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What your favorite Wisconsin State Fair food says about you

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

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.
 

 

 
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!
 

 

 
Offbeat Date Ideas

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Monday, February 08, 2016

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

Laser tag at Bounce Milwaukee

You aren’t the white tablecloth and candlesticks type. You’ve sent (or received) enough red roses to do your own American Beauty impression. You’ve eaten enough chocolates that you’re starting to feel like Augustus Gloop. Whatever the reason, you just aren’t feeling the tried-and-true options to say “I love you” anymore (if you ever were in the first place) – and that’s fine! Why not try one of these offbeat Milwaukee date ideas instead?

  • Relive your childhood with laser tag, inflatables, vintage arcade games (all on free play!), a rock climbing wall and more at Bounce Milwaukee. Best of all, Bounce becomes a 21+ adults-only playground on Friday and Saturday nights (and yes, they have a bar).
  • Romantic dinner? It’s been done. Progressive dinner? New and exciting! Instead of picking one spot for your date night, pick three. Start off with drinks and apps, head to a second location for your main course and finish off the night with dessert. This way you can assemble the ultimate dining experience. (Not sure where to start? Click here for some dining ideas and inspiration!)
  • This museum scavenger hunt was originally intended for families, but why not see if you and your partner can tackle it all? Milwaukee’s museums are fun for all ages, so get out there and start exploring.
  • No longer consigned to the basement, play some ping pong at Evolution Milwaukee. Unlike that underground rec room, this high-energy spot has a full bar, food and there’s no need to chase after rogue balls – a staff member will scoop them up and refill your bucket when necessary. Ping pong upgraded.
  • A date at a brewery doesn’t really seem “offbeat” to most Milwaukee residents, so take it from the locals – a brewery or distillery tour is way more fun than just grabbing a drink, and you might even learn something too.
Forget the diamonds and have a fun, creative date night in Milwaukee. (Looking for some more traditional romantic ideas? We’ve got those too!)

 

 
Milwaukee Holiday Round-up

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

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!

 

 
11 Things You Must Do at the Wisconsin State Fair

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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.

 

 
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Milwaukee

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Friday, June 12, 2015

By Lauren Morton
Communications Intern
VISIT Milwaukee

In search of exciting plans for the Fourth of July weekend? Look no more! From brilliant, crackling fireworks displays to family-friendly activities in the city and everything in between, Milwaukee provides countless opportunities to celebrate Independence Day.

Downtown fireworks at Milwaukee's lakefront.

The Fourth of July falls on a weekend this year, giving you ample time to celebrate in the Greater Milwaukee area! Start your red, white and blue weekend at the Fireworks Kite Festival on Friday, July 3. Held in Veterans Park, this lively festival invites kite fliers of all ages to come fly beautiful kites and enjoy performances by the Giant Kites of Yves LaForest from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., then again at 7:30 p.m., until the downtown fireworks begin.

The traditional Downtown Milwaukee Fireworks at the lakefront are a special treat for Milwaukeeans! Don’t miss out on theincredible and vibrant hour-long fireworks display in Veterans Park, starting around 9:25 p.m. 

For those interested in sailing and a spectacular view of Milwaukee’s lakefront, check out the US Bank Lakefront Fireworks Sail on July 3. Presented by Discovery World, guests enjoy a leisurely sail on the S/V Denis Sullivan from 7:00-9:00 p.m. All boats return to the dock in time to watch the downtown fireworks from aboard the ship—ice cream included!

Looking for family-friendly events for the day of the Fourth? The City of Wauwatosa truly knows how to celebrate Independence Day. Wauwatosa’s Fourth of July Celebrations include an entertaining parade, family activities, a concert in Hart Park and fireworks.

Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, is a great go-to for those looking to cut loose during the Fourth of July weekend. Enjoy live bands, local delicacies and shopping at the Henry Maier Festival Park along the lakefront (plus a great view of the fireworks on the third!).

For a unique and educational experience, celebrate Independence Day weekend with your family at Old World Wisconsin. This weekend of historic fun will include making ice cream, pie-eating contests, tug-of-war and a lively parade through the crossroads village.

Wrap up your patriotic weekend with Brunch in the Beer Hall on Sunday at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. Lakefront lox and other local dishes are served, and the Beer Hall offers excellent Bloody Marys with beer chasers. After your brunch, make sure to take one of Lakefront's famously hilarious brewery tours.

