Strawberry wine. Strawberry ice cream. Chocolate covered strawberries. Strawberry crepes. So, what do these scrumptious treats have in common? Well, for one thing, they can all be enjoyed at the delightful Strawberry Festival located in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
Cedarburg is an enchanting village situated just 20 minutes from the city of Milwaukee and is highlighted by Victorian architecture, historic structures from the 1800s, lovely shops and cafes and a meandering creek. And Cedarburg is a proud member of the National Registry of Historical Places.
Every year, Cedarburg, Wisconsin celebrates their Strawberry Festival during the fourth weekend of June. This year the event takes place on Saturday June 27th and Sunday June 28th. Over 100,000 are expected to visit this free fest to indulge in everything strawberry, including the “strawberry brat.” Yes, I said brat. After all, this is Wisconsin we’re talking about!
Visitors can also partake in a Sunday morning Strawberry pancake breakfast and purchase strawberries by the quart as well as other berry delicacies from the many vendors that will line the main channel of Washington Street. Visit the local winery to sample their palatable strawberry blush wine. And taste test other fruity concoctions at the strawberry cooking demonstrations. Have a berry good time participating in a strawberry shortcake eating contest, strawberry bubble gum blowing competition and the ever famous Berry Bob.
Cedarburg’s picturesque landscape makes it an ideal backdrop for local artisans and tourists alike. Strawberry Fest will feature Arts on the Avenue with representation from nearby art centers and host auctions, exhibits and sales. Visitors are encouraged to compete in the “Quick Paint” contest on Saturday morning. And Strawberry Fest in Cedarburg boasts an array of lively entertainment. Options range in genres from top forty and rock and roll to bluegrass and jazz. And this year the National Guard Army Bands will be proudly performing their majestic masterpieces.
At the neighboring Cedar Creek Park, kids can enjoy hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, a magician, clowns and the very popular Cedar Quacker 500; a race of colorful rubber duckies that happily travel down the babbling waterway. And to burn off those chocolate covered strawberries in advance, sign up for the 5K walk/run on Saturday morning and take in some of the town’s pleasant scenery as you dash down Cedarburg’s charming streets.
If you plan to spend the night in Cedarburg, Wisconsin you will find two exquisite inns located right smack dab in the middle of town. The Stage Coach Inn does not allow children, but the Washington House Inn does. There are additional lodging options in nearby Port Washington, but make your reservations well in advance because rooms do fill up quickly for this event. On the other hand, you can almost always find vacancy in one of downtown Milwaukee’s many hotels. And there are also some camping options in close proximity to town. For more information about the Strawberry Festival in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, log onto www.cedarburgfestivals.org.