During most of the year, Cedar Creek Winery does business in a restored woolen mill from the 1860s, and the building's limestone basement is a prime place for fermenting winemaker Philippe Coquard's oak-barreled products.
Some grapes come from Washington and New York. Others grow near Prairie du Sac, not far from the Wisconsin River, and they are harvested in September. Cedarburg turns this bounty, and those of other locally grown fruits and vegetables, into an annual reason to celebrate.
The Wine and Harvest Festival also is an end-of-summer serenade. It is a time for families to enjoy grilled sweet corn, caramel apples, specialty foods and traditional Wisconsin fare, such as grilled pork chop sandwiches. The local Piggly Wiggly produces its Harvest Apple Brat for the occasion.
What distinguishes the look of this festival from others? Dozens of scarecrows are created for contest prizes and propped up throughout Cedarburg's downtown. This is in addition to the Scarecrow Sculpture Garden that is outside of The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement.