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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.


Summer Break in Milwaukee

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By Molly Nugent
Marketing & Communications Intern
VISIT Milwaukee

Celebrating at the Brady Street Festival
The summer months in Milwaukee are a time of adventure and fun for local Milwaukeeans and travelers alike. The Brew City caters to people of any age, but for young students in college, the city has much to study up on what to do if you're staying in Milwaukee for the summer!
Bradford Beach: After the stress of being in a library cramming for those finals, everyone knows the best form of recovery is relaxing on a beach. Lucky for us, a beautiful beach is located minutes from downtown! Bradford Beach is a place where some can lounge lazily under cabanas, and others can play volleyball, or just about any other sport they can think of! Challenge your friends to races on a single or a double kayak, standup paddleboards or pedal boats. For those who are really trying to make some waves on Lake Michigan, just down the street are Jet Ski rentals.
Festivals: Milwaukee is known as the “City of Festivals,” and that name isn’t just for show! We host a variety of festivals almost every weekend in our great city just waiting to be explored and enjoyed. College students are known to love three things: food, music and beer, and just about every festival offers a plentiful amount of all.
On the coast of Lake Michigan, you’ll find the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest. At this 11 day extravaganza, you can be jammin’ to reggae and minutes later be dancing with the latest pop band. Get a glimpse of all the stages from an aerial view with our favorite way of transportation, the SkyGlider. Check out the 2016 lineup here!
Milwaukee festivals are a great place to delve into different cultures through their food, music, and traditions. Enjoy Irish dancers at Irish Fest, Storm the Bastille at Bastille Days or dance along to a mariachi band at Mexican Fiesta and much more!
For those students on a budget, don’t worry! Every Thursday at East Town, Jazz in the Park is a perfect (and free!) way to get outside and enjoy some classic music performed by many acclaimed artists. Wine pairs very nicely with jazz music, so don’t forget to explore some of the vendors there!
Food: Milwaukee is proud to boast a very eclectic and upcoming dining scene, with amazing atmospheres that pairs with the food. From mom and pop pizza joints to James Beard recognized chefs, Milwaukee will satisfy any appetite, on any budget.
Milwaukee has many budget-friendly restaurants with great patios to take in the summer breezes and sun. In the Historic Third Ward is Café Benelux, which offers you the chance to enjoy their Belgian themed menu outside on their stunning rooftop dining area. Colectivo Coffee has many locations, including one on the lakefront with an abundance of outdoor seating where you can grab a coffee and hang out, or even get some homework done!
For a more unorthodox way to grab some grub, try hunting down one of many food trucks that romp around downtown. From falafel to pizza by the slice, and even bubble teas, these trucks will satisfy any cravings. Grab whatever you please and head to the lakefront to enjoy your great food with a great view. You just have to find them first!
To get the full Milwaukee experience, stopping at the Milwaukee Public Market is a must. Make sure to come on an empty stomach though, because you’ll want to try a little bit of everything. Try anything from artisan cheeses to margaritas and desserts of all sorts. Between the delectable food and the exhilarating atmosphere you will definitely leave happy and full! The Milwaukee Public Market has been ranked as one of the best public markets in the country and features 15 locally owned merchants who really showcase what good Milwaukee food is all about.
College students, tell us where else you love to hang out at during the summer! 


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.


Favorite Milwaukee Festivals: Staff Picks!

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By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

Festival goers in Milwaukee

Summer is in full swing in Milwaukee, and locals know what that means: festivals! Known as the “City of Festivals,” Milwaukee is host to a wide variety of celebrations throughout the summer. Looking for the world’s largest music festival? Got it. Awesome neighborhood street fairs? Sure thing. Cultural celebrations complete with food, music and dancing? Yup. Bike races? Free festivals? Two fests just for beer? Yes, yes and definitely yes! So many great festivals have already happened, but there are still so many more to come! If you’re looking for the inside scoop, who better to ask than the VISIT Milwaukee team? I asked a few of my coworkers to tell me about their favorite upcoming Milwaukee summer festival, and here’s what they said:

I like Bastille Days, since it’s different from the other ethnic festivals. You don’t feel boxed in, and it’s free!

Brady Street Festival is another one I like a lot. It’s good for people watching and getting that random/quirky Brady Street vibe. I always run into unexpected people I know too, which is fun (mostly).

Last one is State Fair. Can’t beat the crazy foods on a stick!

It’s tough to pick a favorite festival, since they all are so unique and fun. Last year I really enjoyed going to Milwaukee Brewfest. It was fun hanging out in the afternoon in the sunshine on the lakefront with a crowd of people that love beer. There were so many unique craft beers to sample, and afterwards it was an easy walk up the street to Brady Street Festival. We walked up and down the street sightseeing at all the vendor booths and listened to the bands playing in the evening on the stages.

Actually, that’s just an awesome day in the city whether you live in town or are visiting, because the Riverwest 24 is taking place that weekend too. So Saturday morning before hitting up Brewfest and Brady Street, you can check out all the bikers that have been biking all through the night in the Riverwest 24 race. There is a Colectivo Coffee on the bike route, and it’s a nice start to the morning grabbing a cup of coffee on their patio and watching the bikers race by and just thinking how crazy it is that they’ve been riding nonstop for all those hours.

