It's getting to be time to hit the road in search of the best food Wisconsin has to offer - out in the streets and parks, under tents, in church basements and at county fairgrounds. Summer festivals celebrate the history of state ethnic groups and the products of local farms. Along with the dunk tank there are pies and cream puffs. After the softball game there is beer and brats. And cheese? Cheese is everywhere at all times.
We recommend confirming event details before making any long drives.
May 13-15, Muscoda
Morels can be hard to find, but instead of spending hours poking under dead leaves for the elusive morsels, head straight to this annual fest. Available fried, or buy a bunch to cook at home. 608-739-3182.
June 17-19, Henry W. Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee. Noon-midnight Fri. & Sat, noon-10 pm Sun.
It's hard to beat the filled dumplings known as pierogies, and Milwaukee is a stronghold of great pierogies. Or try bigos (hunter's stew), zupa grzybowa (mushroom soup), and czarnina (duck blood soup). 414-529-2140.
June 25-26, Sat. 10 am-6 pm, Sun. 10 am-5 pm, Cedarburg
Berries are available by the quart or atop shortcake, in pie, filling crepes, dotting ice cream or as the basis of wine - or a slushie, your pick. 888-894-4001.
July 28-31, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee
This is one of the biggies, with brats, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, pastries, tortes, and strudels. Not just any sauerkraut, either: German Fest sauerkraut comes from a secret recipe. 414-464-9444.
Cranberry Festival Apple Festival - Compiled by Linda Falkenstein, Megan Larson and Bob Koch
7 am daily, September 23-25, Warrens
Behold the humble cranberry elevated to something more than just sauce that retains the shape of its can: cranberry cream puffs, cranberry pies, cranberry jam, cranberry fritters, Swedish pancakes with cranberry syrup and cranberries jubilee. 608-378-4200.
September 24-25, Gays Mills
Celebrate the apple with plenty of fresh apples, apple pie and a pancake breakfast. 608-735-4341.
- Compiled by Linda Falkenstein, Megan Larson and Bob Koch