Here in Wisconsin we are proud to make cheese. You probably already knew that, right. But we not only make a lot of cheese – we make the very best cheese. The US Championship Cheese Contest is held every other year. This year it was held at Lambeau Field – home of the Green Bay Packers. There were a record-breaking 2.303 entries from 33 states in this – the largest contest of its kind in the US. More than 37,000 pounds in 101 classes were judged by 48 judges from 19 states. They were assisted by over 100 volunteers. So… how did the Wisconsin cheesemakers do in the contest you asked? Well, it turns out that the top three cheeses; the Grand Champion, the first runner up and the second runner up were all produced by Wisconsin cheesemakers! The Grand Champion was Sartori Cheese Black Pepper Bella Vitano. First runner up was a one to two year aged Cheddar from Agropur in Weyauwega. And the second runner up was Marieke Gouda Belegen produced by Marieke Penterman from Thorp Wisconsin. Wisconsinmade.com is proud to help you find some of Marieke’s award winning cheese. Her family farm is a great testament to hard work and their vision of producing delicious cheese. Wisconsin Proud indeed!
Sweet Sixteen Proud!
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The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team did it again! They knocked off Virginia Tech in the first round and then the number one seeded Villanova to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The team has had five wins over the number 1 and 2 seeds in the past four NCAA tournaments and reached the Sweet Sixteen all four years and the Final Four twice. Thanks to our talented seniors for a great season. Seniors Vitto Brown, Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter led this team on a fun run and came up just short on a buzzer beater in overtime. But we can all be Wisconsin Proud of these men, the team and the wonderful season they just completed. Thank you to them all.
Easter – Sunday April 16th
Easter Morning Sugar Cookie Gift Tin
Easter this year falls the day after normal “tax day” April 15th. Bur since that is a Saturday, and the Washington DC Emancipation Day holiday observed on April 17 instead of April 16, 2017 Tax Day is on the following Tuesday April 18th. But don’t spend Easter Sunday finishing your taxes. Try some cookies, some hard boiled eggs and a little ham. Hopefully it will be a beautiful spring day we can all enjoy.
Hope you are anticipating the spring flowers and warmer temps like we are.
It turns out that we are not the only ones having fun with Wisconsin foods. Taylor Hicks is hosting a new series this fall called State Plate. The winner of season five on “American Idol” is traveling to states to find specific foods for which each state is known. He has recently visited Wisconsin looking for classic Wisconsin foods that represent our heritage and our iconic food items. On his tour he had great fun meeting our state’s producers of five of our delightful edibles. He has specifically explored our:
BooYah in Green Bay
Danish Kringle from Racine
As he travels around the states he plans to visit I am sure the Wisconsin treats will be his favorite. We thank Taylor and the folks at State Plate for visiting our state and for presenting our special treats to their audience. Make sure to tune in this Friday at 8pm CT!
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 this week is touring Rock and Rusk counties in Wisconsin. 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 to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county alphabetically by county.
This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Rock and Rusk counties looking for edibles and adventures.
Wisconsinmade is delighted at the support our customers and partner artisans have shown for our efforts to raise funds for Operation Gratitude. Veterans Day November 11th is a great opportunity to remember those that have served our country.
Operation Gratitude seeks to send care packages to our troops and their families in an effort to bring cheer and appreciation to those that serve. Wisconsinmade hopes to add enough new Facebook and Twitter fans to be able to donate $ 1,000.00 to this worthy organization.
Gratitude and thanks also form the basis for our Thanksgiving celebrations. Wisconsinmade.com has many ways to help you with your Thanksgiving preparations. But have you noticed that many folks and commercial establishments have already switched to the Christmas holiday decorations and products? Trees, lights and toy lands are everywhere. Still about 45 days away, but looking around the community it looks like it might be here next week. If you would like to participate in this early shopping experience Wisconsinmade.com allows you to request a delayed delivery date for any of your gifts purchased on the site.
