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Flavor of Wisconsin: Central Europe

Revelers celebrating ethnic specialties at Old World Wisconsin's "Flavor of Wisconsin" event

Old World Wisconsin continues to celebrate its reopening with a brand-new, after-hours food-tasting event, Flavor of Wisconsin on Saturday, August 14, from 5:30 to 8 pm. The outdoor museum celebrates the culinary contributions of 19th-century immigrant ethnic groups to Wisconsin's patchwork of unique cuisine. The focus of this event is on the cuisine of Central Europe. Old World Wisconsin was closed for more than a month of its midsummer season due to damage sustained by a June 21 tornado.

Historic Cuisine, Live Music and Dancing

The cover of "The Flavor of Wisconsin: An Informal History of Food and Eating in the Badger State"

Guests are invited to sample historic foods and beverages from 14 stations while strolling the museum's German and Polish farmsteads, accompanied by live music. Many recipes are those used in the museum's historic cooking program. Others are from the recently reissued "The Flavor of Wisconsin: An Informal History of Food and Eating in the Badger State" by Terese Allen and the late Harva Hachten. Books will be for sale, and Allen will sign copies from 6-7:30 pm.

Guests are also invited to polka to music provided by The Goodtime Dutchmen or to meet WTKM on-air personalities as they broadcast live from Old World Wisconsin. Concertina Millie will be also be playing some toe-tapping tunes. Musical performances by "Chirps" Smith and Ben Masterson, playing traditional Midwestern songs, round out the evening.

An Ideal Way to Celebrate the Museum's Reopening

According to museum Director Dawn St. George, "This is the ideal event to follow on the heels of our museum reopening. Visitors are always asking to sample the recipes we prepare on site. What better way to celebrate than with food, beverages and live music, all historic?"

If You Go

For complete details on admission, location and contact information, visit the Old World Wisconsin visitor information pages. For complete details on this special after-hours event, visit our events calendar.

:: Posted August 9, 2010

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