Tasting Events

From adult tastings to fun and unique sampling for the entire family, plan to take part in the tasting experiences offered during the festival.

Corks and Kegs Tasting Experience

Corks & Kegs

Friday, June 23 from 6-8pm
Saturday, June 24 from 5-7pm
$25, advance ticket purchase recommended

The Corks & Kegs adult tasting experiences feature local and regional craft beer, wine and hard cider. This popular event is a happy hour like no other. Your ticket grants you entrance to unlimited sampling and light appetizers.

Enjoy live entertainment while you mingle and compare tasting notes for over 40 craft beers, wines, and hard ciders from the Midwest, many from within a 40-mile radius of the festival.

Secure your spot (limit of 75 tickets per day), and a Corks & Kegs Swag Bag, by purchasing advance tickets today!

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Tickets also available at Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery and Common Man Brewing in Ellsworth, WI.


Milk and Cookie Pairing

Milk & Cookie Pairing

Saturday, June 24 from 11am-2pm
$1 per tasting, tickets available at the festival

Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, there’s something special about milk and cookies. Just like moms and dads do at real wine pairing events, we’ve specially paired four milks with four popular freshly baked cookie flavors to allow the little ones to compare and make their own tasting notes. It will be interesting to see if the “Classic” chocolate chip cookie with whole white milk will survive the test of time, or if one of the other unique pairings, such as the Cinna-Yum…  salted caramel milk perfectly paired with a Snickerdoodle, will become the new favorite!

Other pairing combos include, the “Cookie Monster”, with chocolate peanut butter milk and a Monster cookie, the “Melts in Your Mouth Not in You Hands”, M&M and chocolate milk team, and the “Banana Cream Pie”, banana milk with a sugar cookie.

Held in conjunction with our Farmer Meet & Greet, this is your opportunity to enjoy a milk and cookie break while shaking hands with a real farmer and learning about today’s agriculture and what it takes to put food on the tables of families across America.

The Milk & Cookie Pairing is not to be missed!

Ice Cream Tasting

Saturday, June 24 from 1-2pm
$1 per tasting, tickets available at the festival

A great time for the entire family, this one-hour real dairy flavor celebration features creative combinations crafted by the innovative folks from UW-River Falls Food Sciences Department. Sample unique ice cream flavors, including Cheese Curd Ice Cream (hey, don’t knock it until you try it!). The university students behind these innovative frozen treats will be on hand to share the inspiration for their creations and offer insight into the development, production and testing phases of their manufacturing process.

Sample these delicious flavors:
Mooberry Cheese Curd Swirl
Strawberry Lemonade Crunch
Raspberry Jazz
Piñata Party
Peanut Butter Cup Swirl