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The fifth Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival is underway at DeVos Place.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The fifth Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival is underway at DeVos Place.

Hundreds of vendors are selling small samples to eat and drink.  It's an opportunity for people to broaden their horizons.

"You get to taste variety in small quantities," says wine drinker Daphne Cancier.

"Maybe discover something you didn't know you liked," adds Jason Joseph.

The festival is part party, part educational.

With wine,  in particular, people have lots of questions, such as What wine to serve for what occasion and with what foods?

At the festival the vendors have answers and offer the chance to sip some of the suggestions.

"Experiment," encourages Tasters Guild International president Joe Borrello. "An event like this is really terrific because you can try so many different wines."

There are also seminars included with the price of admission.

Thursday night sommelier Michael Schafer hosted "Fundamentals of Food & Wine Pairing."

"What we are looking for is bad math," he explains. "We are looking for one plus one equals three. The food plus the wine equals three."

Schafer teaches the five S's of wine: see, swirl, sniff, sip and savor.

"People ask me what they should drink," he says. "I say they should drink what they like. It's fermented grape juice, that's all it is. We should enjoy it."

Schafer is hosting two more seminars Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

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