Daily Schedule
Revised July 27, 2021

All judging will take place at the Embassy Suites Grand Rapids Downtown (710 Monroe Avenue NW). Free breakfast is provided for hotel guests, so we strongly encourage volunteers to stay at the host hotel!

Wednesday, July 28th
10:00am-2:00pm Fruit Ridge Orchard Tour (optional, see below for details)
3:15-3:30 Judge Training Check-In
3:30-6:30 Judge Training (Salon B, see below for details)

Thursday, July 29th
8:00 Stewards Report (Salon A)
8:30 Judges Report (Salon B)
8:45 Round 1
10:45 Round 2
12:30 Lunch (provided)
1:30 Round 3
3:30 Round 4

Friday, July 30th
8:00 Stewards Report (Salon A)
8:30 Judges Report (Salon B)
8:45 Round 5
10:45 Round 6
12:30 Lunch (provided)
2:30 Stewards Report (Salon A)
3:00 Judges Report (Salon B)
3:15 Best in Class – Semi-Finals
4:15 Best in Class – Finals
7:00pm-10:00pm Awards Dinner (ticketed event, see below for details)

MCA Orchard Tour & Lunch
The Michigan Cider Association is hosting an Orchard Tour & Lunch at Riveridge Cider Co. on Thursday from 10am to 2pm. The event is free of charge to all GLINTCAP volunteers, and does not require membership in the Michigan Cider Association to attend.

Please note that the orchard is roughly 25-30 minutes by car from the host hotel, and that participants must arrange their own transportation.

Riveridge Cider Co.
3509 18 Mile Road
Kent City MI 49330

10:00-10:30 Meet & Greet
10:30-12:30 Orchard Tour
12:30-2:00 Lunch & Presentations
Presenters: Michigan Craft Beverage Council, Michigan State University, Cider Institute of North America

Please RSVP to Mike Beck at [email protected] if you plan to attend.

GLINTCAP Judge Training Seminar
Led by Charles McGonegal (AeppelTreow Winery) and Ambrosia Borowski (The Northman Beer & Cider Garden)

3:30-5:30 Protocol & Sample Judging: Scoresheets, Styles, Panels, Medals, etc.
5:30-5:45 Intermission
5:45-6:30 Nosing Session: Core Aroma Chemistry and Lexicon

The judge training seminar is open and free of charge to all GLINTCAP judges, stewards, and staff. The first part of this year’s seminar (Protocol & Sample Judging) is required for all judges. The second part of this year’s seminar (Nosing Session) is recommended for all judges, but not required.

We will take attendance using an online form, so please bring an Internet-capable device (phone, tablet, laptop) to the seminar. The wifi password for the event space will be provided on the screen at the front of the room.

GLINTCAP Awards Dinner & Ceremony
Embassy Suites Grand Rapids Downtown – Widdicomb Ballroom

Tickets are $40/person and can be purchased online at Eventbrite.

Cocktail Hour | 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Michigan Ciders plus Beer, Wine & Cocktail Service (Cash Bar)
Hors d’oeuvres
Vegetable Crudites (V)
Imported and Domestic Cheeseboard (V)
Grilled Flank Steak Lettuce Cups
Apple Brie

Dinner & Show | 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM
Trio Entrée Buffet
Mixed Green Salad with Ranch and Cider Infused Vinaigrette
Herb Marinated Chicken with Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce
Slow Roasted Beef Brisket with Beef Compote
Artichoke and Risotto Cakes
Chef’s Selection of Starch and Vegetable
Artisan Rolls and Butter
Freshly Brewed Coffee and Herbal Tea

After Dinner Awards Show Presentation
Emcee: Mattie Beason
Assistants: Mike Beck & Eric West