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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/09/14 07:48:35 (permalink)
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The big Cheese Days weekend is coming up quickly!  We've scrapped our plans to spend the entire weekend in south central Wisconsin and will only be in Monroe this Sunday the 18th.  I believe the ScreamingChickens will be there the same day, although for some reason they won't get there until 5:15 (finally discovered the source of the joke). 

5:15 is correct...if you mean 5:15am Saturday to be first in line for cheese curds!!
 
I know this is a long shot, but by any chance are you going arrive around the Sunday opening time of 9am?  Maybe driving up Saturday afternoon/evening might not be a bad idea?
 
Mrs. C has dogsitting duty Saturday but I might check out Cheese Days on my own for a few hours.
 
http://www.cheesedays.com./complete-schedule/
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/09/14 15:07:50 (permalink)
Unfortunately, I'm working Saturday until 10pm, so Sunday will be our only option.  The plan is to leave around 11am, arriving in Monroe 1:30-2pm.  We'll stay till 5 or 6pm, then head home with a stop for Greasy CheeseBurgers.
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/09/17 12:43:57 (permalink)
I just returned from Monroe and judging by the number of people already there at 9:30am, tomorrow's going to be a very busy day.  And with the current forecast for sunshine and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s I wouldn't be surprised if the single-day attendance record is threatened.
 
I watched 2 preteen girls take "The Limburger Challenge"* and their reactions were quite entertaining.
 
Cheese curds, corn dogs, and beer: the true breakfast of champions!
 
Buddy, I snagged 4 cheese curd tickets so you won't have to wait in the ticket line tomorrow.  They're yours for $17.50 apiece.
 
And now I'm going to take a nap.
 
* For $2 you get a slice of Limburger cheese between 2 slices of cocktail rye, with onion and mustard available.  An extra $1 adds braunschweiger.  And you get an individually-wrapped wintergreen or pep-o-mint Lifesaver for afterward.
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/09/17 13:55:04 (permalink)
I've taken the Limburger Challenge many times and always beat the odds.  Frankly, I don't know what the big deal is.  Limburger is a little stinky up front, but once it's in your mouth and the full flavor comes through, it's a very enjoyable experience.
 
$17.50 per Cheese Curd ticket seems like a reasonable price to pay if you avoid the line to get them.
 
My real hope is that the owner of the local bodega has repaired his Al Pastor Taco Cart and is out hawking his wares.
 
If you went today, does that mean we won't see you on Sunday?
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/09/17 17:56:36 (permalink)
Speaking of bodegas, the Hispanic market we checked out 2 years ago has either moved or closed as there are "For Rent" signs in the window.  I didn't see any food carts while I was there this morning but it's certainly possible some showed up later.
 
I don't have anything scheduled for tomorrow so I'll probably show up.  My employer has issued me a fancy new iPhone 6 so shoot me a text or call when you're about an hour away.
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/09/17 22:51:57 (permalink)
I'll be pumping fresh electricity into my cellphone battery tonight so we can communicate tomorrow.
 
Very disappointing to hear about the absent bodega.  The Al Pastor Tacos were a tasty counterpoint to all the cheese and German food dominating the landscape.
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2017/11/11 14:05:45 (permalink)
Even though GCCD is still 10 months away it's not too early to start planning.  Out-of-towners looking to stay overnight might want to arrange lodging very soon.
 
https://www.cheesedays.com/
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/06/05 20:58:26 (permalink)
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/06/05 23:48:48 (permalink)
It's on our calendar!  Not sure if we'll go Saturday or Sunday.
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/06/06 16:46:25 (permalink)
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It's on our calendar!  Not sure if we'll go Saturday or Sunday.
 
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Maybe set up a Doodle Poll....
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/06/06 17:00:36 (permalink)
Wouldn't matter; somebody would just mess with the results.
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/06/06 17:11:32 (permalink)
Lots of good entertainment, but I highly recommend "The Jimmys" on the Saturday September 17th Minhas Stage.
Just an exceptional band. One more bit of good news, Doors Open Milwaukee is scheduled for Sept. 22 (my birthday) and 23 so it won't interfere.
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/06/06 17:26:04 (permalink)
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Wouldn't matter; somebody would just mess with the results.
 
