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

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.

Each guest will receive a souvenir tasting glass.

Only 125 tickets will be sold for each Corks & Kegs event! Tickets are $30 each. 

Milk and Cookie Pairing

Milk & Cookie Pairing

Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, there’s something special about milk and cookies. We’ve specially paired five flavors of milk with five popular freshly baked cookie flavors.

This year’s Milk & Cookie flavors are…

Chocolate Covered Strawberry = Strawberry Milk + Monster cookie

Banana Split = Strawberry Banana Milk + Chocolate Chip Cookie

S’mores = White Milk + Almond S’more Cookie

Mint Chip = Chocolate Whole Milk + Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie

Sweet N’ Salty = Salted Caramel Milk + M&M Cookie

Taste all five for $10! Tickets available on-site at the tasting event.

Craft & Curd: Paired

It’s the ultimate brewery face-off! Six local breweries battle it out for the best brew and cheese curd flavor pairing. Who will win? That’s up to you–You’re the judge for this intense (and tasty) competition!

Here are this year’s participating breweries:

Brickfield Brewing

Bricklayer Pale Ale paired with Pizza Curds
Traditional pale ale dry-hopped with Citra hops resulting in juicy orange and grapefruit flavors.

The Garage Bikes & Brews

Killian Kölsch paired with Garlic Curds
Crisp and light hop bitterness up-front, light malt sweetness throughout, finishes light.

Swinging Bridge Brewery

Llama Lime Shandy paired with Taco curds
Llama Lime Shandy is our Cream Ale mixed with homemade limeade to create the perfect beer for summer and tacos!

Rush River Brewing

Scenic Pale Ale paired with Sour Cream & Onion Curds
A refreshingly floral Pale Ale, Scenic is medium-bodied with big hop fragrance.

Hop & Barrel Brewing

Paul and Babe’s Breakfast Ale paired with Hickory Bacon Curds
Wake up and drink your breakfast ale…Blueberries, Coffee & Maple Syrup.

Oliphant Brewing

Pickle Beer paired with Dill Pickle Curds
A dill pickle light lager.

These flavor combinations have never been sampled before… until now! Voting will take place during each Craft & Curd event and the winning brewery’s craft and curd pairing will be announced at the festival upon tabulation of the votes.

Only 300 tickets available for each day! All 6 beer/curd tastings for $25.

Block Party!

Join us for a Block Party dedicated to the cheese lover in all of us! You’ll take a delicious trip around the state as you sample unique Wisconsin cheeses, each with their own Claim to Fame. The Spiciest Cheeses in our state… we’ve got ‘em! Wisconsin’s Moldy but Goodies… yep, you’ll taste those, too! Aged cheeses, smelly cheeses, Wisconsin’s perfect pairings, and unique cheese curd flavors… over 30 types of cheeses will be available for tasting!

Guest cheese experts will be on hand to answer your questions and share how our dairy state and all our cheeses, came to be so famous, not only in the Midwest but all around the world!

Ticket includes a beer, hard cider, or wine of choice, and a complimentary prune juice chaser–after eating all that cheese, you might need it! ;-)

Tickets are $25 each.

Ice Cream Tasting

A great time for the entire family, this one-hour real dairy flavor celebration features creative combinations to tickle your tastebuds.

This year’s ice cream is compliments of our friends at Cedar Crest…

  • Caramel Collison
  • Pirate’s Bounty
  • Cookie Monster
  • Strawberry Kringle (June featured flavor)
  • Cow Lick (July featured flavor)

Taste all five for $10! Tickets available on-site at the tasting event.