Spend a sweet, end-of-summer weekend in the country in Historic Cedarburg during the 41st Annual Wine & Harvest Festival, Saturday, September 21 from 10-6pm & Sunday, September 22 from 10-5pm. Both the abundance of Wisconsin’s homegrown produce and artisan food products plus the award-winning wines of Cedar Creek Winery are what initiated this free, family-oriented arts and crafts event.
The Festival Food Court located at the Community Center features grilled corn, kettle corn, BBQ, gyros, noodles, fried cheese, brats, burgers, grilled foods and many more savory/sweet delights. Enjoy unique, tasty Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly’s Original Harvest Apple Brat and Cranberry Turkey Wraps at the Official Festival Food Booth managed by the Cedarburg Booster Club. Also, new to the food court is the Festival Dessert Booth featuring Apple Crisp and Berry Cobbler with all proceeds benefitting the Festival.
Purchase some of fall's bounty at the Farmer's Market located on Columbia Avenue. Be sure to stop at Fundamental Kitchen to watch as they demonstrate how to make quick recipes using produce from the Farmer's Market and wine sauces from the Cedar Creek Winery's award winning wines.
Locally produced foodstuffs such as honey, syrup, cheese, sausage and jellies are available in the Marketplace at Turner Street and Mill Street. Also, the Marketplace is your place to find unique handbags, hats, skin care products and so much more.
Festival fans can kick back and listen to Live Music all over town, including Top Forty, Folk and Rock & Roll bands. The Gruber Law Office Main Stage at the food court is featuring some new and rising musicians, Addy Eckert and Will Pfrang, as well as our favorite seasoned bands like Our House, and UnXpected.
The Scarecrow Contest is a seasonal favorite with dozens of winsome and whimsical hand-made straw-stuffed characters on display throughout the historic district. For a quick shuttle around town, hop aboard a tractor-drawn hayride wagon.
Treasures are just waiting to be discovered at Arts on the Avenue, with more than 250 juried booths presented by the Cedarburg Garden Club, Cedarburg Cultural Center and Ozaukee Art Center along Washington Avenue. Drop in at both the Cedarburg Cultural Center for the Cedarburg Artists Guild’s annual juried Fall Show and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts special exhibits and activities.
On Saturday from 11-4 join us for the first Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off presented by Port Washington State Bank in their parking lot. Pumpkins weighing in at well over 1,000 pounds are the highlight of this event but there are plenty of other "giants" to see such as watermelons, tomatoes, gourds and much more.
At a new time, the annual Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta will take place on Sunday, at 11am. Pumpkin carving starts at 10am with voting for your favorite at 10:45am. Previous regattas are YouTube favorites featuring gigantic, decorated, hollowed-out, floatable pumpkins, piloted by intrepid paddlers’ attempting to race across Cedar Creek.
The festival’s Henry’s Kids Korner will encompass a variety of activities and entertainment geared for children, including Gypsy Geoff, Popcorn the Clown, SEA Hamster (Hamster Ball for humans), Speleo Cave Maze, bouncers, food, SpinArt, CHS Robotics Team, Riveredge Nature Center, Paint a Pumpkin sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and a whole lot more!
Pumpkin Carver extraordinaire Steve Dahlke. will be turning large pumpkins into grotesque faces at the City Hall Lawn on Saturday.
The Cedar Creek Settlement is welcoming the local charitable organization Mel's Pig Roast "Home of the Famous State Fair Port Chop Sandwich" as the featured food booth provider for the Settlement's Courtyard Grill. At Cedar Creek Winery booths you’ll find wine by the glass throughout the festival.
At The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement, the Winery’s hilarious Grape Stomp is a daily crowd-pleaser with both a Kid’s Stomp and an Adult’s Stomp competition and families will delight in the enchanting Scarecrow Sculpture Garden.
For specific times and a complete list of Wine & Harvest events, pick up a map/schedule at the two information booths as well as most retailers thoughtout town. The information booths on Washington Avenue at Bridge Road and at Western Avenue will be selling the Official Festival T-Shirt as well. Don't leave the festival without a souvenir!
Come join us for fall fun in Historic Cedarburg, just 20 minutes north of Milwaukee off I-43.