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Oh..the Diddle of it all....
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/06/06 19:09:11 (permalink)
Took the words right out of my mouth.
 
Thanks MFL for that info.  We usually go on Sunday, but if the work schedule allows, maybe we'll change things up this year.
 
Anybody gonna try to work up a tour around the Open Doors Milwaukee event?  Might be a good day to tackle some Tacos...
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/06/10 09:58:16 (permalink)
Milwaukee's fine daily newspaper offers a list of 6 food festivals that offer a glimpse of Wisconsin specialties and local culture. Included on the list is GREEN COUNTY CHEESE DAYS. ("You don't have to call me ScreamingChicken, you can call me Wedgie.")

We are targeting CEDARBURG STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, Sun Prairie's SWEET CORN FESTIVAL, and possibly Sheboygan's BRAT DAYS & Seymour's BURGER FEST. We are likely to follow the stop in Cedarburg with dinner at Newport Shores (the Entertainment coupon is still honored in June).

Any of these events sound Contingent-able?
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/06/10 10:26:31 (permalink)
June is booked for us, so the Strawberry Festival is out.  The rest take place in August when I should have some time available, although the dates listed on the Sweet Corn Festival's site are from 2016, so who knows.  Don't forget, Irish Fest and our annual visit to Fred's Bar fall in August too.
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/06/10 12:55:57 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby leethebard 2018/06/10 16:23:10
Last visit to the Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival found beer drinkers locked up in a cage so as not to taint any non-drinker that might be tempted to start on the road to perdition. Brat Days serves only Johnsonville products, no Miesfield's to be found. Seymour's was perhaps most maddening. You were charged $5 to get in which then allowed you to buy some hamburgers. If you were a local and had little children, I'm sure it would be worth it.
Caveat Emptor.
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/06/10 13:06:25 (permalink)
That was helpful Mike. Thanks.

Still going to Sun Prairie.
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/06/10 14:54:50 (permalink)
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...........Still going to Sun Prairie.

I'll bring you a saw.
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/09/12 08:34:40 (permalink)
So who all's going to Cheese Days and at what times?
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/09/12 14:38:41 (permalink)
Roadhouses for five, although traveling in separate cars.  At least two of us are aiming for Baumgartner's at noon.  Gotta get to Alp & Dell outlet store afterward.  Also, didn't someone come across a list of Wisconsin's Best Burgers, showing a place in New Glarus as a worthwhile stop?
 
Looking at Madison for our overnight stay before heading to Donny's Girl in Watertown on Sunday.
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/09/12 14:59:45 (permalink)
Better look fast...UW hosts BYU Saturday afternoon so a lot of hotel rooms will be booked for that night.  You might want to consider Janesville/Fort Atkinson/Jefferson as an alternative.
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/09/12 15:48:07 (permalink)
Thanks for the tip.  Definitely considering Cow & Quince for Burgers after Cheese Days.
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/09/12 20:48:15 (permalink)
So Mrs MFL and I drove to Monroe today as the first stop in celebrating my mom's 95th birthday. Baumgartner's and their famous Limburger cheese sandwich is a tradition I won't break. I come home and start reading the newspaper and lo and behold I wasn't the only one thinking Limburger today. I'm not sure how 'ripe' got replaced with 'stinky'. NB Hwy 69 was closed and a detour took us on a county road never before traveled by us and what do we see but the Chalet Cheese Cooperative where Limburger is made and made there only, as far as the USA is concerned. Alp and Dell carries it btw as well as its slightly less ripe cousin, Liederkranz
 
https://www.jsonline.com/story/life/food/2018/09/11/stinky-limburger-made-only-monroe-us-has-loyal-fans/1147865002/ 
 
https://www.baumgartnercheese.com/?SID=2dfnot89u2v0nk8d4bh3ninlq6 
https://alpanddellcheese.com/ 
https://www.wisconsincheese.com/wi-cheese-companies/27/chalet-cheese-cooperative 
 
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/09/15 19:08:22 (permalink)
MFL, if large crowds, warm weather and sweat are your favorite things you really missed out today.
 
