If you tend to only think about cranberries during the holidays, it’s time to expand your horizons to the Warrens Cranberry Fest!
Warrens Cranberry Fest
Every September, on the last full weekend of the month, the otherwise-small town of Warrens, WI, swells to more than 100,000 visitors who come for three days of shopping, tours, food, and fun at the world’s largest cranberry festival. This unique celebration kicks off the cranberry harvest season with lots to do and lots to look forward to; plus, it is a short one-hour drive from Westby! Here’s a peek at some of the things we love most about the Warrens Cranberry Festival.
More than 800 arts and crafts vendors and more than 300 antique and flea market vendors come from across the nation to open their booths along a three-mile stretch of road. You’ll find beautiful works of art, quality hand-crafted items, and one-of-a-kind antiques. Live music will serenade you as you shop, and there’s plenty of opportunities for refreshment along the way. Which leads us to the next thing…
The Warrens Cranberry Fest is a farmers market and food truck plaza rolled into one! More than two hundred food vendors will showcase the best Wisconsin has to offer in farm-to-market produce, as well as delicious food and drink, from summer sausage to curly fried potatoes to the cheese curds Wisconsin is famous for. There’s also a spaghetti dinner, a steak fry, and a pancake breakfast. You definitely won’t leave hungry!
First, the cranberry marsh tours are a must (and get your tickets as soon as you can)! Tours leave every ten minutes between 8-3 on Friday and Saturday. The tour lasts about an hour, and these working farms will help you get up close and personal with the berries. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase fresh berries, cranberry wine, and other unique cranberry products. There’s also plenty of contests to enter, too. This might be your big chance to win the pie-eating contest, and check out the winners of the quilt, vegetable, photography, and biggest berry contest! Kids and adults alike will enjoy the big parade on Sunday, as well as interacting with the cranberry royalty.
If You Play in Warrens, Stay in Westby
After you spend your day touring the marshes, indulging in delicious food, and playing with your loved ones, we invite you back to the Westby House Inn for the indulgence of comfort and luxury. Our well-appointed rooms were created with your relaxation in mind, and our daily gourmet breakfast will start each morning off on the right foot. For more great inspiration as you plan your trip to our area, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide. We would love to be your hosts for an incredible trip to the Driftless area of Wisconsin!