How the Wisconsin Beverage Association is Working to Support Healthier Communities
Festivals are a great way to get together with family or friends to enjoy Wisconsin’s Edible Experiences featuring our signature product; Cheese! Wisconsin’s festivals are a foodie’s dream come true with it’s bounty of locally raised food and award-winning cheese. Our state has countless edible experiences from beer, wine & cheese festivals, to gatherings that celebrate chefs and local food. Many of these festivals celebrate our state’s signature product; cheese! We traveled to events like Cheesetopia, Yum Yum Fest, Between the Bluffs Beer Wine & Cheese Festival, Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, Kohler Food & Wine Experience and a Farm to table dinner all featuring Wisconsin specialty cheese!
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In this episode of Discover Wisconsin, Mariah and Eric explore Kenosha, a revitalized lakefront city that is bursting with culture, activities and experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the state! Mariah kicks things off on the lakeshore, where you’ll find gorgeous views, a variety of museums and parks, and vintage electric street cars that can get you from place to place. After stopping by Kenosha’s infamous HarborMarket, she kicks back and enjoys some tunes at Peanut Butter and Jam, a weekly concert series set on the lakeshore.
When it comes to recreation, you better believe Kenosha’s got you covered. The mountain bike trails at Silver Lake County Park are fantastic and draw bikers from all over the region. And if you want to try something a little more unique, Kenosha is home to Wisconsin’s only, and the country’s oldest, Velodrome. Here, Mariah tries track cycling and watches racers young and old compete in a variety of races in front of tons of spectators. Meanwhile Eric heads out onto Lake Michigan to do some salmon fishing with the Kenosha Charter Boat Association. He then heads to the Boathouse Pub for a “Shore Lunch,” where the chefs turn your catch into a fantastic fish feast!
We continue to get to know Kenosha’s food scene at the iconic Mars Cheese Castle, where Mariah learns how to make the perfect grilled cheese. Another Kenosha staple is the House of Gerhard. This family-run restaurant is a traditional German eatery meets classic Wisconsin Supper Club. They specialize in German specialties and mile high ice cream drinks. And for dessert, Eric heads to Elsie Mae’s Bakery and Cannery where he makes a delicious cherry pie. We also check out Taste of Wisconsin, where you can try a little bit of everything that Kenosha has to offer!
One of the best things about Kenosha, is there are so many unique and one-of-a-kind experiences to take advantage of. At the Jelly Belly Visitors Center in Pleasant Prairie, visitors can tour the Jelly Belly warehouse and learn about this classic candy. Eric also runs the bases in a giant bubble ball at a Kenosha Kingfish game, and Mariah meets William Shakespeare at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. It’s stuff like this that shouldn’t be missed! All here in Kenosha, where you can experience “Life on the Lakeside!”
Sure, Wisconsin is known for its cheese, brats and beer, but there’s another crop growing in the central part of our state that puts Wisconsin on the worldwide stage: ginseng. This little root packs quite a powerful punch when it comes to health benefits, and consumers around the world, particularly throughout Asia, are crazy for Wisconsin-grown ginseng!
Marathon County exports 95% of U.S. ginseng, and it has become such a significant part of the economy in central Wisconsin that Wausau hosts the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival every year. Visitors from all over the world flock to downtown Wausau to celebrate ginseng and its many uses. Hosts Mariah Haberman and Eric Paulsen dive into the festivities, learning about the culture, history and traditions associated with ginseng, as well as indulging in dozens of ginseng-infused treats. Learn about one of Wisconsin’s most important agricultural products – and all the fun that comes with it! – at the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival!
In the middle of the Driftless Area in central Wisconsin lies the city of Reedsburg, a city whose natural beauty offers some pretty breathtaking views and plenty of outdoor adventure! Hosts Mariah Haberman and Eric Paulsen take in all this growing community has to offer, starting with The Baraboo River. As the longest, free-flowing river in the country, the Baraboo River is spectacular for canoeing and kayaking, as Eric learns when he tackles the Lazy Beaver Canoe & Kayak race before taking to the skies in a helicopter at the Reedsburg Rotary Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast. Meanwhile, Mariah heads downtown for Reedsburg Uncorked, a springtime wine walk where visitors can sip and sample their way through Reedsburg’s numerous shops. Next, Mariah heads to Butterfest, Reedsburg’s iconic summer festival, and plays a round of Bossy Bingo, which puts an…unusual twist on the classic game! Eric wraps up his trip with a visit to the Pioneer Log Village, where he learns about the daily life of Reedsburg’s original settlers (dressed in traditional, pioneer garb, of course!), before diving in to the area’s agricultural heritage with a look inside the studio of a local barn quilt artist. From outdoor recreation to some good, old fashioned country traditions, it’s easy to see why Reedsburg is a hub of fun for everyone!
In this episode of Discover Wisconsin, hosts Mariah Haberman and Marie Justice learn about the importance of agriculture in the Platteville area. Not only do they take a look at how fresh farm ingredients are used and grown here, but they also explore how visitors can learn about and experience life on a farm.
Getting to meet the farmers that grow the food that you and your family eat is a pretty special thing, and there’s no better place to do it than the Platteville Farmers’ Market, where everything is homemade or homegrown. Visitors to the area can also get a behind the scenes look at how a farm work at Platteville’s Day on the Farm event, held every summer. And in the fall, Marie stops by Kieler Farms to help out during their busiest time of year, the corn silage harvest.
Meanwhile, Mariah samples some of the products that are grown, harvested and produced in the Platteville area. Just west of Platteville, the historic Potosi Brewing Company brews beer made with Wisconsin-grown ingredients. And if you’re on a road trip in Southwest Wisconsin, you’ve got to stop at Rural Route 1 Popcorn. With popcorn grown just down the road, they make every flavor you can think of. She also visits two beautiful wineries, tucked away in the hills of the Driftless Area: Spurgeon Vineyards and Winery and Sinnipee Valley Vineyard and Winery.
Platteville is also a hub for agriculture education and innovation at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. Here, Marie visits Pioneer Farm and learns how students and the public can take advantage of UW-Platteville’s many agriculture programs and learning opportunities.
Back in town, Mariah goes for a bike ride and takes in the beauty of Katie’s Garden, where she lends a green thumb planting flowers. The beautiful land around Platteville is also a haven for fishermen, who enjoy the peace and quiet of the nearby rivers and streams. To conclude their trip, Mariah and Marie come together at the Fall Harvest Table Dinner at Digman Farms to enjoy a delicious farm-to-table meal. There’s no doubt that Platteville’s farming roots run deep – and whether you’re looking to do some learning, tasting, or exploring, it’s all here ripe for the picking!