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.