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Taste of Wisconsin™

July 27, 2018 - July 29, 2018

Fri. 3 – 11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
kids eating at Taste of Wisconsin, Lake Michigan shore
Kenosha Electric Streetcar - Chicago, Illinois car

The award-winning Taste of Wisconsin™ festival brings the tastes, flavors and cultures of Wisconsin together in one amazing event on Kenosha’s beautiful lakeshore. Presented by North Shore Bank and produced by the Kiwanis Club of Western Kenosha, Taste of Wisconsin happens at Celebration Place, Downtown Kenosha, along the shore of Lake Michigan. This is a family-friendly celebration of all things tasteful and all things Wisconsin in their flavor. Admission is FREE.

The 10th annual event will be a feast for your senses with over 40 food and beverage vendors serving up their fresh-made specialties.  The vast offerings on the menu include fan favorites like Wisconsin cheese curds; meat and veggie paninis; Hawaiian BBQ ribs; pig wings and pulled pork; spring rolls; homemade sausages and ethnic dishes including Italian, Mexican, Polish, Jamaican, Vietnamese, and German; delectable sauces, hand-dipped ice cream, popcorn and kettle corn; roasted corn-on-the-cob and cheesecake on a stick. The menu also features a few unique items such as Wisconsin bourbon barrel aged maple syrup; Cajun corn creole; waffle tacos and deep fried Twinkies.  Foodies desiring the unusual won’t go away disappointed…bacon wrapped tator-tots and deep fried Oreos will hit the deep fryers at Taste of Wisconsin this year!

And to wash it all down, an array of specialty and traditional beers, flavorful wines, ciders, smoothies, and other refreshing beverages will be available.  Vendors will accept cash for all food and non-alcoholic beverages and products.  Beer and wine will be sold at the event's four Beverage Gardens.

Adding to the fabulous lakefront ambiance and tasteful fare, the live music lineup is as impressive as the food choices! Over 80 live musical performances are scheduled throughout the weekend on four music stages on the Taste of Wisconsin grounds. Local and regional artists will entertain festival goers with music of all genres including classic rock, country, pop, indie, jazz, big band, folk and blues.

The popular Demo Center is also back, offering presentations including a wide variety of cooking workshops and demonstrations.

Kids and adults alike can take a time out (the good kind!) in our KidZone tent sponsored by Farmland, featuring live music, hands-on activities, theater and dance demonstrations and other entertainment for our pint-sized guests!

Taste of Wisconsin™ offers FREE admission, so it’s a family and budget-friendly choice for a great summer weekend getaway.  As always, parking in and around the lakefront and Downtown area is free. Plus, Kenosha’s vintage electric streetcar system is a fun and convenient way to make your way from your parking spot to the front gates of the event. Streetcars will run for extended hours during Taste of Wisconsin.

And after you’ve had your fill at Taste, there’s plenty to keep the fun going on Kenosha’s lakeshore, including museums, attractions, events and more!  So come on down and have fun by the fork-full in Kenosha! For more information about this year’s event including vendor menus, entertainment schedules, activities, and more, visit www.tasteofwi.com or www.facebook.com/TasteofWI.