Strawberry Festival 2015
Dates: 06/27/2015 to 06/28/2015
Downtown Historic Cedarburg
W63 N641 Washington Ave, Cedarburg, Wisconsin 53012
Main Contact: Festivals of Cedarburg
Phone: 888-894-4001 or 262-377-9620
Craving an art-filled weekend brimming with the most luscious summer fruit? Come celebrate Cedarburg’s 30th Annual Strawberry Festival, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and Johnson’s Sausage Shoppe, Saturday, June 27 (10am-6pm) and Sunday, June 28, (10am-5pm). This free, family-oriented festival is a favorite of many, drawing up to 100,000 people annually to toast the bold and delicious fruit in all its forms, and enjoy some of the most decadent homegrown strawberries in the area.
Strawberry Festival’s many food vendors are sure to please any palate. Festival favorites include the “Original” Strawberry Brat, strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberry crepes, strawberry slushies and chocolate-covered strawberries as well as many other locally made delicacies. Schmit’s Berry Farm, a local grower, provides the festival with the most ripe and juicy strawberries, available for purchase by the quart. The festival also boasts an extensive Food Court, offering everything from summer favorites like hamburgers, chicken, BBQ and roasted corn, to sweet treats and specialty foods. The popular Sunday morning all-you-can-eat Strawberry Pancake Breakfast takes place on the north end of the Festival grounds 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 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 throughout 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 four local organizations, the Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedar Creek Settlement Merchant's Association, the Ozaukee Art Center and the Cedarburg Art Museum, 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 of the festival is the 15th Annual Cedarburg Plein Air Painting Competition, which attracts hundreds of artists from around the country with Adult & Youth Divisions. The Plein Air event runs from June 17 - June 25, with artists scattered all around beautiful Ozaukee County, capturing everything from village parks and historic main street architecture, to creek side mills and the beautiful barn-filled countryside, to the breath-taking coast of Lake Michigan. The resulting 450 paintings will be available for public sale at the Cedarburg Cultural Center at all price ranges, starting at 10am on Friday, June 26, and running throughout Strawberry Festival weekend. A special awards reception and awards presentation will be held on Friday, June 26, from 6-8pm, with most artists in attendance and special pricing for the public.
Live music all over the Festival’s Historic District satisfies every audiophile. The Gruber Law Office Main Stage - Festival Food Court will feature the rockin’ fun cover band Our House and many more throughout the weekend. Cedar Creek Settlement events at the north end of town include live bands, food booths, and a merchant’s marketplace 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, 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.
Members of the Greater Milwaukee Model T Ford Club will be showing off a nice selection of all types and ages of Model T’s from roadsters and touring vehicles to pickup trucks and speedsters. The club is dedicated to preserving these wonderful automobiles, helping members get their cars repaired, and enjoying the pure fun of driving a Model T, aka (because of its affordability) as “the car that put the world on wheels.” For more information about the club, visit milwaukeemodeltclub.com.
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, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts will feature a gallery of Strawberry Challenge fiber arts contest submissions. Enjoy a cup of strawberry tea and await the announcement of the winner of the Strawberry Challenge. Watch a candle-making demonstration in the farmyard, and take part in children's crafts in the museum’s classroom. Fun for the whole family!