Edible Antics is on tour in Wisconsin posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Click here for the full list. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit. We’ll post some background information on each county followed by specific links to our WisconsinMade artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Ozaukee and Pepin counties looking for edibles and adventures.

Ozaukee County

Ozaukee County in Wisconsin by David Benbennick
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Ozaukee County by David Benbennick

There are 86,400 people living on 232 square miles with Port Washington as the county seat. This county includes a number of suburban communities just a bit north of the major metropolitan area around Milwaukee. Other cities and villages include:

  • Cedarburg
  • Belgium
  • Thiensville
  • Mequon
  • Grafton
  • Fredonia

Bikers and hikers enjoy the Ozaukee County Interurban Trail is a multimodal trail for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles. It runs through Grafton and connects to Sheboygan County and Brown Deer Trails via the old Milwaukee-Sheboygan Passenger Rail line.

There are 37 historic sites in the county including lighthouses, feed mills, old hotels, schools, churches, municipal buildings and even some shipwrecks off the coast on the bottom of Lake Michigan. There are a few remaining octagonal barns in the county that are remnants of early German heritage farming techniques.

Harrington Beach State Park is high on the bluffs along the shores of Lake Michigan and offers families camping and hiking with great views of the lake. The harbor in Port Washington is home to a number of Lake Michigan fishing charters offering great salmon fishing. The tall ship Dennis Sullivan visits the harbor June 22-26 and offers deck tours and sailing opportunities. From July 1 thru the 3rd the Great Lakes Sport Fishing Tournament will be host an event in Port Washington. $10,000 in prize money will attract the best teams to the county.

Farmers markets are a regular feature in many of the counties communities. They are in Cedarburg on Fridays, Port Washington on Saturdays and Saukville on Sundays offering fresh farm direct produce to visitors. And do not miss the 31st Annual Strawberry Festival June 25-26 in Cedarburg. Fresh strawberries, chocolate, wine…life is good.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Ozaukee County

  • Fireworks Popcorn selects Native American popcorn based on its unique, naturally occurring colors, flavors, and textures. Popcorn lovers everywhere enjoy the distinctive taste of these gourmet popcorns.
  • Amy’s Gourmet Apples won Best of Milwaukee Award by Milwaukee Magazine as well as the coveted Blue Ribbon “Seal of Excellence” from the Wisconsin State Fair. Featured on Al Roker’s “Roker on the Road” show on The Food Network. Proud to be part of the 2005 33rd Annual AmericanMusic Awards official celebrity gift bag. Awarded Best Caramel Apples by the Wall Street Journal.
  • Schumann Sculpture offers some of the world’s finest pewter ornaments, pins, and sculptures available. Each collectible item is hand crafted, and they make memorable gifts and keepsakes. His work can be found in permanent collections at museums, private homes and gardens, and corporations throughout the United States.
  • Cedar Valley Publishing publishes award winning books and received national acclaim with winning the Voted 2006 Best Educational Book of the Year Award by the AWA, a Silver Addy for illustrations from the American Advertising Awards and was selected by Orca Communications as one of the top new products for kids in their Fall/Spring Media’s Best Guide. Let’s Get Ready For First Grade is the winner of the 2007 Teacher’s Choice Award for the Family.

Additional Edible Antics Recommendations

  • Atlas BBQ in Grafton check out their house made sauces, desserts, and huge smokers.
  • Cream and Crepe in Cedarburg offers crepes that are a versatile food since they can be simple or elegant, economical or extravagant. These crepes can be served as appetizers, main dishes, or desserts. Varieties of crepes are endless depending upon the kind of filling or sauce used.
  • Harvey’s Central Grill in Mequon changes menus seasonally and features creative nightly specials. You’ll find an incredible array of small plates in addition to the salads and entrees. The screened-in patio and open-air fireplace patio are great places to enjoy Wisconsin’s delightful summer evenings.
  • The Port Hotel in Port Washington offers elegance and comfort in grand accommodations combined with breathtaking views of historic downtown Port Washington overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan.
  • The Washington House Inn was built in 1886; this Inn has been completely updated to provide an oasis of relaxation and pampered comfort as a romantic getaway.
  • Cedar Creek Winery is a family-run winery crafting an array of wines and is located in the historic Cedar Creek Settlement situated in downtown Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
  • The Chiseled Grape Winery in Cedarburg has a tasting room for their award winning wines.
  • Vine to Cellar Winery in Port Washington is a small family owned business that offers tastings of their wines and can get you started making your own wine.
  • Silver Creek Brewing Cedarburg is located in a historic grist mill in Cedarburg. Craft beers are available in an interesting setting.
  • Water Street Brewery in Grafton is one of four locations for this brewery. Popular beers in a convenient location just off Highway 43.

Pepin County

Pepin County of Wisconsin by David Benbennick
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Pepin County by David Benbennick

7,500 people live on 232 square miles with the city of Durand as the county seat. As you can see from the map this is a small county but it includes beautiful sections of the Chippewa River and the Mississippi River. Other cities and villages include:

  • Stockholm
  • Lima
  • Pepin
  • Waterville
  • Waubeek

The Chippewa River State Trail is a converted rail line along the Chippewa River that connects Durand with the Red River State Trail running to the Northeast from Durand. Since the river deltas are so prevalent in the area the county is blessed with many nature areas including:

  • Tiffany Wildlife Area – is 13,000 acres in Pepin and Buffalo counties that contains one of the state’s largest, continuous bottomland hardwood forests. It has a diversity and abundance of wildlife habitat.
  • Lower Chippewa River State Wildlife Area at about 4,000 acres features the largest concentration of remaining prairies and savannas in the state.
  • Nine Mile Island State Natural Area is a 900 acres island and is located within an extensive river ecosystem that includes the Chippewa River and Nine Mile Slough and features two high quality native plant communities – oak barrens and floodplain forest.
  • Maiden Rock Bluff State Natural Area protects one of Wisconsin’s most notable limestone cliff faces on a bluff high above the Mississippi River overlooking Lake Pepin. Extending for nearly a mile, the 400-foot high bluff is especially noteworthy for the presence of nesting peregrine falcons, a state-endangered species.
  • Lake Pepin Wildlife Area Roughly 60 acres on the north side of Highway 35 is extremely steep and, for all practical purposes, inaccessible.

These wilderness areas offer bird watching, hiking and in seasonal hunting and fishing. The county is attractive to visitors from the Minneapolis area and Wisconsin residents as well. Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, Vultures and wetland birds can be observed in the county.

Additional Edible Antics Recommendations

  • Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery is in rural Stockholm. All of their wines and ciders use juice from fruits that t are locally produced in Wisconsin. Their signature offerings are classic hard ciders crafted in the farmhouse tradition of southwestern England. They also craft a number of apple table wines.
  • Villa Bellezza Winery in Pepin features a classical Mediterranean style winery complex.
  • Eau Galle Cheese factory near Durand makes hard Italian cheese which is Eau Galle Cheese Factory’s niche.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Exhibit at the Pepin Historical Museum is the official starting point of the Wilder Historic Highway which links sites in the upper Midwest related to her life.
  • Harbor View Cafe in Pepin is regarded as one of the top 10 restaurants in Wisconsin. This critically acclaimed restaurant provides elegant, eclectic food in a congenial and casual atmosphere.

Be sure to celebrate June 22 National Chocolate Eclair Day at your favorite bakery. Enjoy these wonderful Wisconsin destinations and adventures this summer. Wisconsin hospitality awaits you.

Join us next week as we continue our tour in Pierce and Polk counties searching for people, places and edibles made with pride and passion in Wisconsin.

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