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Wisconsin Plate

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Grilled Brats

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:

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Danish Kringle

  • Cheese curds
  • Sheboygan Bratwurst
  • German Sauerkraut
  • 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!

State Fair, Sheboygan and Taylor counties

Wisconsin State Fair and other important dates

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.

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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.

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Touring Rock and Rusk Counties

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.

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Operation Gratitude

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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.  military-1
Operation Gratitude seeks to send care packages to our troops and their families in an effort to bring cheer and appreciation to those that servesupport-1.  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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Pink Wisconsin Food

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Pink Breast Cancer support Kringle

Is it true?  Does food taste better in October if it is pink?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Wisconsinmade is proud of our long dedication to the fundraising efforts supporting research and recovery of two Wisconsin based organizations.

The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition brings Wisconsin voices together to stand up and speak out about breast cancer with:

  • Education – Spotlighting critical breast cancer issues
  • Collaboration – Empowering through strategic alliances
  • Legislation – Influencing policymaking

Breast Cancer Recovery‘s mission is to provide environments for women breast cancer survivors to heal emotionally.  All programs are designed and conducted by survivors for survivors.

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Pink support cookies

So join us by selecting from our special pink products or any of the other 2,200 items on Wisconsinmade.com.  You can even make Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas purchases now and request delayed delivery to a later date and your purchase will count towards our contribution.

Help us support these fine organizations through your purchase of something pink or anything else on Wisconsinmade.com where all the items are

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World Dairy Expo 2015

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Program Cover World Dairy Expo

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.

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Dairy Judgeing

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.

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Brown Swiis

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 Cheesemakerscertified-masters-mark 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

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Cranberries, Apples and Barbeque, Oh My!

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wisconsinmade deluxe cranberry assortment

We hope you and your family can get out there and enjoy this beautiful fall weekend of food fun in Wisconsin.  And if you need quick access to these scrumptious food items check out the cranberry items the apple items and all of our meat selections on Wisconsinmade.com

All of them are:

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Bacon! Bacon!

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Bacon selection

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.

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bacon sampler

The Kinnickinnic River is 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.

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bacon wrapped filets

Wisconsinmade has a featured selection bacon sampler that includes hickory and cherrywood smoked bacon.  Or how about a bacon slab where you can cut yours to any thickness you like.  Also available on Wisconsinmade.com are bacon wrapped beef filets, breakfast meats assortment sampler, bacon carmel corn popcorn (it’s delish) and even bacon treats for your dog.  

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Bacon Carmel Corn

So if you can’t make it to River Falls this weekend for their Bacon Bash 2015 be sure to drop by Wisconsinmade.com and stock up on great Wisconsinmade bacon.

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Bacon On A Stick!

4C_WSF_stacked_datedThe Wisconsin State Fair is underway with all the treats and attractions you can imagine.

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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.

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Alligator bites

And how about those items that are “on a stick?” Ok, so here are a few:

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Chocolate covered cranberries on a stick

chocolate bacon on a stick

Chocolate covered bacon on a stick

cheesecake on a stick

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Something for everyone!

How about deep fried bacon wrapped tater tots on a stick!

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“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.

Wisconsin State Fair 2015

The Wisconsin State Fair for 2015 runs from Thursday August 6th through Sunday August 16th. 4C_WSF_stacked_datedThe fair features large varieties of food, traditional rides and games and judging of animals, food products, crafts and art.  Wisconsin’s artisan cheesemakers and meat producers products are carefully judged and awarded ribbons for their quality products.

The results of the Cheese contest have been released. Congratulations to all the winning cheesemakers at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair competition. This year there were 372 entrees in 28 classes from 146 Wisconsin cheesemakers.   The top three cheeses in each category received awards.  cheese-grouping-WMMB-cheese-infoThe 2015 Grand Master Cheesemaker will be named and recognized along with the other winning cheesemakers at the Blue Ribbon Cheese and Butter Auction August 13 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.  blue ribbonThe winning cheeses will be auctioned off with the proceeds used to support scholarships for students pursuing dairy related degrees and in support of other milk marketing efforts.

A number of the cheesemakers that have won awards in the annual Wisconsin State Fair competition for 2015 have their company’s cheeses available on Wisconsinmade.com.  Many or these softer cheeses only ship in the cooler months, starting Oct. 1.

Winning cheesemakers that have cheeses seasonably available on Wisconsinmade.om are:

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Gary Grossen

Gary Grossen Master Cheesemaker at the Babcock Hall Dairy Plant on the University of Wisconsin –Madison campus won for his Brick cheese Class 05 Brick, Muenster – First Place.  Gary explains his cheese making process.  Babcock cheese is available seasonally on Wisconsinmade.com

Chad Duhal from Zimmerman Cheese in South Wayne, Wisconsin – Third Place Class 05 Brick, Muenster for his Muenster Cheese

Steve Stettler Master Cheesemaker from Decatur Dairy in Brodhead, Wisconsin took third place in Class 10 Flavored Pepper Cheese  for his Pepper Havarti cheese. He also took second Place in Class 20 Havarti (unflavored) for his Havarti cheese.  Decatur cheeses are available seasonally on Wisconsinmade.com

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Marieke Penterman

Marieke Penterman from Holland’s Family Cheese in Thorp, Wisconsin took third place in Class 12 Flavored Semi-Soft cheese – for Marieke Burning Melange Gouda.  Marieke also won second place in Class 22 Open Class for Semi-Soft Cheese (unflavored) for the Marieke Golden cheese.  A selection of Marieke cheese gifts are available on Wisconsinmade.com

Wally Hartwig from Zimmerman Cheese in South Wayne, Wisconsin took first place Class 13 Smoked Cheese – for Smoked Brick. 

Other Wisconsin State Fair award winning cheesemaker partners of Wisconsinmade.com include Emmi Roth USA, Pine River Cheese and Carr Valley Cheese.

Wisconsin artisans produce a broad variety of cheeses that continue to be recognized by judges and customers for superior quality.  Congratulations to all the winning artisan cheesemakers!

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