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Beer Garden Grub Worth Toasting

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By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee
Women toasting at The Bavarian Bierhaus
 
The classic German tradition of the beer garden is back in a big way in Milwaukee’s local parks! These community gathering spaces aren’t just a great place to raise a glass – though you’re welcome to bring your own food, it’ll be hard to resist the Bavarian classics and picnic favorites served up alongside steins of beer. So come take a seat at a shared table and enjoy good beer, good friends and good food – prosit!
 
Milwaukee’s newest destination for a German good time is a brewery, beer hall and two beer gardens, all in one! Choose a spot on the full-service Beer Garden patio attached to the Beer Hall to enjoy the complete menu of Bavarian favorites from jaegerschnitzel to bienenstich.
 
Set on the banks of the Milwaukee River, this beer garden features beers imported from the Munich Hofbräuhaus. The daily menu includes brats, hot dogs and giant pretzels, but for a special treat, come for Friday Fish Fry or Saturday Schnitzel (both while supplies last).
 
Located in nearby Wauwatosa next to the TOSA Pool, The Landing serves a changing selection of craft and import beer. In addition to beer garden classics, The Landing also offers “Cranky’s Pizza” from locally beloved doughnut/pizza place, Cranky Al’s. Enjoy a few slices along with your brew!
 
Enjoy a rotating selection of craft beers and even handmade maple root beer on tap at this relaxed beer garden. It also has an impressively broad food menu, serving up small bites like beer cheese nachos, salads, sandwiches, pizza and ice cream alongside the expected wursts. Plus a pig roast every Saturday!
 
Click here for a map of Milwaukee beer gardens - most will stay open into October as weather allows, so come enjoy!
 

 

 
What your favorite Wisconsin State Fair food says about you

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By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee
Wisconsin State Fair
 
The animals, the bands, the rides – everyone has their own favorite part of the Wisconsin State Fair, but there’s one thing we can all agree on: the food! The fair is famous for over-the-top treats served at more than 200 concession locations. You’ll find classic fare and new (and ever wilder) delights served up at the various food vendors, but did you know that you can tell a lot about someone from their preferred State Fair food? It’s true! 
 
Family eating cream puff at Wisconsin State Fair
Cream Puff: You’re young at heart, but you also appreciate the classics. Tradition means a lot to you, and you know that waiting for something just makes it better.
 
Baked Potato: You are responsible. You plan ahead and know the importance of looking before you leap. 
 
Fried food at Wisconsin State Fair
A deep-fried, bacon-wrapped something on a stick: You are a thrill-seeker. A renegade. You don’t believe in doing anything halfway.
 
Cheese Curds: You’re dependable. You know what you like and you never compromise on it. Friends and family admire your strong sense of self.
 
Line at Milk House at Wisconsin State Fair
Flavored Milk: You’re laidback. Why rush when you could just soak in the atmosphere? You probably actually read the program.
 
Do you recognize yourself or someone you know in these descriptions? Make sure to share this post with them!
 
You can find a comprehensive list all the “Fair Fare” here
 
The Wisconsin State Fair runs August 4-14, 2016.
 

 

 
Cultural Festivals in Milwaukee

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By Molly Nugent
Marketing & Communications Intern
VISIT Milwaukee
 
Milwaukee is a melting pot of different heritages and cultures, and we love to embrace and celebrate all of them here in our beloved “City of Festivals.” No matter where you’re from, you’ll have a blast exploring the city’s different ethnic backgrounds at many of our upcoming festivals. Clear your schedules for some amazing cultural festivals where there’s bound to be amazing food, live music from around the world and hey, you might learn something new!
 
Bronzeville Week
Culture, art and history merge together at Bronzeville Week, a weeklong celebration of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville District. In the early 1900s, Bronzeville was an economic and social hub where African-American culture, music, food and art were celebrated. The future of Bronzeville District looks bright, with redevelopment plans in full swing, to bring back the unique and fun atmosphere it once had. To celebrate Bronzeville’s past, present and future, join us August 6-13 on North Avenue and 7th Street. To kick things off on August 6, don’t miss the Bronzeville Cultural and Arts Festival, where you’ll find food vendors, booths of local organizations selling African-inspired clothing and jewelry, live music and much more. The rest of the week is chock-full of events to promote local businesses and residents like a neighborhood cleanup, a networking mixer, a bike ride, a softball game and many more exciting things to do. 
 