Looking for more to do in town? In addition to local parades and festivals, many area attractions are open on July 4, including the Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee Art Museum, Summerfest, Old World Wisconsin, the Mitchell Park Domes, the Harley-Davidson Museum and Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums. Or, take tour with Milwaukee Food & City Tours, get out on the river with a kayak rental from Milwaukee Kayak Company or rent a Segway, surrey bike or tandem bike to explore along Milwaukee’s lakefront.

 

 
Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

Entry to Inspiring Beauty exhibit at Milwaukee Art Museum

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair at the Milwaukee Art Museum certainly lives up to its name. The “beauty” part is to be expected; how could it not be beautiful, with ensembles created by Givenchy, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler, Yves Saint-Laurent, Bob Mackie and more? This fashion obsessive was swooning to be in the same room with these stunning pieces.

Most people never get a chance to see haute couture in person, much less from this close up, so I would heartily recommend that anyone who loves clothes check out the exhibit for that opportunity alone. The exhibit is carefully set up to allow you to view almost every ensemble from a variety of angles, and you better believe I was craning my neck to take in every last detail. Thanks to the Mount Mary University collection, visitors in Milwaukee will get the chance to see thirteen additional garments from the University’s signature Ebony Fashion Fair collection, an awesome opportunity that makes seeing the exhibit here, at the Milwaukee Art Museum, even more special.

But more importantly, the exhibit really shines when it comes to the first part of its name: “inspiring.” Upon entering the show, you’re greeted with an over-sized photograph of Eunice W. Johnson, the creator of Ebony Fashion Fair. Over its 50 year history, the Fair raised $55 million dollars for charity and featured all African American models. But when the show began in 1958, the European designers were reticent to sell their clothes to a black woman. There was a belief that bright colors didn’t suit dark skin, and touring through the south meant that models who wore the finest of haute couture were not able to eat in a restaurant.

The aspirational side of the Fair, highlighted in the exhibit’s themes of vision, innovation and power, can’t be underestimated. This event was about a change of beauty standards and empowering African American women. Eunice Johnson’s vision is the very definition of inspiring; as Camille Morgan, the guest curator of the exhibit, said, Eunice was “a fashion civil rights activist.” There’s more than one way to inspire people, and more than one field in which to make a difference.

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair is on display February 5 – May 3, 2015. Learn more about the exhibit here.

 

 
Milwaukee, the King of Cocktails: Part Two

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Monday, September 22, 2014

By Kyle Cherek
Host of Wisconsin Foodie

With such a distinctive place in cocktail history, it is no wonder that Milwaukee has been able to hold its own within a movement that had continued to ascend.  The “craft” aspect of cocktail making has claimed its place on cocktail lists and the palettes of American imbibers, and our city has been a part of it every step of the way. 

Great Lakes Distillery, Wisconsin's first since Prohibition, was founded in 2004 and has lead the charge with a cadre of award-winning spirits. Not the least of these are a gin (listed as one of America's Best in the New York Times) and a blended whiskey (winner of the gold medal at the 2013 World Whiskey Awards).

Bittercube—hand-made bitters made by a duo of Milwaukee bartenders—have gained national attention, and enjoy distribution to better cocktail bars around the country and space on the shelves of Whole Foods. Bittercube and a spate of new distilleries are located within blocks of Bryant's and Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee’s South Side. 

To wit, it only seems proper—with Milwaukee's cocktail history and current momentum—that the city host Milwaukee Cocktail Week, running September 21-27, 2014. Now in its second year, this ode to cocktails was founded by local food writers and the publishers of Milwaukee-based Alcoholmanac Magazine. It promises “distiller meet & greets, tastings, hands-on classes and all sorts of other events revolving around the art of the cocktail!” As the host of Wisconsin Foodie, I am excited about the fantastic cocktail dinners planned through the week, pairing Milwaukee's exceptional chef talent with menu-crafted cocktails.

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, I hosted the 2nd Annual Milwaukee Cocktail Week Tailgate Kick-off event, and on Wednesday, September 24th, I will host a special cocktail dinner at Bavette La Boucherie. Astute in the heritage and craft of traditional butchery styles is Karen Bell, chef/owner of Bavette. Her talents are the perfect complement to cocktails that will undoubtedly represent America's great craft tradition. 

On September 27th, “Cocktail College” will be hosted at the Iron Horse Hotel. There you can sample the distilled spirits that helped make Milwaukee Cocktail Week possible as well as meet distillery representatives and ply them with questions about their craft. Seminars throughout the evening will serve as a well-vetted source of information on Milwaukee's place within national imbibing culture and history. Diplomas that night, however, will be self-bestowed. 

Cheers.

 

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