March 9, 2024

2024 World of Winter Noodle Fest, brought to you by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc and GRAPF. Apply Now



When: Saturday, March 9, 2024   11 am - 6 pm

Where: Calder Plaza - 300 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Application for the Noodle Fest competition is now open!

We're accepting all noodle dishes.

What is Noodle Fest?  Noodle Fest is a blast! It's where talented chefs battle it out to create the yummiest noodle dishes. This event is a crowd-pleaser, open to everyone (need to apply as we have limited competitor spots). 

As an attendee, each dish offered by the chefs is available at $6 or less. Also, you're not just a noodle consumer; you're a judge, too! Each dish purchase earns you a voting token, giving you the power to crown the ultimate noodle champ.

But that's not all - we've got a buffet of entertainment for all ages! Kids can belt their hearts out with karaoke, and our Amazing DJs, including the 10-year-old sensation DJ RedD and the incredible DJ Kohei, will keep the good vibes going strong. For an extra helping of fun, come dressed as your favorite noodle dish. Our Executive Director plans to dress up as a bowl of ramen!

So, don't miss the coolest winter celebration - the "World Of Winter." It's your ticket to come together, savor mouthwatering noodles, and create unforgettable memories. Let's make this winter unforgettable! 🍜❄️

Congratulations to Angel's Thai Cafe, the Noodle Fest Champ 2023! Their winning noodle dish is Kapoon, a delicious red curry noodle made with chicken stock, minced chicken, and topped with cilantro and cabbage.

In second place is Thai Street Noodles (a pop-up shop) with their pork broth Pink Noodles (Yen Ta Fu), and in third place is Monsoon Vietnamese Cuisine with their Bún Bò Huế (spicy noodle soup) - a rich broth that blends pork and beef and originates from Huế, the central region of Vietnam known for its spicy cuisine.

If you want to try the winning dish, visit Angel's Thai Cafe - 136 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

A bowl of Kapoon
Angel's Thai Cafe team holding up their prize

On March 4th, 2023, Noodle Fest occurred at Calder Plaza and drew an estimated 7,000 attendees. Eleven vendors participated in the competition to be crowned the best noodle dish of 2023, with each dish priced at $6.

In addition to the food, the event offered a range of entertainment, including karaoke, live music from a band, and DJs. Noodle Fest was an entertaining event with something for the whole family.

Also, we added a spicy noodle challenge this year, and Joreine crushed his competition. 

Noodle Fest 2023 Line up
Noodle Fest 2023 Competitors
Attendees getting food at Noodle Fest 2023
Attendee drinking soup from a bowl at Noodle Fest 2023
Redd Marasigan
Attendees sitting at Noodle Fest 2023
Attendees enjoying activities at Noodle Fest 2023
Ace Marasigan Dancing
Spicy Noodle eating contest at Noodle Fest 2023
Winner of spicy noodle eating contest with his arms up
the crowd gathers for the spicy noodle eating contest
Attendees of Noodle Fest 2023
Musicians performing on the stage of Noodle Fest 2023
the crowd gathers for the spicy noodle eating contest
A man holding up peace sign with his noodle fest trophy