June 27 & 28, 2015
Craving a weekend of the most luscious summer fruit? Come celebrate Cedarburg’s 30th Annual Strawberry Festival, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, June 27 & 28, 2015. More than 100,000 people traveled to Cedarburg for Strawberry Festival last year, to pay homage to the bold and colorful strawberry and enjoy some of the most decadent homegrown strawberries in the area. This festival is a favorite of many for a delicious, free, family-oriented weekend sure to entertain fest-goers of all ages.
Start with buying some berry sweetness by the quart? Schmit’s Berry Farm, a local grower, provides the festival with the most ripe and juicy strawberries, available for purchase by the quart. Other tasty festival favorites include the “Original” Strawberry Brat, Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Pie, Strawberry Crepes, Strawberry Slush and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries as well as many other locally made delicacies.
Berried out? Strawberry Festival’s many food vendors are sure to please any palate in the Festival Food Court. The popular Sunday morning all-you-can-eat Strawberry Pancake Breakfast takes place from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and is served by the Cedar Creek Settlement merchants. More than 1,000 customers get their fill of mouthwatering strawberry pancakes while listening to live music performed outside along Cedar Creek.
For attendees with a taste for wine, Cedar Creek Winery’s Strawberry Blush Wine is a must – this and the winery’s other award-winning wines can be purchased by the glass during the festival.
Wander down Washington Avenue and you’ll see why “Art is a Tradition” in Cedarburg. Fondly referred to as Arts on the Avenue, Strawberry Festival highlights more than 250 of the best local and Midwest artists who bring their combined perspectives, skills, and thousands of works of arts to the streets of Cedarburg, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography. Arts on the Avenue is a combined effort of three local organizations, the Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedar Creek Settlement Merchant's Association and the Ozaukee Art Center, and offers one-of-a-kind works of art from functional to surreal, from witty to the elegantly decorative, as well as the opportunity to meet most of the artists in person.
One of the biggest highlights is the 15th Annual Plein Air Painting Competition, which attracts hundreds of artists from the Midwest region with Adult & Youth Divisions. The Competition runs from June 17 - June 25, with artists scattered about town capturing village parks, historic main street architecture, creek side mills and the beautiful barn-filled countryside. The resulting 450 paintings will be available for public sale at the Cedarburg Cultural Center at all price ranges, starting Friday morning and running throughout the Festival weekend. Saturday morning, registered artists can participate in the two-hour long Paint the Festival Competition in the Historic District. All paintings are judged and available for purchase during the festival.
Live music all over the Festival’s Historic District satisfies every audiophile, with music ranging from top forty and rock & roll to jazz. The Gruber Law Office Main Stage at the Festival Food Court will feature live music all day, both days. Cedar Creek Settlement events at the north end of town include live bands, food booths, and a merchant’s marketplace, indoor shopping as well the Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest and Strawberry Bubblegum Blowing Contest and the Sunday Morning Strawberry Pancake Breakfast.
For our littlest strawberry-lovers, Henry’s Kids Korner at Cedar Creek Park offers pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatable bounce houses, live entertainment, food vendors and lots of other activities. One of the most popular events is the CedarQuacker 500 sponsored by Port Washington State Bank, where hundreds of rubber ducks are launched into the creek in a race to the finish Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.
Want to see a little more of beautiful Historic Cedarburg? The Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ozaukee County’s “Berry Big” 5K Run/Walk kicks off Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and circles through the neighborhoods that surround the downtown area. Or take a ride on the Tractor Hayride Shuttle that travels around the festival route.
Off the festival footprint and easily accessible by taking the hayride, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts will feature Quilt & Rug Documentation Days. For $5 per item, they will record the history of your quilt, creaate a detailed description, take a digital image, and save this information in their archives, The "Traditions" exhibit featuring Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Pat L. Nickols is open in the Barn Gallery. The “Strawberry Challenge” is a fiber artist challenge where participants can create their own fiber arts creation, using “challenge” fabrics (plus some of their own). The Museum Gift Shop is now selling Challenge Packets, which include 2 yards of fabrics, 45-inch-square of bamboo batting, plus contest entry form and rules. Proceeds benefit the museum.
For more information call 888-894-4001.