The best of Wisconsin is coming to Illinois for a day.
The Wisconsin Beer and Cheese Tour comes to Aurora’s RiverEdge Park from 4 to 7:30 p.m. May 31. It’s a new craft beer tasting festival with a creamy, savory twist — it’s a cheese and sausage tasting festival too.
“We’re bringing what Wisconsin offers to Illinois,” said Zoe Barker, marketing manager with BrewFest Partners, a firm specializing in consulting, planning, hosting and managing beer festivals.
Curt Foreman, founder of BrewFest Partners, had the brainchild to enliven craft beer festivals and take them to the next level, she said.
“Wisconsin has the best cheese, the most award-winning cheeses,” she said. “This is something that is different and unique from the other beer festivals. It’s going to be really fun because you can do really specific pairings.”
There will be an array of Wisconsin beers, artisan cheeses and sausages.
Breweries on tap include Leinenkugel’s, 3 Sheeps, Wisconsin Brewing Company, Capital Brewery, Central Waters Brewing Company and many others. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board will provide the several types of cheeses, and meat will be provided by Gilbert’s Craft Sausages.
“We’re going to have all different styles and we’ll be able to pair those — certain cheeses go better with certain beers,” she said. “The tokens we give out can be used for beer or cheese or sausage, and then you can purchase additional meal-sized portions.”
In addition to the sampling of craft beer, cheese and sausage; attendees can enjoy live music and other food-related demonstrations and activities. Milwaukee band The Invaders will perform.
Ticket holders receive a commemorative pint glass and 24 sampling tokens. VIP ticket holders may enter the park early at 3 p.m. and receive an additional six tokens, snacks and exclusive VIP beer tasting in the VIP Deck overlooking the grounds, and a $10 voucher off designated fest merchandise.
A Designated Driver ticket includes unlimited soda and water and 10 food sampling tokens.
“We’re expecting a big group, and we’re excited because RiverEdge Park is gorgeous,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a really fun festival. It’s something different, especially for people who go to beer festivals a lot. This one’s not your average festival. We’re celebrating everything that’s fun in Wisconsin in Illinois.”
The tour will come to Wheaton at the end of June at the DuPage County Fairgrounds.
Speaking of Wheaton, the annual Taste of Wheaton festival begins on June 5 with a Chamber luncheon and later on, a beer garden in Memorial Park from 4 to 9 p.m. where four craft beers will be featured. That’s where you’ll be able to nosh at the Slice of Wheaton, while you listen to entertainment provided by singer Eric Howell and later, Chemically Imbalanced and Vital Signs. A carnival will be on Liberty Street from 4 to 10 p.m.
Check out a look at the Taste of Wheaton, which runs June 5-8, in next Friday’s edition.Tags: Beer
Wisconsin beer and cheese tour
RiverEdge Park, 360 N Broadway St., Aurora