With an event dating back to 1914, many time-honored traditions like cheese tasting, live music, dairy farm tours, Swiss entertainment, and parades will be part of the Green County Cheese Days festivities in downtown Monroe on Sept. 14 -16. But in addition to favorites that festival goers have come to expect, this year's guests will enjoy a variety of new activities and entertainment options.
Watch Sarah the Cheese Lady carve a sculpture from a giant block of Cheddar cheese, as well as some smaller carvings from locally made cheese exclusive to Green County, like Gruyere from Emmi Roth Kase. Sarah the Cheese Lady appears at the festival courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board's Culinary Manager of Cheese Education, Sara Hill, will be teaming up with local cheesemakers for two new sessions in the Colony Brands Hospitality Tent on Saturday. "Cheese 101" will give audience members the chance to taste and compare different styles from the eight families of Wisconsin cheese. During "Artisan Cheeses & Pairing Partners", participants will discover how to pair artisan cheeses with other tastes – like fruits, nuts, and chocolates - to bring out their best flavors.
A number of new bands are on the schedule, including polka dancing with Barefoot Becky on Friday afternoon, and the "Brewhaus Polka Kings: Saturday afternoon. The Friday evening street dance features "Boogie and the Yo-yo'z"," the self-proclaimed "hottest party band in Wisconsin – and maybe Iowa too". On Saturday night, the Matriarchs will bring some foot-stomping fun to the Hospitality Tent stage with traditional and contemporary folk songs. Midlife Crisis entertains Saturday evening on the Main Stage with oldies, mash-ups, polka medleys, and non-stop party tunes.
Monroe Public Library will host a satellite location for "Library on the Square" over the weekend – with a "Live from Cheese Days" webcam and internet access for posting social media updates. They'll also offer genealogy resources for visitors researching their ancestral roots – Swiss or otherwise.
Race fans should stop in at the Nascar-themed Colony Brands Tent, sponsored through their very own RaceTeamGear.com website. Throughout the weekend, see race cars and meet drivers Nathan Haseleu, Jeremy Miller and Keith Steele for autographs and photos.
Also new this year, meet a giant wedge of smiling Swiss cheese. You'll recognize the new Cheese Days mascot, "Wedgie", by his red Swiss beanie and his cheesy dance moves.
With an additional dining tent area being added this year, there will be even more space for guests to sit and enjoy their favorite festival foods. New on the menu: walking tacos, deep-fried cookie dough and cookie dough sundaes, Jambalaya platters, ribbon fries, Po'boys, and cinnabuns.
For the complete schedule including events both new, and tried and true, go to www.cheesedays.com. Call toll free 1.800.307.7208 to request a brochure by mail.
Source: Green County Cheese Days