Our bed-and-breakfast visitors have a taste for culinary tourism, which is why we decided to participate in the first ever Wine Dine Wisconsin tasting event, set for October 10-11 at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee. There will be vintners, microbreweries and artisanal food producers there. And we’ll have a booth too (with giveaways, of course, since that’s all part of our hospitality credo). Our very own Pat Fischbeck, owner of the Speckled Hen Inn and the winner of our 2008 recipe contest, will take to the Chef’s Stage on Saturday morning to prepare her Wisconsin Breakfast Panini for the crowd. There’s a price break if you order your tickets in advance. For out-of-towners, Milwaukee-area B&Bs are listed here. Two other culinary fests we recommend:
- Wisconsin Dells on Tap, part of Autumn Harvest Fest in Wisconsin Dells, will take place October 17. More than 25 Wisconsin microbreweries participate in this tasting event, and there are food pairings from Carr Valley Cheese and the National Mustard Museum too. To order advance tickets, click here.
- The first Wisconsin Original Cheese Festival set for November 6 and 7 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. There will be bus tours to cheese factories, seminars on the art of cave-aged and pasture-grazed cheeses, and a gala reception featuring 100 different Wisconsin cheeses. Tickets for the cheese-a-thon are available by clicking here.