Widmer’s Cheese Cellars is known for producing some of the best stirred-cured Wisconsin Colby, aged cheddar and classic Wisconsin Aged Brick in the entire state. Visit Widmer’s small retail store to stock up on cheeses like its award-winning caraway Colby or 10-year aged cheddar, or book a tour of its ‘make room’ where visitors can see talented cheesemakers in action preparing cheese curds and pressing Widmer’s signature brick cheese.
Green County Cheese Days, the Midwest’s oldest food festival that attracts on average over 100,000 people, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and is the place to go to experience southern Wisconsin’s rich cheese-making heritage. Held every two years in Monroe, the three-day festival features a cheese-tasting tent were attendees can meet cheesemakers and try and buy their wares alongside plenty of food stands selling local delicacies like deep-fried cheese curds and cheesecake-on-a-stick. There are also cheese-related activities like ‘old world’ cheese-making demonstrations and a cow-milking contest with the festival culminating in the Swiss Colony Cheese Days Parade, led by a herd of Brown Swiss cows.
Green County Cheese Days, Monroe, WI, USA, +1 608 325 7771
Fromagination showcases Wisconsin’s artisanal cheese-making culture while offering visitors a place where they can fully experience the state’s best export. Hundreds of cheeses are available to sample and buy, and the store’s expert cheese mongers are on hand to suggest perfect beverage and food pairings while budding cheese aficionados can learn more at one of Fromagination’s classes or tasting sessions. A lunch menu featuring salads, soups and gourmet sandwiches showcasing Wisconsin cheeses is offered on weekdays.
Fromagination, 12 South Carroll Street, Madison, WI, USA, +1 608 255 2430
Clock Shadow Creamery is Wisconsin’s first urban cheese factory, and at its Walker’s Point location, guests can buy its products — including its delicious, award-winning quark — alongside other artisan Wisconsin cheeses, and take a tour of the factory to learn more about the cheese-making process.
Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern is the state’s oldest cheese store. At Baumgartner’s store, customers can pick up local and imported cheese alongside specialty meats and accompaniments, but a visit wouldn’t be complete without popping next door to its adjoining tavern and trying its legendary Limburger cheese sandwich.
A fourth-generation family-owned factory, Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese is an award-winning cheese producer. An on-site cheese store sells a range of Henning’s own cheeses and its popular flavored cheese curds, but if you try just one variety, make sure it’s an award-winning Henning’s cheddar — available regular or blended with ingredients like chipotle or cracked black peppercorns. There’s also a cheese museum showcasing vintage cheese-making equipment, and guests can watch fresh cheese curds being made at the factory by Henning’s expert cheesemaker on weekday mornings.