IndiaFest
Enjoy a free day of culture, food, music and more at IndiaFest at Humboldt Park on August 20. Here you can gaze at colorful, traditional Indian dress and dancing while you listen to music from classical to contemporary. At IndiaFest, you can’t forget the food! Treat yourself to many different kinds of traditional food from spices to curries. This is your chance to experience a “mini India,” right in the heart of Milwaukee, so make sure to check out this unique opportunity.
 
Mexican Fiesta
From August 26 through the 28, join in on three days full of fun food, Mariachi and Fiesta at the Mexican Fiesta on the lakefront. Learn about Mexican art and culture at the cultural pavilion, where more than 100 members will display an extraordinary array of pieces, along with workshops. Put on your dancing shoes at the salsa dancing contest, check out the hottest cars and motorcycles at the Hot Wheelz contest or for a more unorthodox contest, enter the sizzling hot jalapeno eating contest! After that excitement, learn more about who you are and where you came from at a genealogy exhibit. Everyone is invited to the Mexican Fiesta to embrace the beauty of Mexico’s rich history, art, music and food!
 
Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival
Check out one of the most exciting ways to experience Asian culture at the Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival at Veterans Park on July 30. Vibrant colored, traditional boats will fill the lagoon, as you and about 20 other people will work as a team to cross the finish line first. After the competition, there will be hands-on opportunities to make opera masks and lanterns, participate in a dragon parade or even learn how to speak and write Chinese. Along with that, enjoy this beautiful day on the water with many cultural performances and local Asian Cuisine.
 
Indian Summer Festival
On September 9 through the 11 make sure to check out the Indian Summer Festival at Henry Maier Festival Park. The mission of Indian Summer Inc. is to educate, preserve and promote American Indian cultures; showcase the diversity that exists within tribal cultures and provide economic opportunities and strengthen communication and understanding. The “Circle of Art” is a perfect way to soak up the rich history and culture of American Indian cultures. Feast your eyes on anything from sculptures to flutes to traditional artifacts, all of which are for sale for you to bring home. On Saturday, the Indian Summer Music Awards will be held, with many Native American musicians preforming beautiful and diverse music from hip hop to traditional Native American drums. The Indian Summer Festival is the perfect chance to have a great time, learn something new and immerse yourself in a new culture. 
 
Holiday Folk Fair International
Explore the world of music, food, dance and arts from all around the world at the Holiday Folk Fair International. From November 18 to the 20, more than 50 ethnic groups are represented from Egyptian to Danish. Come on an empty stomach, because this festival has a world café with so many options you may have a hard time choosing. Crepes from France? Schnitzel Sandwich from Germany? But what about a gyro from Greece? Try them all! After your stomach is full, head over to the International Bazaar to shop through hundreds of items made by skilled artisans from distant lands. Discover different cultures’ unique customs by directly interacting with them through exhibits at Heritage Lane. Get your cardio in at the Around the World 5K Run/Walk, which benefits the Salvation Army of Milwaukee County. 
 

 

 
Fourth of July 2016 in Milwaukee

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By Molly Nugent
Marketing & Communications Intern
VISIT Milwaukee

Fireworks over downtown Milwaukee.
 
With the Fourth of July approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how to ring in the nation’s favorite holiday in our favorite city! Start digging through your closet for all your red, white and blue, because Milwaukee has got a lot of exciting plans for you.
 
Downtown Fireworks & Fireworks Kite Festival: Why limit the celebration to just one day? Gift of Wings hosts a free Firework Kite Festival in Veterans Park on July 3rd that lasts all day long. Everyone is welcome to bring their own kites, or just come and enjoy as the sky is filled with beautiful colors. When the sun and kites both go down, it’s time for Milwaukee’s downtown fireworks show! Grab a seat with your friends and family to gaze in wonder as the sky is illuminated with colors to honor our nation’s independence.
 
