-Feastin' at locals favorite festivals
Our next stop is a straight shot up the lake from Chicago into the great city of Milwaukee. It's also time to introduce the newest series here at S'C'&C which is to feature different food related festivals I visited last summer, which I will now share with you thru this summer. I'll be sure to always make the post in advance of their 2010 date's. This year the Milwaukee Germanfest which is held on the lakefront kicks off on Thursday July 22nd and goes 'til Sunday July 25th 2010. It also happens to be the 30th anniversary of what they call "Milwaukee's Original Haus Party". Last year me and a couple friends embarked on a daylong journey to Milwaukee and ended our trip with a stop at Germanfest and made sure we went out with a bang. I've let it be known that Milwaukee is one of my favorite cities in the US to visit and summertime is best. This is a place that knows how to throw parties and its been that way since the 1840's when the population of the city was heavily increased by German immigrants. The German heritage and culture is still widespread throughout Milwaukee today and if there's one Germanfest in the US you want to visit, Milwaukee's is it. Beer, Brats and Blondes...oh my!
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According to Wikipedia today's greater Milwaukee area phonebook has over 40 pages of listings with Schmitt or Schmidt which is far outweighing the number of Smiths. Milwaukee has some great German restaurants along with classic beerhalls and some great architecture and they've all been a part of the community for generations. We went on the opening day which was a Thursday last year and admission was free and we took in the scene, chowed down on the food and put down plenty of beer during our visit. I snapped as much as I could remember too and hope to get back this year. So here's a little sneak peak into what you can expect at Germanfest in Milwaukee on beautiful Lake Michigan.
Germanfest is one of Milwaukee's many summertime parties
You can expect plenty of food and beer
Fresh roasting chickens on a spit were there as we entered
But it was the pig roasts that got our immediate attention
Spanferkel (roasted suckling pig) dinner
Pig's feet were cheap and full of flavor
I always gotta try whatever the local Elk's are frying up wherever I'm at
Potato Wedges with sour cream were good beer food
Milwaukee Elk's Lodge Fried Chicken was da bomb
Make sure you go on a very empty stomach
Mader's is a famous local German restaurant
Tubed meats are a must at any Germanfest
The line for these was so long it's one of the few items I didn't get to try
We didn't try any German pizza but it was interesting
What makes up a German pizza you ask?
Plenty of good beer and beer halls to consume it in at Germanfest
Cherries are big in Wisconsin
So I had to get a cherry strudel while I was there
Sil's Drive thru is popular in Milly for its mini donuts
They had a mini donut making machine at the fair
It was pretty cool watching them be made
Excellent donuts they were...
So if your thinking of heading up to Milwaukee for Germanfest or for any other reason we have plenty of other good eat rec's that can be found right HERE. Its an amazing eating city and a great place to spend a summer weekend or even just the day eating and drinking away. See ya next time on Smokin' Chokin' and Chowing with the King.