Wisconsin State Fair and other important dates

The Wisconsin State Fair starts its annual 10 day run on August 4th.  Cream puffs, cheese curds, ice cream, brats, corn on the cobb and lots of food on a stick are all here.  Judging of cattle, horses, pigs and feathered friends can be enjoyed each day.

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Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs

The Wisconsin State Fair certainly has a reputation for unique and unusual foods, which is why they created an Annual Food Competition, The Sporkies. Each year eight finalists are selected from several dozen entries, and a panel of celebrity judges chooses the recipients of three Golden Spork Awards

The first Friday in August, this year it is the 5th, is International Beer Day.  In Wisconsin it is not yet a state holiday but is celebrated with gusto reflecting our German heritage and long brewing history.  Wisconsin’s largest brewers are Miller in Milwaukee, Minhas in Monroe, New Glarus Brewing and Stevens Point Brewing.  However the craft beer industry is growing and Wisconsin is now home to 70 members of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild.

August 6th is National Mustard Day and will be celebrated in downtown Middleton, Wisconsin at the National Mustard Museum.

August 10th is National S’mores Day celebrating that wonderful creation enjoyed around campfires all across Wisconsin.

Oshkosh, Wisconsin has just completed the annual Experimental Aircraft Association show that draws hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of airplanes.  Aircraft enthusiasts love the opportunity to experience the aviation marvels.  The EAA grounds also are the location of an aircraft museum.

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Sheboygan and Taylor counties in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin State Fair.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county.

Sheboygan County

Map of Wisconsin highlighting Sheboygan County by David Benbennick

Sheboygan is the county seat of this 514 square mile county.  115,500 people live here.  Other cities and villages include:

  • Plymouth – bills itself as Wisconsin’s “Mural Capital” with 21 murals decorating the downtown.
  • Sheboygan Falls – features a compact restored historic district dating to the 1840’s with over 40 restored buildings.
  • Cascade – powers it wastewater treatment facility with two 100-kilowatt wind turbines.
  • Cedar Grove – each year celebrates its Dutch heritage with Holland Fest on the last weekend in July.
  • Elkhart Lake – is a resort community on this lake shore loaded with vacation destinations and fun.
  • Glenbeula – is a small town that is home to the Wade House and is the northern gateway to the Kettle Moraine State Forest
  • Howards Grove – is an agriculture based city with the main campus of Lakeland University a few miles west of town.
  • Kohler – is a planned village created by the Kohler Corporation to house workers.  Today it has grown to support much more.
  • Oostburg – village celebrates their Dutch heritage with Heritage Days Festival.
  • Random Lake – village is located on 212 acre Random Lake
  • Waldo – Where is Waldo?  Why he is right here in Sheboygan County.

The county borders Lake Michigan and is named after the Sheboygan River which provides a nice harbor.  The city has developed an improved waterfront commercial area near the mouth of the river.  The city of Kohler is home to the Kohler Corporation manufacturers of bathroom fixtures and electric generators.  The county also is home for Johnsonville Sausage Company makers of the Johnsonville Bratwurst.  The mixes of industrial manufacturing prowess with recreational opportunities make the county very livable.  The Whistling Straits Golf course hosted the 2004, 2010 and the 2015 PGA Championships, the 2007 US Open and will host the 2020 Ryder Cup.  Road America is a four mile long road racing course that bills itself as “America’s National Park of Speed.”  Road racing in Elkhart Lake was originally started on city streets and country roads from 1950 through 1952 when it was banned.  But the tradition lives on at Road America.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Sheboygan County

  • Old Wisconsin manufacturers of quality sausages and snack meat products for over 50 years
  • Richard Baumann author of the cookbook “Foods that Made Wisconsin Famous” with 150 great recipes.
  • The Wreath Factory produces approximately 10,000 holiday wreaths for the Christmas season.
  • Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates follows the old world recipes for their world class quality chocolates
    Jams, Jellies and More Assortment
  • Dagger Wear apparel with Green Bay Packer related themes and “There is your Dagger!” message.
  • Jams, Jellies and More crafts jams and jellies using local berries and fresh Wisconsin fruits.
  • Black River Press  offers beautiful Wisconsin photography book.  Photographer Lisa Lehmann specializes in Lake Michigan scenes.

Additional Edible Antics Sheboygan County Recommendations

  • 52 Stafford in Plymouth is a small National Registered Historic Inn with 19 rooms and Irish hospitality.
  • American Club in Kohler is Wisconsin’s only five star resort.  This historic lodging features Kohler bathroom fixtures.
  • Blue Harbor Resort on the Lake Michigan shore in Sheboygan is a family friendly resort and conference center.
  • Osthoff Resort and conference center is on Elkhart Lake with fine dining and a world class spa.
  • Victorian Village Resort is a restored vintage resort on the shores of crystal clear Elkhart Lake.  It is a gracious informal country estate.
  • Siebkens Resort on Elkhart Lake is celebrating its 100 year anniversary all summer long with special events.
  • Satori cheese in Plymouth is an award winning cheese maker that specializes in hard Italian cheeses.
  • Deer Creek Cheese are producers of award winning specialty cheeses.
  • Kohler Andrea State Park  is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore with sand dunes and miles of shore.
  • Road America near Elkhart Lake is road racings “America’s National Park of Speed” with 4 mile road course and go-kart racing too.
  • 3 Sheeps Brewing in Sheboygan is a small craft brewer with a new taproom open to the public.
  • The Wade House is a Wisconsin Historical Society site that originally was a stage coach stop.
  • Whistling Straits Golf hosted the 2004, 2010 and the 2015 PGA Championships, the 2007 US Open and will host the 2020 Ryder Cup.
  • John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan presents innovative explorations in the arts.
  • Bratwurst Days in early August celebrates bratwurst sausages in Sheboygan “The Bratwurst Capital of the World”
  • Camp Anokijig near Plymouth is a youth summer camp for ages 7 to 16 with a long history as an award winning camp.
  • 46 historic sights on the National Register of Historic Places.

Taylor County

Map of Wisconsin highlighting Taylor by David Benbennick

Medford is the county seat.  20,700 people occupy 975 square miles of this county.  Other cities and villages include:

  • Gilman has the home of the suspended cable Gillman Swinging Bridge, one of the last in the state.
  • Lubin
  • Rib Lake
  • Stetsonville

This Northwoods county is sparsely populated but has many lakes and is a vacationland favorite.  Visitors enjoy the Gerstberger Pine Nature Trail, the Chequamegon Water Flowage, Wisconsin Rustic Road Number One and the 7,900 acre Pershing State Wildlife Area.  Marathon Cheese Company maintains a plant in Medford for their cheese cutting and packaging operations.

Wisconsinmade Artisan Partners in Taylor County

Personalized cutting board

Cutting Boards of Wisconsin started engraving designs and offering custom engraved cutting boards. They use Corian® pieces, cut them into different sizes, sand them to create a signature smoothness, cut a juice trough around the perimeter of the boards and engrave them using a CNC Router. Custom engraved designs make perfect gifts for a wedding, anniversary.

Additional Edible Antics Taylor County Recommendations

  • Rib Lake Bakery is a full service commercial bakery with a hometown feel.
  • Pine Line Trail is a rustic not fully developed converted rail trail of 26 miles between Medford and Prentice.
  • Boarders Inn and Suites in Medford is not a traditional B&B but offers fine accommodations here in the Northwoods.

Join us next week as we continue our tour in Trempealeau and Vernon counties searching for people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

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