4th of July Parade and Hometown Celebrations at Cedarburg: The morning of the fourth, make sure to head to Cedarburg to celebrate Independence Day with music, food and games. The award winning Carolina Crown, a drum and bugle corps will be kicking off the celebration by leading the parade down Washington Avenue. As the parade winds down, the excitement remains! Live music will be performed all day, along with entertainment for people of all ages. After a long day of food, music and fun don’t miss the patriotic concert by the Cedarburg Civic Band at 8 pm followed by a firework show.
 
Independence Day Celebration at Old World Wisconsin: For a unique and educational Fourth of July, Old World Wisconsin is hosting a 19th century celebration for the whole family. You can appreciate the holiday through history presentations and hands-on activities like ice cream making and the greased-pole contest. There will also be an old-fashioned parade marching throughout the village you can’t miss!
 
Wauwatosa Independence Day Celebration: Grab your friends and family and head on over to Hart Park in Tosa on the 4th for an exciting day of games, inflatables, live music and more. Kids will love playing on the playground along with a splash pad to beat the summer heat. Hart Park also has tennis courts, volleyball courts, baseball and football fields, along with a track, so there will be plenty for you to do here on the 4th! When the sun goes down, make sure to stick around to enjoy a firework show light up the sky.
 
City of Milwaukee Celebrations: For free, family fun check out all the patriotic festivities happening at parks throughout the city. This year’s theme is “Joining Hands for Peace.” There will be games and entertainment for all children and adults alike, including parades, picnics, talent contests, music and more! And, of course, fabulous fireworks to wrap up an amazing Independence Day!
 
Looking for more 4th of July fun? Find more events at Milwaukee365.com!
 

 

 
How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year! With the year properly underway, now’s the time to take stock: how well are you doing on your resolutions? It’s easy to make a vacation an excuse to indulge in things you wouldn’t at home (and we totally support that!), but you don’t have to forget about your resolutions while you’re traveling. Whatever pledge you made to yourself as 2016 dawned, we rounded up a few ways to help you stick to the most common options while in Milwaukee.
 
Get Active
There’s no reason to skip an outdoor adventure just because of a little chill in the air! Milwaukee was named one of USA Today’s top destinations for urban cross-country skiing, and our award-winning county parks are great for running, walking and biking all year round (I’d maybe leave the rollerblades at home until the ice melts, though.) Plus, Bublr Bikes, Milwaukee’s bike share system, is staying open all through the winter. With a network of more than 20 stations throughout downtown, why not hop on a bike next time you need to get from point A to point B? If outdoors in the winter really isn’t your style, burn some calories inside with a visit to CMP Tactical Lazer Tag, where a multistory cityscape arena takes you inside the heart-pounding action of your favorite video games, or family-friendly Bounce Milwaukee, home to laser tag, inflatable obstacle courses and a rock climbing wall – all open to both kids and adults!
 
Eat Healthier
Sure, Milwaukee may be known for some of our…more indulgent dining options, but there are plenty of great spots that won’t break your resolve. Located right downtown, Colour Palate lets you build your own custom salad or wrap, or pick from menu options like a classic Caesar, quinoa & corn or the Bombay chop. With four locations throughout the area, Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative is a great place for a healthy meal wherever you are. A full-service grocery store specializing in local, organic and natural foods, Outpost also has an in-store café with made-to-order juices and smoothies and an organic soup and salad bar. The Milwaukee Public Market is a must-visit spot; there’s a wealth of delicious vendors inside, but health nuts will make a beeline for the fresh juices, smoothies, salads and sandwiches at The Green Kitchen.
 
Learn Something New
You promised yourself you’d pick up some fresh knowledge in the new year – commendable! A brewery tour is classic Milwaukee fun that’s educational too; check out the high-speed production lines of an industry giant on the free tour at MillerCoors, or get a taste (literally) of craft brews at local microbreweries like Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee Brewing Company and Sprecher Brewing Company. For a more hands-on approach, why not try a cooking class? Head into the kitchen with Chef Michael Feker at his culinary studio, get some training at Braise Culinary School or stop by Superior Equipment & Supply for classes for all ages.
 
