Want a taste of Wisconsin? Then you’re in luck. Wisconsin is packed with food festivals year round, featuring some of the state’s most important agricultural commodities. For information on all of the food festivals in the state, go to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Travel Wisconsin website, travelwisconsin.com. The following events are just a few examples of the many festivals that educate about the importance of agriculture and connect farmers with consumers, all while delighting a variety of palates.
Running for more than 50 years, Beef-a-Rama brings enthusiasts together in Minocqua to celebrate Wisconsin beef products. The festival features a parade, cook-offs, live music, races, games and more – all served with more than a ton of tasty beef. Visit beefarama.com for details about scheduling and events.
Cranberries: Warrens Cranberry Fest
People travel from all over to attend the world’s largest cranberry festival. Warrens Cranberry Fest, founded in 1973, features cranberry marsh tours, a parade and cranberry recipe contests, as well as arts, crafts and a variety of market booths. Learn more details about the festival and schedule at cranfest.com.
Cheese: Green County Cheese Days
The oldest food festival in the Midwest at more than 100 years old, Green County Cheese Days celebrates dairy farming, cheesemaking and Swiss traditions deeply rooted in the area. The family-friendly event, which is held in Monroe, features a cheesemaking demonstration, milking contest, parade led by a herd of decorated Brown Swiss cattle and more. Visit cheesedays.com for a festival schedule.
Chicken: Eleva Broiler Fest
The Eleva Broiler Fest serves up mouthwatering chicken to festivalgoers as they enjoy carnival rides, music, parades and other activities. The event dates back to 1947, when a local family wanted to hold a celebration with a fun parade. Over the years, the festival has drawn thousands to the small village of Eleva, which has population of 700. Learn more at elevabroilerfestival.com.