Granted, signs of fall abound. Trees are starting to turn, kids are back in school, and summer’s death nell, Labor Day, came and went. But summer parties in Wisconsin continue. The fun won’t run inside until the first snows fall. Check out Wisconsin Travel for a list of all the outdoor, fall festivals that are still to come throughout Wisconsin.

This weekend, on Sep. 12, gourmet food and drink enthusiasts will gather in New Glarus, WI for the ‘Bounty of Green County’. The festival will be a gourmand’s dream; spread across the beautiful grounds of the New Glarus Brewing Co. and over-looking the town of New Glarus, artisan booth after booth will offer samples of locally-made cheeses, chocolates, bakery breads, sausages, candies, and desserts. You know the party will be grand because they’ll be lots of beer flowing from The New Glarus Brewery. Don’t just spot the Spotted Cow Ale, drink it too.

And don’t worry that this is a Wisconsin-orgy weekend. The Bounty of Green County is a highly educational event. As you eat and drink you can discuss the intricacies of cheese-making, beer-brewing, sausage-meistering, baking, and dairy farming with the Wisconsinites who passionately produce these gourmet foods. Get tips for your own cooking, watch cooking demonstrations, find out how the beer’s brewed, and discover which beers to pair with which cheeses. (To qualify as a Wisconsin gourmet this pairing knowledge is required.)

Yes, they’ll be live music throughout the day, and then a culmination of events with the evening’s ‘Feast’. Get tickets now for a multi-course dinner featuring artisanal foods created in Green County and prepared by gourmet chefs. Think of the feast as a fall kick-off. With this much great food available so close by, we’ll be set for winter.

Meanwhile, summer isn’t over in my garden; I’m still harvesting zucchini. Click on “Continue reading…” for a new recipe for zucchini bread. This one has chocolate in it!

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