Monroe's square was really hopping (and still is, I'm sure) and we had some pretty good food, but the absolute highlight of the day was a visit to Marv's Farm Toys & Antiques (only open Saturdays).  I'd been unaware of it until Buddy said something, and it turned out to be a great way to spend about 45 minutes.  For those of us who grew up with Ertl, Tonka, Nylint, etc. in the days when toys were made with real metal and sharp edges here in the USA,  a visit to Marv's is like stepping into the Wayback Machine with the dial set to 50+ years ago.
 
Back on the street I saw a lot of people with a lot of beer, and I'm sure that tomorrow some of them will be regretting the choices they made today and tonight...right now my only regret is that I didn't eat more.
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/09/15 20:35:43 (permalink)

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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/09/16 13:30:00 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2018/09/16 14:29:13
Everyone loves a parade-Monroe Cheese Days 2018!
 

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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2018/09/17 16:18:04 (permalink)
These bovine ladies were present for the entire weekend at Cheese Days.  We saw them tethered up in a parking area on Saturday, pre-parade.  One of them was showing her contempt, voluminously, at being stuck on a hard concrete pad instead of roaming freely in a nice soft meadow.  Fortunately we we able to steer clear of the Yellow River without sullying our shoes, but it wasn't the most pleasant welcome to Cheese Days.
 
The rest of the day was more to our liking.  A good start, as always, with a Limburger Sandwich at Baumgartner's.  ScreamingChicken opted for their Smoked Brat Sandwich.  I could tell from the deep brown color, the smoky aroma, and the audible snap he'd made a good choice.  Now I was hankering for my own sausage sandwich, but wanted to move on to the local Turner Hall outpost.
 
Most Turner Halls followed a German aesthetic, but because of all the Swiss settlers in south central Wisconsin, Monroe's version looks more like a Swiss Chalet.  They had a couple of dining options once we got there.  We've found The Ratskellar restaurant inside to be slightly overpriced for the portions they serve.  A better value can be found in their Cheese Days only sidewalk cafe.  Four different sausages and a variety of good sides can be had for a just a few bucks.  Unfortunately, the flavor of our Smoked Sausage didn't live up to the standards set by Baumgartner's.  Lesson learned.  Next time, we start with a Limburger Sandwich AND the Smoked Sausage from Baumgartner's.
 
The rest of the day's food treats included Pork Tacos (I don't think it was Al Pastor) and Raclette over new potatoes, sprinkled with spring onions, mini-gherkins, and a squirt of Dijon mustard.
 
As the ChickenDude mentioned, we made a side trip into a back alley (literally) where we found Marv's Farm Toys and Antiques.  It was a fun stop, even for lifelong city boy like me.  HowlingYardbird, OTOH, was in heaven; transported back to his youth where he claims to have owned and operated a few of the vintage pieces on marv's shelves.  I was happy I could make him happy with this hidden gem.  Marv is quite the character and will bend your ear for a fair amount of time if you don't have an exit strategy, so if you're thinking about making a visit, be forewarned.
 
After circling the town square a couple of times we parted ways with HeWhoSquawksLikeBarnyardFowl and joined our daughter and SIL, abe_froeman & Mr. Maki who were there with friends.  The heat fatigue started to take its toll, so after a short time, we decided to move on.
 
After a short drive up the road we stopped for a highly recommended Burger at Cow & Quince in New Glarus, WI.  JRPfeff sent around this video to some of us, highlighting "8 Unique Wisconsin Cheeseburgers".  We were there on a "Burger Wars" Saturday when they feature four different Burger creations to compare and contrast.  Mrs. Roadhouse and I split an outstanding Burger featuring Balsamic Grilled Onions, a gorgeous slice of Heirloom Tomato, all smothered by a melted slab of Sartori's Montamoré Cheddar.  You could really taste the distinct, slightly gamy flavor; like high quality venison, of the grass fed, locally sourced beef.
 
I deferred to Mrs. Roadhouse's choice of a side salad instead of fries and didn't regret it.  It featured a beautiful mix of greens, topped with colorful garden veggies with a splash of light vinaigrette.  We also split a nice bowl of Corn Chowder.  I couldn't resist a scoop of the housemade Coffee Ice Cream for dessert.
 
This was a dandy year for Cheese Days.  Maybe a smidge hotter than we would have liked, but we were smart to come on Saturday and miss Sunday's festivities.  The crowds were still big, but at least we weren't smooshed up on the sidewalk to make room for The World's Longest, Slowest Parade.
 
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