The Wisconsin State Fair starts its annual 10 day run on August 4th. Cream puffs, cheese curds, ice cream, brats, corn on the cobb and lots of food on a stick are all here. Judging of cattle, horses, pigs and feathered friends can be enjoyed each day.
Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs
The Wisconsin State Fair certainly has a reputation for unique and unusual foods, which is why they created an Annual Food Competition, The Sporkies. Each year eight finalists are selected from several dozen entries, and a panel of celebrity judges chooses the recipients of three Golden Spork Awards
The first Friday in August, this year it is the 5th, is International Beer Day. In Wisconsin it is not yet a state holiday but is celebrated with gusto reflecting our German heritage and long brewing history. Wisconsin’s largest brewers are Miller in Milwaukee, Minhas in Monroe, New Glarus Brewing and Stevens Point Brewing. However the craft beer industry is growing and Wisconsin is now home to 70 members of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild.
August 6th is National Mustard Day and will be celebrated in downtown Middleton, Wisconsin at the National Mustard Museum.
August 10th is National S’mores Day celebrating that wonderful creation enjoyed around campfires all across Wisconsin.
Oshkosh, Wisconsin has just completed the annual Experimental Aircraft Association show that draws hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of airplanes. Aircraft enthusiasts love the opportunity to experience the aviation marvels. The EAA grounds also are the location of an aircraft museum.
Edible Antics is traveling this week to Sheboygan and Taylor counties in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin State Fair. We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit. We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county.
Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks. The prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit. Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.
This week our Wisconsin county virtual culinary tour takes us to Kewaunee and LaCrosse Counties looking for Wisconsinmade edibles and fun places to visit.
The Wisconsin culinary tour continues into Columbia and Crawford Counties. Can we find cheese, fudge and fun stops too?
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Columbia County by David Benbennick
56,000 people occupy 773 square miles with Portage as the county seat. Other cities include Columbus and Poynette. The Wisconsin River forms the western border of the county. The Merrimac ferry, a free car ferry, crosses the river from a point in the southwest corner of the county.
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Crawford County by David Benbennick
About 17,000 folks occupy 572 square miles with Prairie du Chen as the county seat. Other cities include Gays Mills and Soldiers Grove. A great recreational river, the Kickapoo River, runs south through the county. The rolling hills and valleys of this county are classic driftless examples of the southwestern Wisconsin topography. The apple orchards and their shops are very popular in the fall harvest season especially the Apple Festival each year in late September.
Our Wisconsin culinary tour visits our friends in Brown and Buffalo Counties.
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Brown County by David Benbennick
Brown County is home to about 248,000 folks and occupies 529 square miles. The county seat is Green Bay. Brown County hosts the cities of Green Bay and De Pere and the surrounding suburbs but it known as “Title Town” – the home of our championship football team the Green Bay Packers. This metro based community has much to offer the visitor including over 400 dining opportunities, microbreweries, a distillery, recreation and cultural activities with abundant lodging.
Brown County is home to a number of Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners. They include:
Ski’s Meats is a meat market and deli with cheese and other quality products
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Buffalo County by David Benbennick
Buffalo County is on the far western edge of Wisconsin and offers scenic and pastoral vistas. It is home to about 13,000 Wisconsinites and is 684 square miles in size. The county seat is the city of Alma. One side of the county is along the scenic Mississippi River and includes the cities of Fountain City and Mondovi. While Buffalo County is a more sparsely populated county this rural area supports good dining, interesting lodging and a section of the Great River Road along the Mississippi River.
Edible Antics Buffalo County recommendations include:
Nelson Cheese store in Nelson for ice cream, a broad selection of cheese and wine.
Pumpkin spice! Are you a fan…or have you had just about enough of all things pumpkin spiced? Available are Pumpkin Spice flavored –
Latte’s, ice cream, cupcakes, milkshakes
Bagels, granola, multiple beers, corn puffs
M&M’s, bars, brittle, yogurt, peeps
marshmallows, tea, Twinkies, kettle corn
Ice cream, Oreos, almonds, macaroons, Kalua
cream cheese, cookies, mini wheats, English muffins
Where will it all end?
Pumpkin Cream Cheescake
Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn
The fall season brings out all things pumpkin and most people enjoy that. And I will admit to a particular fondness for the Wisconsinmade Pumpkin Cream Cheesecake And maybe a latte or two. And some Wisconsinmade Pumpkin Spice Carmel Corn. And pumpkin ice cream. OK, so I guess I am a fan. But it is possible to overdue a good thing right?
Wisconsin being an agricultural state grows lots of pumpkins and hosts fall harvest festivals. Each fall the city of Cedarburg, Wisconsin hosts a pumpkin contest as part of their Wine and Harvest Festival . The winning pumpkin came in at 2,145 pounds. It was grown in Streator, Illinois, by a man named Gene McMullen. Over a ton in one pumpkin!