Veterans Day and Thanksgiving are days of gratitude for many of us. We are grateful for many things including you our customers and fans of Wisconsinmade.com and for all our artisan partners who provide all these quality products that are available on Wisconsinmade.com that are all
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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
The fall harvest festivals in bountiful Wisconsin continue this weekend. The weather is forecasted to be a beautiful late summer early fall sampling of delight. So what’s your pleasure?
Gays Mills Apple orchard
The city of Gays Mills in southwestern Wisconsin along with a number of area apple orchards celebrate the Gays Mills Apple Festival. Saturday and Sunday both have scheduled events for the whole family. This part of Wisconsin is the drift less region where it was not subjected to the glacial smoothing of the north eastern part of the state. As a result there are picturesque hills and valleys with twisty roads and overlooks. The ridges above Gays Mills are home to a number of apple orchards that welcome you with their offerings of apples, turnovers, cider, donuts and a sampling of dairy products from the area.
Ocean Spray Cranberry harvest
The area in central Wisconsin around Warrens hosts their annual Cranberry Festival. Cranberries are a major agricultural product for Wisconsin and we rank number one in production with over 60% of the nation’s total output harvested here. This festival in Warrens celebrates all things cranberry with over 1.300 artisan display booths that stretch out over three miles. You can take tours of nearby cranberry producing bogs, explore the large arts and crafts fair or sample cranberry themed food products.
Grilling at Beef- A-Rama
There is also a Swiss influenced Octoberfest in New Glarus along with other October fests in a large number of communities throughout Wisconsin. Or the Beef-A-Rama in Minocqua. Or the Brew-B-Que in Lodi. The Travel Wisconsin website is a great resource to find happenings in your area.
Everything is better with bacon, right? Fall in Wisconsin is starting and it is the season of festivals. Many of them food related. We will cover some of them over the next few weeks. This weekend it is the River Falls Bacon Bash. This festival features all things bacon, pig-themed activities, live music, merchandise from local artists and bacon vendors over the September 19-20 weekend. There will be sampling of bacon related products from River Falls restaurants and food vendors. About 40 vendors will be showcasing their products such as specialty sauces, ice cream, arts, crafts and novelty items.
TheKinnickinnic Riveris a world-class trout stream with over 8,000 trout per mile in some stretches. The “Kinni” flows through the City of River Falls and provides a beautiful backdrop to the Bacon Bash.
All over Wisconsin you can find small meat markets that supply local residents with fresh beef, pork, chicken, fish and game meats. Bacon is a staple for most of them.
The Wisconsin State Fair is underway with all the treats and attractions you can imagine.
A wisconsin State Fair Cream Puff pastry
There is of course the world famous Cream Puffs. As you move through the line you can observe the production process as it happens.
Of course there are brats and beer. But there is also a large selection of more exotic foods. Shark bites and alligator bites are two of them.
And how about those items that are “on a stick?” Ok, so here are a few:
Chocolate covered cranberries on a stick
Chocolate covered bacon on a stick
cheesecake on a stick
Something for everyone!
How about deep fried bacon wrapped tater tots on a stick!
“Lug Nuts” – bacon wrapped tater tots
The winners in the annual Wisconsin State Fair meats competition have been announced. Congratulatins to Tim Haen of Haen Meat Packing in Kaukauna for his first place bacon and another first place for his Jalapeno Cheese Summer Sausage.
It seems everyone agrees that if it has bacon – it’s better. Wisconsinmade.com agrees and includes a smoked bacon sampler and more from Jones Dairy. One pound of each – cheerywood smoked and hickory smoked bacon. Yum!
The Wisconsin State Fair is a wonderful day of fun and treats for all. If you are in the Milwaukee area in early August plan to spend a day here. If you can’t make it, many of the fine items Made with Pride and Passion by the Artisans of Wisconsin are available on Wisconsinmade.com.