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We celebrate the 100th anniversary of Cheese Days in Monroe, Wi!


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The week on Wisconsin Foodie, we grab our bells and run over to Monroe, WI for the 100th anniversary of Cheese Days! Every other year, the town of Monroe celebrates their proud Swiss heritage and rich cheese making background by coming out for beer and cheese from all over the state. The first Cheese Days was held back in 1914, and then every two years for the last hundred. Monroe county has become home to the highest concentration of master cheesemakers in the county.

 

 

 

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We start our Cheese Days experience the best way possible, at the legendary Baumgartner’s for a beer and a limburger sandwich. Owner Chris Soukup shows us around Baumgartner’s and orders us a limburger and¬†braunschweiger sandwich. Limburger is well known as the smelliest of the cheeses, which unfortunately causes many to pass up this unique food experience. While in Baumgartner’s, we bump into Edelweiss Creamery’s master cheesemaker, Bruce Workman. Edelweiss Creamery recently won for best swiss cheese in the world in Cook’s Illustrated.

 

 

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We take some yodeling lessons from master yodeler, Kerry Christensen. Of course, we have to get some deep fried cheese curds while we’re here. We get a behind the scenes look at how the Monroe Optimists Club slings their beer battered curds out for the masses. We walk around with Mayor William Ross as he tells us about the history of Cheese Days and for a limburger sandwich. Then finally, we talk with master cheesemaker and president of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, Steve Stettler. Its an exciting, cheese filled day as we join in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cheese Days in Monroe, WI.

 

 

 

 

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Cheese Days

 

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Monroe Optimists Club

 

Kerry Christensen

 

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