Travel More
Hey, this one is a no-brainer: come to Milwaukee! We’ve been named one of the hotspots to visit in 2016 in The Boston Globe, so what are you waiting for? Check out our itineraries for tons of vacation inspiration for foodies, families, beer connoisseurs, couples and more to jumpstart your planning. See you in 2016!
 

 

 
Milwaukee Holiday Round-up

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By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Old-School Bar Scene

‘Tis the season for holiday fun! If you’re in Milwaukee this December, there are so many options for making your spirits jolly, whether you’re in the mood for a classic holiday show, something new and a little snarky or getting outside to enjoy the winter air! We’ve rounded up 20 great ways to celebrate the holidays in Milwaukee this month – how many will you do?
 
  1. Take in the Holiday Lights Festival with a ride on the Jingle Bus or on a walking tour led by your very own holiday elf!  
  2. Taste the treats on a holiday food tour
  3. See a holiday show like the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s A Christmas Carol (celebrating its 40th anniversary this year!)
  4. Or Black Nativity
  5. Or The Nutcracker
  6. Or Second City’s Holidazed and Confused Revue
  7. Or A Wonderful Life: The Musical
  8. Or A Charlie Brown Christmas
  9. Or A Twisted Carol
  10. Or An L.M. Montgomery Christmas
  11. Or Christmas in the Basilica
  12. Or Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays
  13. Go ice skating in the heart of downtown at Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park
  14. Experience a Victorian Christmas at the Pabst Mansion, halls thoroughly decked for the season
  15. Go even further back to Wisconsin’s immigrant past for an Old World Christmas at Old World Wisconsin
  16. Dine with Charles Dickens at the Dickens Dinner at the Grain Exchange
  17. Visit the Kooky Cooky House, a Milwaukee holiday tradition reborn at Discovery World
  18. Enjoy a stunning light display in the Miller Valley at MillerCoors Holiday Lites
  19. Take a drive through Wisconsin’s largest outdoor drive-through display, Country Christmas
  20. Ring in the New Year with The Crystal Method at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Still craving holiday cheer? Find more events on Milwaukee365.com!

 

 
Weekend Getaways: Milwaukee for Families

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Expedia teamed up with VISIT Milwaukee for its second post in a three-part series focused on weekend trips to Miltown.

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: VISIT Milwaukee

We recently joined forces with VISIT Milwaukee to highlight some of the beer spots in town, but we didn’t want to leave your little ones out of the Cheese State fun. Because there are so many attractions in town that are suitable for your under-21 crew, Expedia.com has created an itinerary filled with family-friendly hangouts, eateries and hotels. For your next weekend getaway in Milwaukee, round up your gang and add these attractions to your schedule:

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: Expedia

Activity Time

Discovery World isn’t just for kiddos. The science and technology exhibits at this museum will fascinate both you and your youngsters. A place where you can expand your knowledge and imagination, Discovery World invites you to learn about everything from energy to sound. Explore Rockwell Automation’s Music Factory, and get your hands on the “Wind Leaves,” an outdoor musical structure of rotating aluminum columns and giant xylophone benches.  

Next, burn off some of that built-up vacation energy at the ice rink. Pettit National Ice Center, which is an Olympic training facility, offers public skate sessions, where the whole family can put on mittens and carve up the ice. Show off your figure 8’s or let your kids school you in a speed race. Rain or shine, pencil this indoor activity into your travel itinerary.

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers

Grub Time

If you’re dealing with some picky palates, you can’t go wrong with pizza. Head to Palermo’s Pizzeria 3301, where the simple pepperoni and four cheese pies will have your munchkins asking for seconds. Looking for a little more grown-up oomph for the adults? Order the prosciutto and arugula or go with the Calabrese, which includes Calabrian chili paste, hot soppressata salami and green olives. What’s more, Palermo’s hosts factory tours, giving families a sneak peek into the wonderful world of frozen pizza manufacturing.

