Don’t miss these flavorful festivals and celebrations
Looking for an unforgettable getaway? Pick one of these unusual upcoming annual events and get a taste of Wisconsin fun. Savor ribs made by someone named Pigfoot. See a giant pot roast paraded down Main Street. Meet the Mustard Queen. Be on hand for the tapping of the “Golden Keg.” If you haven’t run away yet, these one-of-a-kind food-related events might just be for you.
The Pig in the Pines Ribfest takes place August 4-6 in St. Germain in Vilas County. The three-day event combines great barbeque and live music in a beautiful Northwoods setting. Over the years, it has grown to become one of the most popular annual events in northern Wisconsin.
The chefs at Pig in the Pines Ribfest are serious about their ribs. The award-winning vendors sport boastful names, such as Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ, Pigfoot and the Carolina Rib King. You’ll also find other festival favorites, such as deep-fried cheese curds, corn-on-the-cob and funnel cakes. This is definitely not a place for vegetarians or folks looking for health food.
Musical entertainment for the 2011 event includes Country, R&B, and Rock, including Da Yoopers and the former Monkees lead singer, Mickey Dolenz.
On August 6, the good folks of Middleton spend the day celebrating a yellow condiment. National Mustard Day is a chance for mustard-lovers and the curious to gather for a day filled with food, live music and, of course, mustard.
National Mustard Day takes place at the National Mustard Museum in downtown Middleton. Activities vary from year to year, but last year’s celebration included free hot dogs, a magic show, games, fresh-grilled brats and appearances by the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile and one of the famous Miller Park Racing Sausages. You don’t even have to like mustard to enjoy this light-hearted and zany event.
If you happened to drive into Minocqua in Oneida County on the last Saturday in September, you might be a little shocked. You would be greeted by the sight of people dressed up as cows. Some of these cows would probably be pulling around beef roasts in little wagons or on decorated carts. You might think you’re in the Twilight Zone, but you’ve actually just stumbled onto Beef-a-Rama.
On September 24, Minocqua celebrates the most beloved of American meats. Beef-a-Rama features a day full of activities, including cook-offs, live music, a Parade of Beef and the Rump Roast Run. The day’s festivities end with beef sandwiches at 3pm at Torpy Park. This is another event that vegetarians will probably want to skip.
On October 1, Black River Falls celebrates its German heritage with the annual Oktoberfest. This quintessential Wisconsin event offers two things that everyone can rally around: food and beer. Festival attendees will be able to taste German favorites and quaff Sand Creek Brewery’s outstanding brews. It’s the perfect flavor combination for a crisp fall day.
But Oktoberfest offers much more than great food and beer. There will be a car and motorcycle show, children’s games, face painting, the election of the Oktoberfest King & Queen, a pumpkin decorating contest, the ceremonial tapping of the “Golden Keg” and tours of the Sand Creek Brewery.