Bastille Days!

Bastille Days is my favorite for many reasons, but I think the reason I love it more than the rest is because of the people there. It is by far the most diverse festival I can think in terms of attendees – old/young, families/couples, college kids/professionals, you name it they’re all there. Everyone seems to be so happy as well, everyone is there to enjoy the same things. Good music, good food, good drinks and great vendors.

Oh and the beignets!

Irish Fest speaks to my Irish soul! I’ve been involved in the theater tent at the festival for years, both acting in shows and organizing. I love the way Irish Fest with its numerous offerings, from music to culture to sports, retail and more, appeals to all ages and sends spirits soaring! Thousands of people singing “Wild Mountain Thyme” together on the last night? Thousands more dancing to Gaelic Storm? Hundreds of colorful Irish dancers? Who doesn’t love that?

Irish Fest is one of my favorite festivals, but I also love Bastille Days. As a local, I don’t think there’s anything more fun than a night run through the city with hundreds of your closest neighbors. To help bridge the gap after Summerfest, Bastille Days sets up shop near Cathedral Square for a weekend filled with amazing food and the city’s best 5K.

And as for myself? German Fest all the way! I love to get myself a big plate of Spanferkel, join in a rousing rendition of “Ein Prosit” and polka the night away. Plus the people-watching can't be beat (hooray for lederhosen!).

Which summer festivals are still on your list? Get the scoop on what's still to come with our festival itinerary.


Raise a glass to Gemuetlichkeit at German Fest

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist

This weekend is my favorite weekend of the whole summer – it’s time for Milwaukee’s Original Haus Party: German Fest!

German Fest has been a tradition in my family since the very beginning – my parents got engaged at the third German Fest in 1983, so I guess it’s my family’s very first tradition! They’ve gone every year since, except for the year I was born (my birthday falls on or around the festival dates) – not a bad track record! I grew up loving German Fest, and even though I’ve since experienced a variety of other local festivals, this is still the one that holds my heart.

First, let’s talk about the food. Every year, German Fest fans chow down on more than 20,000 Usinger’s Brats, 5,000 chickens, 10,000 pounds of sauerkraut and five tons of potatoes made into delicious potato pancakes. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to delicious traditional foods! My top pick is always and forever spanferkel. When you see whole pigs roasting in a tent just outside the stand, you know that’s the place you have to stop. I only ever get my spanferkel fix at German Fest, so it’s the treat I go back to year after year.

German Fest Group of Friends Eating

Oh right – there’s also bier! Grab a boot and enjoy the special German Fest Bavarian Weiss Beer or an assortment of Miller on draft. If you’re not a beer fan, there’s also Schlink Haus wines, specialty liqueurs from Niche Wine & Spirits and freshly brewed European-style Kaffee (coffee). Whatever you choose, make sure you have a glass in hand to wave for a rousing rendition of “Ein Prosit”!

If you’re a polka fan, this is your moment to get up and join the dancing crowd (watch your step – some of these people look like polka professionals, and they can really move!). There’s nothing quite like a polka or some yodeling while at German Fest (I myself happen to be a proud third prize winner in the German Fest yodeling contest), but you’ll also hear a fun mix of fan favorites and modern cover songs from German “party band” Chikeria. New this year is the Jams on Tap concert series  – your ticket to see Three Dog Night ($15), Bret Michaels ($20) or Plain White T’s ($15) headline the BMO Harris Pavilion Stage also includes admission to German Fest.

German Fest Dachsund

Music and food aren’t enough for you? Get ready to say “awww” at the Dachshund Derby und Wiener Dog Costume Contest. Adorable dachshunds racing on their stubby little legs? Too cute. For those interested in German culture, the options are, unsurprisingly, vast. The Glockenspiel is a live performance that brings a German cuckoo clock to life – you won’t want to miss this crowd favorite. The Mardi Gras Royalty are also a highlight; you can catch them in the German Fest Parade or the Mardi Gras Show (both on Saturday) or just enjoy the stunning costumes as they wander the grounds. Plus, enjoy shows of traditional clothing and handcrafts, a genealogy exhibit and more.

See you on the lakefront for German Fest, 7/25-27. Prost!


The Quiet Before the STORM!!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

By: Adam Von Rothfelder

Ready for your fastest 5k? Or maybe it’s your first 5k? No matter how experienced a runner you may be it's time to storm the Bastille with speed, stride and, of course, style! Join us as we follow a 5k training program set over the next three weeks to prepare to weather the STORM on July 10, 2014 at 9 p.m. in downtown Milwaukee.

The Storm may take to the scenic streets of Downtown Milwaukee's EAST TOWN area; however, our training plan will take you along the majestic Milwaukee River. Aided by mile markers, you can use our training map, which follows the River. Along the route, runners are often inspired by encouraging cheers from kayakers and boaters and the energy of downtown. Feel free to alter our provided course based on the mileage you plan to hit for the day, your stride, breathing and time splits. Waste no time – join us in stride, speed and safety as we all prepare for the GREATEST STORM YET!!

