Everything But The Squeal at Old World Wisconsin

Love bacon, brats, pork chops, and more? Enjoy an marriage of food and story to engage the senses, have fun, spark conversations, and create memories to live on at Old World Wisconsin’s Taste of History Series: Everything But the Squeal event Saturday September 12th and Sunday September 13th.

Foodies and history buffs alike will delight in this special event at Old World Wisconsin. The Taste of History Series is a unique opportunity for guests to tour the Crossroads Village, and explore the stories of the past while being introduced to flavors, traditions, and techniques to be featured in the dinner in Caldwell Farmer’s Club Hall to culminate your experience.

Everything But The Squeal is a celebration of the role pork has played in Wisconsin’s culinary history. From snout to tail, you’ll explore the history of the “heritage breed” of pork that created sausage flavor profiles, traditional cuts of meat, and preservation techniques still used today. After you tour the Crossroads Village, enjoy a craft beer tasting and a historically-inspired meal in the Caldwell Farmers’ Club Hall.

The evening’s menu will feature the many preparations of pork and showcase the wide range of flavors associated with each different cut. Dinner kicks off with an appetizer of pork belly cracklins followed by a variety of recipes including bacon, Usinger’s meat products, and pork chops. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a spice cake with lard frosting.

Everything But The Squeal runs both Saturday September 12th and Sunday September 13th with seatings at both 4pm and 5:30pm both days. Groups are limited to 24 people and advance reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call (262) 594-6301.

Old World Wisconsin documents the settlement of 19th- and early 20th-century Wisconsin. It comprises an 1870’s crossroads village and 10 ethnic farmsteads located on 576 acres of wooded hills in the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Farm-tastic Finds in Walworth County

Corn, crops, and countryside, oh my! Have you ever toured an apple orchard? Petted a goat? Enjoyed a hayride? Or watched a tractor harvest its crops? Well, get to Walworth County and experience all that and more.

You know you’re in the Midwest when the cornfields are endless and the pastures are sprinkled with rustic red barns and spotted cows. To deepen your understanding and strengthen your appreciation of the land and celebrate fall, Walworth County has the perfect spots to explore:

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

Where can you find apple trees, a winery, and cinnamon sugar donuts? At Apple Barn Orchard and Winery of course. Yummy doesn’t begin to describe this extraordinary orchard experience. It’s not only a visual treat with a large orchard, but also a boutique country store loaded with goodies including housemad fruit wines, Wisconsin cheeses, jellies, and local honey. The drive is just minutes from the historic square of downtown Elkhorn. Open Fridays through Sundays, enjoy the apples, and the cooler fall temps at Apple Barn Orchard and Winery. 

Pearce’s Farm Stand

Fall has arrived at Pearce’s Farm Stand! Experience your new favorite fall excursion at the best place for fall festivities, pumpkins, and the ever-popular corn maze! Just a short drive from Lake Geneva, this farm is in the heart of Walworth County! The most popular activity, besides navigating the u-pick pumpkin patch, is the corn maze. The zig-zagging adventure lets visitors explore the fields of the family farm. Pearce’s Farm Stand is extremely kid-and family-friendly with a giant slide, haybale climbing tower, and sweet treats no kiddo can resist. End your trip at Pearce’s Farm Stand munching on their homemade rhubarb bread, kettle corn, and caramel apples and, yes, even pumpkin donuts. This farm is a must-visit!

Royal Oak Farm Orchard

Get the best look at the countryside while learning about local growers and what it takes to supply and maintain successful crops at Royal Oak Farm Orchard. The u-pick apple orchard, located on the Wisconsin state line, offers family fun and entertainment in a beautiful 120 acre setting from mid-August through mid-November. With over 17,000 apple trees of 30 varieties to choose from the farm also produces pumpkins, gourds and winter squash, honey, and more of your favorite fruits and veggies. Take on the challenge of the country’s first apple tree maze, Amaze ‘N Apples, where you can wander through 1.5 miles of trails throughout the orchard. Kiddos can also play in the playground, ride the carousel, and meet barnyard animals at the petting zoo! Don’t forget to sample some world-famous apple cider!

Elegant Farmer

Whether you’re continuing a family tradition or starting a new one this fall, The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago offers you an old-fashioned, on-farm experience at their annual Autumn Harvest Fest Saturdays and Sundays September through October. Visit the Elegant Farmer and be welcomed by the Smilin’ Barn for apple picking, electric rail car rides aboard the East Troy Electric Railroad, tractor rides, the corn maze, and of course the famous farmers market.  Bring home an award-winning apple pie baked in a paper bag to share with family and friends around the bonfire.  

Grapes Are a Crop Too!

Witness the wine-making process from the field to bottle and enjoy a tasting at one of Walworth Country’s wineries. These wineries are set among the beautiful countryside and charming historic towns. Enjoy award-winning Wisconsin wines and during the fall season. Each with a unique vibe and aesthetic, you’ll find your new favorite winery this fall right here in Walworth County.  Customize a full weekend of wine tastings by visiting Aeppeltreow Winery, Apple Barn Orchard and Winery, Northleaf Winery, Staller Estate Winery, and Studio Winery.

Get out there this fall and enjoy all the activities our friendly farms have to offer. As always, we recommend calling ahead and visiting each location’s website to confirm operations and special events.

For more events and to get ahead on planning your next weekend getaway, visit www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.

Labor Day Weekend Events in Walworth County

Labor Day is a day of celebration of the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Kudos! Your hard work deserves to be celebrated!  

With this abundant list of all the weekend’s activities, it’s no wonder why Travel Channel listed Lake Geneva as one of their 10 Best Places to Travel for Labor Day Weekend. But Lake Geneva isn’t the only spot with good events, Walworth County is bustling with them, too. Check it out:

Happy Labor Day! For a complete and updated listing of events throughout the weekend, please visit our Events Calendar on our website at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.