For some much-deserved vacation sweetness, treat the fam at Leon’s Frozen Custard. This family-owned business has been serving up the cold stuff since 1942. Go the traditional route with some chocolate and vanilla frozen custard, or kick it up a notch with a butterscotch malt or root beer shake.

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: Visit Milwaukee

Sleepy Time

There are a number of family-friendly Milwaukee hotels in town, but if your kids are notorious for bouncing off the walls, consider staying at the Milwaukee Marriott Downtown. This accommodation features an indoor pool, where you kids can make a splash while you put your feet up and lounge. There’s also an on-site restaurant, Millioke - Meat. Cheese. Beer., which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, so your clan won’t go hungry. To top it all off, the hotel is within walking distance of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Lake Michigan, and the Milwaukee Riverwalk.

Another family favorite is the Hilton Garden Inn. While the spacious hotel is located in the heart of all the action, it also offers a complimentary shuttle, which provides hassle-free transportation to the local attractions. What’s more, The Garden Grille & Bar features a menu that serves up kid-approved meals. With chicken tenders and peanut butter and jelly for the rugrats and grilled steak forestiere flatbread for the grown-ups, this hotel restaurant is a win-win.  

While traveling with children may slightly alter your adult vacation plans, thanks to Milwaukee’s countless attractions, you’ll hardly even notice. Venture to Milwaukee with your pack, and you just might end up feeling like a kid again.

Written by Chloe Mulliner

Looking for even more? VISIT Milwaukee has itineraries made for families of all ages.

 
11 Things You Must Do at the Wisconsin State Fair

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By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

11 Things You Must Do at the Wisconsin State Fair

Known by some as the “best 11 days of summer,” the Wisconsin State Fair is jam-packed with rural-meets-urban fun. There’s so much going on that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options, but don’t worry: in honor of the 11 days of the Fair, here are 11 things you must do to have the ultimate State Fair experience!

  1. Eat a cream puff. Last year, fair visitors consumed a record-breaking 400,678 of these famous puffs. You’ll have to line up to get one of these iconic treats, but trust me – they’re worth it!
  2. Watch the racing pigs. Far from the big, lazy pigs you’ll see napping in the livestock barns, these little guys are fast and furious, racing for their favorite prize: an oreo.
  3. Check out an agriculture judging. Of course, one of the premiere forms of entertainment at the fair is seeing all the livestock. Make sure to stop by the Case IH Coliseum at least once during your visit to find out who’s taking home the prize!
  4. Eat something on a stick. The only thing more classically State Fair than cream puffs is food on a stick! Get hungry by browsing all of the “fair fare” on their website, including a list of the new treats in store this year.
  5. Go down the Giant Slide. A green and yellow mountain rising up from the fairgrounds, taking a trip down the slide atop your burlap sack is a fun (and fast!) tradition.
  6. Listen to music. With major headliners taking the Main Stage at the Milwaukee Mile each night and great live music on the grounds throughout the day, the fair is a great place to hang out and jam.
  7. Sip flavored milk for 25 cents. Whether you’re thirsty for chocolate, strawberry, root beer, fruit hoops or birthday cake flavored milk, you can get a cup for just a quarter at the Milwaukee Bucks Milkhouse.
  8. Relax at the DNR Park. This wooded oasis is the perfect place to take a break from the bustle and find out more about the natural world of Wisconsin.
  9. Browse the Wisconsin Products Pavilion. An informative and often delicious stop, this is where you’ll learn all about what we produce right here in Wisconsin, from cheese to cranberries.
  10. Find out who won a blue ribbon. Award-winning art, pies, pickles, vegetables, home brews and more will all be on display, so take a stroll to appreciate the handiwork of talented Wisconsin residents.
  11. See baby animals at the Badgerland Financial Discovery Barn. Everyone loves a baby animal! In addition to those cuties, this barn also offers demonstrations and fun activities to help you learn about Wisconsin’s agriculture industry.

 

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