Let’s be real for a second. Why do people go to festivals? For the food, duh. So why not go to the Wisconsin festivals with the best culinary offerings? Head to these 11 Wisconsin fests for premium eats.
1. Wisconsin State Fair
This is the festival for food lovers. There are hundreds of food and beverage options, 30 FREE stages, and amusement rides. August 4-14, 2016.
2. Hamburger Days
Seymour invented the hamburger, so of course they celebrate that fact every year. If only you come for the giant hamburger, you need to check this out. Oh, and the KETCHUP SLIDE. August 12-August 13, 2016.
3. Cheese Days Festival
This is dubbed the oldest food fest in the Midwest. It is a 3-day celebration filled with cheese tasting, beer sampling, polka dancing, yodeling, accordion music, and a cow milking contest.
Sept. 16 - 18, 2016.
4. Warrens Cranberry Festival
Warrens Cranberry Festival is the largest cranberry festival in the world, turning small Warrens into a big city (population-wise) every year. Come celebrate the 44th annual from September 23-25, 2016.
5. Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival
You love beer, and you love good food. So why not enjoy both in Glendale? There are people from local breweries, as well as restaurants and cheesemakers. June 20, 2016.
6. World's Largest Brat Fest
Eat your weight in brats, any which way you want them. There is also loads of free music on 4 stages. Memorial Day Weekend May 27-30, 2016.
7. Strawberry Festival
It's the 31st annual Strawberry Festival. It's an awesome weekend in Cedarburg where strawberries and art are celebrated. Saturday, June 25 (10am-6pm) and Sunday, June 26, (10am-5pm).
8. Cows on the Concourse
This free, family-friendly event kicks off Dairy Month in June. Cream puffs and grilled cheese are just some of the dairy delights you will feast on. June 4, 2016.
9. Side Pork Fest
Get all the pork you will ever want. There's also a Hog Wild run and motorcycle rides.
June 11, 2016.
10. New Glarus Beer, Bacon and Cheese Festival
Can we just say right now that this festival name is the absolute best ever? There is craft beer and all sorts of specialty meats and cheeses. June 11, 2016.
11. German Fest
We know Oktoberfest isn't for a few months...but why not get things started off early? Enjoy all of your favorite German foods, German dance, kids' activities, and fireworks. July 29, 2016.