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Grab a Bite at Wisconsin's Festivals
Last Updated: 6/16/2014
The most famous example of this summer food phenomenon is probably the Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puff - hundreds of thousands are sold to sweet-toothed patrons every summer. Don't fill up in one place, though. With a season's worth of great events ahead, there are plenty of signature dishes and drinks to save room for.
While an abundance of strawberry food items are available every summer at Cedarburg's Strawberry Festival, the main food of choice actually is a delicious beverage, quenching the thirst of festival-goers on a hot summer's day. Their beverage of choice is Cedar Creek Settlement's "Strawberry Slush" -- a mixture of ice, fresh strawberries and a secret ingredient, offering the perfect mixture for a tasty, unique drink. At times, grown-ups might choose to add some Strawberry Blush Wine to their slush to give it a more adult flavor. But no matter what the age, everyone at the festival walks around, proudly, with a red mustache.
Catch a bite of the traditional Wisconsin Fish Fry at Port Fish Day in Port Washington. For 41 years, this festival hooks people in for fish and chips, especially since it's known as "The World's Largest Outdoor Fish Fry," luring about 50,000 people each year. If your stomach is feeling especially ready to reel in some fish, try your best at the "Smoked Fish Eating Contest." After a 12-hour day, the event serves about 10,000 pounds of fish and 13,000 pounds of cottage fries.
What makes the food at this Prairie du Chien festival so unique is not just what they serve, but how they serve it. Fry bread, a staple in Native American cuisine, is the most popular dish at this festival, especially since the way it is prepared is incredibly authentic. The cooks are dressed in authentic garb and assemble the bread to your liking in an old fashioned way. The cooks stretch out the dough, pad it down, dip it into grease and throw it on the campfire. The fry bread at this festival can be served with sugar and cinnamon, fruit filling, plain or used to make tacos.
What can be better than ice cream? Try beer and ice cream, two of Wisconsin's finest food traditions. This fabulous fusion is found once a year at no other time than Oktoberfest in Chippewa Falls. The entrée of choice is Olson's HOMAID Oktoberfest Ice Cream, which blends Olson's Ice Cream (flavored with pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon) and Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest beer. They add about 48 ounces of beer to every five gallons of ice cream. Here, you can really grab a "cold one" and mean it with a nice cup of Oktoberfest Ice Cream.