Wednesday: Walk 10 min, Jog 5 min., Walk 5 min. 30 sit-ups Repeat.
Thursday: Brisk walk, 30 min.
Friday: Walk 10 min., Jog 5 min., Walk 5 min. 25 pushups/25 jump squats Repeat.
Saturday: Walk, 10 min. Jog, 5-7 min. Walk, 5 min. Repeat
Sunday: Walk 30 min

Monday: Walk 10 min., Jog 7-8 min., Walk 5 min. Repeat.
Tuesday: Walk 12 min., Jog 5.5 min., Walk 4 min. 20 pushups/ 20 squat jumps Repeat.
Wednesday: Walk 12 min., Jog 6 min., Walk 4 min. 30 sit-ups Repeat.
Thursday: Brisk walk, 30 min.
Friday: Walk 12 min., Jog 7-8 min., Walk 4 min. 25 pushups/25 jump squats Repeat.
Saturday: Walk, 10 min., Run 1 min. walk 1 min. Run 2 min., Walk 5 min. Repeat
Sunday: Walk 10 min., Jog 10 min., Walk 5 min. 

Monday: Brisk walk 30 mins w/ 5 x 1 block sprints
Tuesday: Walk 12 min., Jog 10 min. 20 pushups/ 20 squat jumps Repeat.
Wednesday: Walk 12 min, Run 2 min. walk 1 min. Run 2.5 min, Walk 4 min. 30 sit-ups Repeat.
Thursday: We take to the STORM!! Do your best and have a great time!!


Adam is the owner and lead trainer at Drench Fitness Boutique in Downtown Milwaukee.

Celebrate Pride in Milwaukee

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Friday, June 6, 2014

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist

It’s time for one of Milwaukee’s most fabulous festivals – pull out your rainbow gear and head down to the lakefront this weekend for PrideFest (June 6-8)!

Celebrating LGBT culture and community since 1987, PrideFest has pulled out all the stops to bring some fantastic headliners to Milwaukee this year. Didn’t get tickets to see Cher on Friday? Don’t worry – Chad Michaels (the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars) has dedicated over 20 years to perfecting his tribute to Cher, as you’ll see on the Miller Lite Mainstage on Friday night, followed by BJ Daniel’s Drag Revue, an “extravaganza of drag”! Saturday night features great musical artists on the Mainstage, with Mary Lambert (who collaborated with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on “Same Love”), Big Freedia and Macy Gray. If comedy is more your style, come for the laughs on Sunday when Sandra Bernhard and Lisa Lampanelli headline.

During the day, you’ll find nearly 100 artists and performers on the 8 grounds stages, featuring local music, health & wellness information from LGBT non-profit organizations and programs, discussions on important topics in the LGBT community and, of course, the can’t-miss dance party at the Dance Pavilion.

You can also catch the Milwaukee Pride Parade at 2PM on Sunday, June 8. The parade will travel north on 2nd Street from Lapham Boulevard to Oregon Street.

Looking for more to do while you celebrate Pride in Milwaukee? Check out our PrideFest itinerary to find some of the city’s best LGBT hot spots.

Around the World at the Holiday Folk Fair International

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By Margaret Casey
Public Relations Coordinator
VISIT Milwaukee

Milwaukee celebrates its ethnic heritage all summer long at Henry Maier Festival Park and Cathedral Square, but did you know that the forerunner of these festivals is 70 years old this year? The grand-daddy of them all – the Holiday Folk Fair International – will “Celebrate the Culture of Community” this weekend (Fri-Sun, Nov 22-24) at the Wisconsin Exposition Center.

Organized each year by the International Institute of Wisconsin, the fair features more than 30 dance groups, from Pomeranians to Polynesians, Bulgarians to Bavarians and many in between, performing in colorful costumes on various stages.

Along with the spectacle of the adult and youth ethnic dance groups, you’ll want to check out the 20 food vendors serving up everything from falafel to egg rolls, crepes, strudel, cannoli, Tikka Masala, gyros and more. The Callen Construction Chef Demonstration Stage will also feature a program of local chefs preparing traditional cuisine.

The music of mariachis, polka bands, Czech orchestras and Mid-East ensembles are among the many offerings at the Music Pavilion and World Café, and you can shop for unique jewelry, arts and cultural artifacts at the International Bazaar.

The Holiday Folk Fair has even teamed up with the Salvation Army of Milwaukee County for an “Around the World 5K Run/Walk” on Sunday, November 24th at 9:00 a.m.

So head out to State Fair’s Expo Center this weekend and celebrate the cultural mosaic that is Milwaukee. For 70 years the Holiday Folk Fair International has brought people of different backgrounds together through music, food, dance and art.  And a generation of Milwaukeeans has grown up knowing that that always guarantees a good time!

Holiday Folk Fair International
Wisconsin Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park
8200 West Greenfield Avenue, West Allis

Friday, November 22, 2 pm - 10 pm
Saturday, November 23, 10 am - 10 pm
Sunday, November 24, 10 am - 7 pm

$10.00: in advance
$12.00: at the gate
Discounts: Seniors, Military, Children, Families


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