(CEDARBURG, WI) Spend a delightful, colorful, art-filled fall weekend in Historic Cedarburg during the 43rd Annual Wine & Harvest Festival, Saturday, September 19 from 10-6 & Sunday, September 20 from 10-5. Celebrate the abundance of Wisconsin’s homegrown produce and artisan food products, award-winning locally-produced wines of Cedar Creek Winery and the exquisite artwork of hundreds of local artists at this free, family-oriented event.
The many and varied Food Booths located in the Festival Food Court located at the Community Center featuring sweet buttered corn, BBQ, brats, burgers, fried cheese, noodles, gyros, grilled foods and other savory & sweet delights. Festival favorites include Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly’s original Harvest Apple Brat and Cranberry Turkey Wraps, available at the Official Festival Food Booth. The Farmer’s Market on Columbia Road will be brimming with seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, herbs and apples.
Locally produced foods such as honey, syrup, cheese, sausage and jellies, as well as items like unique handbags, hats and skin care products, are among the many items available in the three Festival Marketplaces on Mill Street, Turner Street and Cleveland Street.
Festival fans can kick back and listen to Live Music all over town, including Top Forty, Folk and Rock & Roll bands. The Gruber Law Office Main Stage at the food court features local seasoned musicians like Our House. The Cedar Creek Settlement will be offering up the popular tunes of the Rhythm Kings, Kevin Kennedy and Bobby Way and the Wayouts.
The Scarecrow Contest is a seasonal favorite with dozens of winsome and whimsical hand-made straw-stuffed characters on display throughout the historic district. For a quick shuttle around town, hop aboard a tractor-drawn hayride wagon.
Treasures are just waiting to be discovered at Arts on the Avenue, with more than 250 juried booths presented by the Cedarburg Garden Club, Cedarburg Cultural Center, the Ozaukee Art Center and the Cedarburg Art Museum along Washington Avenue. Drop in at both the Cedarburg Cultural Center for the Cedarburg Artists Guild’s annual juried Fall Show and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts special events and activities.
Festgoers won’t want to miss Wine & Harvest Festival’s Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off from 11am – 4pm on Saturday, September 19, sponsored by Port Washington State Bank. The weigh-off is open to all growers and gardeners, and will include many different fruits including but not limited to Giant Pumpkins (some topping the scales at as much as 1,000 pounds), Watermelons, Long Gourds, Tomatoes, Squash and Fields Pumpkins.
On Sunday, giant pumpkins take center stage again at the Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta. Previous regattas are YouTube favorites featuring gigantic, decorated, hollowed-out, floatable pumpkins, piloted by intrepid paddlers attempting to race across Cedar Creek to benefit the charity of their choice.
The festival’s Ashley’s Candyland for Kids offers a variety of activities and entertainment geared for children, including roaming street entertainment, Popcorn the Clown, bouncers, food and Paint a Pumpkin, sponsored by BMO Harrris Bank. There will be additional bouncers and a barrel train in Cedar Creek Park. Pumpkin Carver extraordinaire Steve Dahlke will be demonstrating his talents on the City Hall lawn.
At The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement, the Winery’s hilarious Grape Stomp is a daily crowd-pleaser with both a Kid’s Stomp and an Adult’s Stomp competition.
Cedarburg’s year-round merchants make the most of the festival by offering additional activities throughout the weekend. Among other activities, you can enjoy beer gardens behind the Cedarburg Art Museum and in the Festival Food Court, meet Cedarburg’s canine police officer Jake, and Packer legends at the Cedar Creek Settlement!