Pizzerias prepare for Grand feast

Local pizzerias are preparing to square off in a competition at the Grand Haven Community Center on Saturday.
Krystle Wagner
Mar 21, 2014

Residents can sample slices from several pizzerias during the third annual Grand Pizza and Beer Fest from noon to 4 p.m. Admission to sample pizza is $15, and it is $20 to sample both pizza and beer.

The first 100 attendees will receive a free apron. You must be 21 or older and have an ID to purchase alcohol.

Barefoot Sunday and Downriver Unplugged will provide music at the festival as Clover Bar, Jet’s Pizza, Marco’s, Mr. Scrib’s, Old Boys’ Brewhouse, Pizza Hut Wingstreet and VanderMill compete for votes for favorite pizzeria. Voting ends at 3:30 p.m. and the winner will be announced about 15 minutes later.

Acoustic Mead, New Holland Brewing, Odd Side Ales, Osgood, Unruly Brewery and Vander Mill will serve beer samples, and Lemon Creek Winery will serve wine samples.

Steve Siciliano of Siciliano’s Market will discuss the basics of home brewing during a seminar at 2 p.m.

Jet’s Pizza owners and operators Chris and Matt George said they’ve already begun preparations for the competition. Chris George said they will take about 30 pizzas to the event.

“We’re making more dough than usual,” he said.

Matt George said they are looking forward to the opportunity to engage in the friendly competition among other pizzerias.

“It’s all for good fun,” he said.

Courtney Geurink, program and events coordinator for the local Chamber of Commerce — which is organizing the event — said the festival is a way to highlight local pizzerias and to provide community members with a good time.

Residents can also enter a Pizza Pie Eating Contest at 3 p.m. to see who can scarf down a medium hand-tossed pizza from Pizza Hut the fastest. The winner will receive bragging rights, a medal and $20 in Dune Dollars.

Those interested in participating in the eating contest must register by 2 p.m. Saturday. There’s a $5 participation fee and contestants must sign a waiver. The registration form is available on the Chamber’s website: grandhavenchamber.org/grand-pizza-beer-fest.



No sense even going if Fricanos won't be there!

Grand Haven Happy

So true! If Fricano's isn't there, real pizza won't be either and if Fricano's is there, they'd win anyway as usual because you can't fool the public with inferior knockoff's. Even if they had lots of beer to wash the pizza down with!


In the absence of Fricanos I would likely give the nod to Scribs when you consider the pie and cost to find the best value, I must say Wing street and Jets are about like buying a frozen Walmart pizza and although in a pinch it's ok I can't see them competing with the others in the list head to head...it's like McDonalds showing up at a grilling competition.


Well said Wolverine! It should be limited to just locals. And $15.00 for a few slices of pizza! Come-on! Obviously this is just going to be another beer festival with a bunch of drunks and not affordable for families.

Barry Soetoro

Sounds like my kind of crowd.

Vast Right Wing...

No Mario's? No Fricano's?
But yet Pizza Hut and Jet's
And its certainly not worth $15


Where are the Divas when we need them. :O)


Laughing out loud!!


Be careful what you wish for!


This shouldn't be priced any more than say, Red Tomato, it is basically a Pizza Buffet. Do they really need to charge $15 per person? Really people, c'mon. So if I was to take my family and if my wife and myself wanted to try the brews it would cost $70. Now I could go to Pizza Hut and get 2 large Pizzas for $21.20 (more than 4 of us could eat), go to the Grand Haven 9 for say $40 at the most. More bang for my buck. Dilemma's.


Wow..making me hungry..so glad to hear there are still folks who know what good pizza is. .i grew up on Fricanos. Since leaving Michigan years ago I haven't found another that can come close to being as good. Haven't been back for years but plan on bringing my granddaughters for visit this summer so they can taste Real pizza. Of course that depends on whether there's a thaw by June..(sorry..couldn't help that one..this was the kind of winters I grew with almost every year in Grand Haven. It Has to end someday) TIGERS will be playing in two weeks..life begins again!

makes sense

And we wonder why there are so many alcohol related deaths on the highways and why our jails are full of drunks.
Does this city have any festivals or events that don't include alcohol? Our children are being brought up to be alcoholics by our own example. How sad.


Hopefully if this event happens again next year, the entrance fee will be reduced. I can get my pizza pie & beer at Fricanos served to me for about the same price, while seated in a warm comfortable atmosphere!
Go Fricanos!


So did anybody go to this? I am curious how the turnout was.


Pizza Hut?

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