at Old Boys Brewhouse in Spring Lake. It was presented by The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven-Spring Lake-Ferrysburg and Redi Rental to celebrate local grub, brew and music. It was held in conjunction with the Lubbers Cup rowing regatta on Spring Lake this past weekend.
Nine local restaurants participated in the event, with each creating a signature dish that had to include cheese. Attendees sampled dishes such as Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Ham ‘n’ Cheese Bites from Small Town Sandwich Shop, Cheesed-up Meatloaf Slider from Quality Catering by August, and Broiled Peppered Brie Sliders from Jack’s Waterfront Bistro.
“We had everything cheese here today,” said event director Mary Sherman.
The public vote awarded Anything Goes Catering with the People’s Choice Grub title for its Bite of Mags 5 Cheese Mac. Righteous Cuisine took second place for its Sticks of Righteousness.
Attendees could wash down their cheese samplings with tastes of 43 different beers from 10 Michigan breweries and cider mills. They included Odd Side Ales’ Citrus CPA and Old Boys Brewhouse’s Blueberry Wit.
The public vote awarded Farmhaus Cider Co. with the Brew title for its ciders. Trail Point Brewing Co. took second place for its brews.
“The cheese and brews went really well together this year, accompanied by great local music from the Greenhouse Gang,” Sherman said Saturday. “We certainly celebrated local today.”
Attendees were also encouraged to wear their favorite collegiate team colors and join in a friendly competition.
“We awarded the team with the most school spirit represented at the event with a $500 donation to their rowing program on behalf of the Lubbers Cup Regatta,” Sherman said.
The winner was Michigan State University.
More information and photos are available on the Grub & Brew Fest Facebook page.