Presented by the local Chamber of Commerce, the event celebrated local pizzas and Michigan craft beer. More than 400 people sampled from six pizzerias, six breweries and a winery.
“We are were happy with the turnout and glad that we could a present a fun event for our communities,” said the event director, Courtney Geurink.
After the attendees ate two pizzas samples each from Clover Bar, Jet’s Pizza, Marco’s Pizza, Mr. Scrib’s, Old Boys’ Brewhouse and Pizza Hut WingStreet, they cast their vote for Best Classic and Best Specialty pizza.
Clover Bar won the Classic category with its cheese pizza, while Old Boys’ Brewhouse was named runner-up. The Specialty title went to Old Boys’ Brewhouse, and a close second was given to Clover Bar. Mr. Scrib’s was presented with the Best Booth plaque.
Michigan craft beer flowed from Acoustic Mead, New Holland Brewery, Odd Side Ales, Osgood Brewing, Unruly Brewing Co. and Vander Mill. Lemon Creek Winery was also there pairing a couple of their selections with the pizza.
Geurink said they plan to add a homebrew competition for next year’s fest.
In the middle of the afternoon, eight participants competed in the annual Pizza Pie Eating Contest. Contestants took on the challenge of devouring a medium hand-tossed pie from Pizza Hut. Coming down to the final bites, Mike Modell took the title in 5 minutes and 21 seconds.
“The pizza went down easy,” Modell said. “The crust you had to drink water to help it go down. I didn’t figure that out until halfway through.”