If you too are into a variety of the refined tastes of pumpkin items visit our pumpkin pages at Wisconsinmade.com where all of these quality items are
Wisconsin, the Dairy State, welcomes the World Dairy Expo to Madison this week. The Expo features exhibits, contests, judging and facilitates the purchase and sale of dairy cattle from all over the world. This year the Expo celebrates 50 years of hosting dairy farmers and supporters with a grand show.
Over 77,000 dairy industry enthusiasts will attend. More than 3,000 of them from 94 foreign countries. There are over 800 company exhibitors from 24 countries. In attendance will be over 2,000 head of cattle representing the 7 dairy breeds. For these few days Madison, Wisconsin becomes the center of the dairy universe.
The 2014 dairy cattle representatives were:
Ayrshire – 258
Brown Swiss – 366
Guernsey – 241
Holstein – 582
Jersey – 401
Milking Shorthorn – 228
Red and White – 258
Implement manufacturers, equipment suppliers and support firms make up the exhibitor list. Families and industry insiders all attend to see what is new, how others are approaching various problems and what to expect in the future.
Wisconsin’s dairy industry history and heritage builds a sound base for this annual event. Most the milk produced in Wisconsin is used in the production of over 80 varieties of cheese. Our Master Cheesemakers are in attendance at the Expo and are featured at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board booth where they are serving grilled cheese sandwiches daily. Now that the weather has turned cooler Wisconsinmade will resume shipping many of these quality cheeses on October 1. This international Expo and our quality cheeses are both
Recently Reuters published an article detailing the changing tastes in the ice cream market. Among other changes noticed in the worldwide markets for ice cream they reported that consumers are turning to niche brands with unusual ingredients. The mindset they quoted was “If I’m gonna have some ice cream, it’s gotta be the good stuff.”
Here in Wisconsin, the dairy state, we specialize in “the good stuff.” The University of Wisconsin Madison has as part of their agriculture school an entire laboratory and production facility devoted to the process of producing high quality ice cream and teaching students how it is done. As a result Wisconsin manufacturers include Chocolate Shoppe, Cedar Crest and the UW’s own Babcock Hall brands of ice cream. Graduates from this program are in high demand.
Wisconsinmade.com offers these ice creams for delivery packed with dry ice in a reusable foam cooler. Also available are delicious ice cream toppings to add to the treat. Looking for unique flavors of ice cream? How about these Wisconsinmade.com items:
Cookie dough Black Licorice
Mint Chocolate Coconut Almond
Cookies and cream Espresso Oreo
Mocha Machiatto Machinac Island fudge
Orange custard chocolate chip Mint Avalanche
Blue moon Zanzibar Chocolate
On a hot summer day a cool dish of special ice cream hits the spot. So join the international trend and get “some of the good stuff” for you and your family at Wisconsinmade.
Ice Cream! – Made with pride and passion in Wisconsin.
Summer in Wisconsin provides beautiful days that are just about perfect. Temperatures in the 70’s, blue skies, light breeze – perfect for an outdoor picnic.
Wisconsin Capitol building in Spring
Evening sunset reflected on one wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol during a Concert on the Square
Many cities in Wisconsin host summer evening outings that involve music, food and a general picnic atmosphere. Madison residents have organized a “group picnic” called Concerts on the Square. The Square in this reference is the Capitol Square, a block in downtown Madison centered by the beautiful Wisconsin State Capitol building. Thanks to many generous sponsors and individual voluntary contributions for six Wednesday evenings each summer the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra plays a free concert on the steps at one corner of the building while thousands of folks sit on blankets and folding chairs, enjoy the music and a picnic. There are food and beverage vendors to provide a selection of local picnic fare, or many bring their own picnic baskets. Upwards of 25, 000 people show up for this community picnic each week.
Each concert has a “theme” and usually a guest performer joins the orchestra. A recent presentation featured songs from the rock group The Eagles performed by members of Jeans ‘n Classics, a Canadian group that melds popular music with orchestras. They also did a nice version of Bolero on July 15, 2015.
If you are near Madison in the summer don’t miss the Wisconsin made picnic Concerts on the Square.
Student Union Lakeside Brat Stand Photo by Rick Remeschatis
The University of Wisconsin Madison campus is in bloom, seniors have graduated and the brats are back on the student union lakeside terrace! The outdoor grill is fired up and the students and alumni favorites are cooking. Cold beer and ice cream too.
Looking out over the sail boats on Lake Mendota on a sunny afternoon is relaxing. One of the nicer opportunities in Madison. If you can’t get there yourself, you can still get the same brats that are served there and the ice cream too, both available for delivery to your door via the links above.
Grilling brats photo by Rick Remeschatis
Or perhaps you would like to fire up your grill and try a wider variety of our Wisconsinmade bratwurst. A broad selection of brats and sauces are available at: