About the Festival

Ellsworth’s Cheese Curd Festival is held each year in June and celebrates our town’s designation as the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin. Our very own Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery creates the tasty white morsels, which have earned world-wide acclaim.

Centrally located within Ellsworth’s East End Park, admission to the festival is free. You would be wise to wear your stretchy pants to fully enjoy the wide variety of creative cheese curd dishes, fresh hand-battered, deep-fried cheese curds and dipping sauces, and an exclusive top-secret dessert curd that rivals the mini donut!

Several guided tasting experiences offer you the opportunity to learn and engage with the crafters, cooks and makers of our festival’s starring foods: Cheese, craft beer, wine, hard ciders, real dairy ice-cream and authentic Sconnie BBQ.

When you’ve had your fill of food, sit back and enjoy an eclectic mix of music. A variety of regional acts, ranging from solo vocal artists and blues and folk acts, to 80s tribute bands, perform throughout the festival. The Cheese Curd Eating Contest is great fun and keeps spectators on the edge of their seats cheering for their favorite competitors, which if you’re feeling adventurous, could be you!

Parking

You’ll be glad to know that there’s plenty of prime parking for festival attendees; you’re never more than a short walk (or ride) away from all festival events and activities. There are several hundred parking spaces within 3 block of Ellsworth’s East End Park. Parking is allowed on all village streets (except where posted). In addition, watch for signs to guide you to our official Cheese Curd Festival parking lots on Piety Street with continuous shuttle service to the festival grounds.

Lodging

Make your trip to the festival a weekend affair. A variety of lodging options are available in close proximity to Ellsworth, including hotels, B&Bs, and camping. 

Hotels

Best Western Campus Inn
100 Spring Street, River Falls, WI 54022
715-425-1045

Country Inn River Falls
1525 Commerce Court, River Falls, WI 54022
715-425-9500

Econo Lodge
1207 Saint Croix Street, River Falls, WI 54022
715-425-8388

Bed & Breakfast

About Time Country Escape
W1898 370th Avenue
Maiden Rock, WI 54750
715-577-2094

Camping

Pierce County Fairgrounds: 715-273-6874 (2 miles)

GasLite Bar & Grill: Visit Website (5 miles)

Hoffman City Park, River Falls: Visit Website (14 miles)

Bay City Campground: Visit Website (12 miles)

Hide-A-Way Campground: Visit Website (14 miles)

Nugget Lake County Park (Spring Valley): Visit Website (20 miles)

Highland Ridge (Spring Valley): Visit Website (20 miles)

Village Park, Maiden Rock: Visit Website (20 miles)

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