State wins dairy awards
Wisconsin claimed 40 percent of the awards at the recent World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest in Madison. They included the Cheese and Butter Grand Champion Award that was given to Woolrich Dairy in Lancaster for its wild blueberry vanilla goat milk cheese.
The state took 87 ribbons of the 219 total. Twenty-three Wisconsin cheese companies took home first place ribbons and many were multiple award winners.
New York ranked second in total number of awards, winning 23.
The contest attracted a record 720 entries in a large array of dairy product categories including cheese, butter, fluid milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, sour cream, sherbet, cultured milk, sour cream dips, whipping cream, dried whey and creative/innovative products.
The competition attracted dairy processors throughout North America plus a small number from Europe.
Complete results of the contest, sponsored by Wisconsin Dairy Products Association, are posted on worlddairyexpo.com.
Is pink the new orange? The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds breast cancer research, is releasing a new variety of pink-skinned pumpkins available this fall, just in time for October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A portion of sales of each pumpkin will go toward cancer research organizations.
The pink-skinned pumpkins, called Porcelain Dolls, will be available this month at Waldvogel’s Pumpkin Farm near Rolling Prairie in Dodge County.
The new pumpkins are part of the foundation’s national campaign, “Pink Pumpkins on Your Porch – Let’s Unite Against Breast Cancer.” The campaign is designed to encourage consumers to join the fight against breast cancer by placing pink pumpkins on their porches and in their homes as a part of their Halloween and autumn decor.
Waldvogel’s Farm is located on Country Road I, just 1 ¼ miles north of Hwy 33, between Beaver Dam and Horicon.
Halloween beer on tap
Old Chicago, 7202 Mineral Point Road, is featuring eight seasonal beers, available through Halloween.
The Madison location will have New Holland Dragon’s Milk, OC Blood Orange Wheat, Newcastle Werewolf, Woodchuck Seasonal Cider, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Widmer Brothers Pitch Black IPA, Rogue Dead Guy and Wychwood Hobgoblin.
Anyone 21 and older can sign up to become a World Beer Tour member at Old Chicago. Members who complete the Halloween “mini tour” by sampling all eight beers will receive a mini tour T-shirt with glow-in-the-dark Halloween graphics.
Old Chicago, which specializes in Chicago-style pizzas, has 95 restaurants operating in 22 states.