When curds from the world-famous Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery are your main ingredient, you can’t go wrong.

Get your Deep Fried Cheese Curds at Cheese Curd Central
Located under the Main Tent, festival attendees can get their fill of both fresh and hand-battered deep fried curds and gourmet dipping sauces at the festival’s Cheese Curd Central booth. They’ll be serving them up three ways this year:

  • Classic Deep Fried: Hand dipped in beer batter and fried just like the ones you love at the state fair. Dip in your favorite sauce from the Dipping Sauce Station.
  • Cinnamon Sugar Dessert Curds: If a cheese curd and a mini donut had a love-child, this would be it. So good, they’re addicting!
  • NEW! Hot Buffalo: Debuting to the festival this year will be a spin on the popular buffalo appetizer. Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery’s newest cheese curd flavor, Hot Buffalo, will be fried up in beer batter for a taste sensation that’s both hot and creamy. Sure to bring a bead of sweat to your brow. You’ll find plenty of Ranch dressing for dipping at the Sauce Station.

2016’s Best Cheese Curd Dish Winner

Cheese Curd Foods Smokey Treats ABT

Returning again to this year’s festival is last year’s “Best Cheese Curd Dish” winner, Smokey Treats BBQ. Their cheese-curd-stuffed, bacon-wrapped, smoked jalapenos poppers, which they aptly named, ‘A Beautiful Thing’ (or ABT for short), will be available at the festival again this year. Fans of the ABT will want to save room for their Smoked Pork Poutine, which is sure to be a festival-favorite contender for this year, too.

This isn’t a time for dieting! Have your fill and vote for your 2017 Cheese Curd Festival favorite! Sconnie Tacos, Wisco-Burritos, cheese dogs and more are among the other creative cheese curd dishes being served by professional food vendors along Food Truck Alley.

2017 Cheese Curd Festival Food Vendors

Enjoy creative cheese curd dishes and your favorite festival foods at these vendors…Smokey Treats BBQ
Affordable Foods
Carnival Tyme
Consuming Fire Mobile Pizza
K & C Concessions
River Valley Catering
Tastee Treats
Tony’s Greek Food

Plus, refreshments and sweet treats by…
Kettle Korn House
Tastee Treats
Stockwell’s Maple Treats
Squeeze Lemonade



When you’re gettin’ your curds on, you’ve got to have an ice cold something in the other hand! Festival guests will find a variety of perfectly chilled beverage options at the Festival bars. From wine and beer to soda and hard ciders, you’ll find the perfect beverage to compliment all the amazing cheese curd dishes and Sconnie BBQ along Food Truck Alley.

The main festival bar is located across from the Cheese Curd Central booth under the main tent. We’ve also added a second bar to the festival grounds… the Park Bar is located under the Pavilion on the East end of the park.

In addition to a selection of domestic beer, sodas, and bottled water, we’ll be adding wine, hard cider, and craft beer to the beverage options available at the festival this year!

Featured Craft Brews: A variety of regional craft beers will be available in limited quantities, so get your favorite before they’re gone! Names you’ll recognize include MKE Outboard  and Hop Happy out of Milwaukee, Moon Man and Spotted Cow from New Glarus, and Capital Brewery’s Wisconsin Amber!

Featured Wine: Wisconsin’s own Wollersheim from Prairie du Sac, is the oldest winery in the state. Choose from three of their award winners in mini bottles:

  • White: Prairie Fumé – American Seyval Semi-Dry Wine, so refreshing for an afternoon of music in the park.
  • Rose: Blushing Rose – American Semi-Sweet Rosé Wine, a perfect compliment to Sconnie BBQ dishes.
  • Red: Prairie Sunburst Red – Wisconsin Marechal Foch Dry Red Wine, pairs deliciously with woodfired pizza and other popular festival foods.

Featured Hard Cider: Maiden Rock Honeycrisp Hard Cider made right in our own backyard in Maiden Rock, WI. It’s a natural semi-dry hard apple cider. Like the apple that is its namesake, Honeycrisp Hard is distinctive, snappy and sassy.

Don’t forget about the Corks & Kegs Tasting Experience! This popular event is a happy hour like no other. Your ticket grants you entrance to unlimited sampling and light appetizers during the events. Limited tickets, advance purchase suggested. Get more details here.