Monday, June 28, 2010

Food & Sustainability at the Kickapoo Country Fair (and a giveaway)

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks for playing ***

We're getting pretty excited about an event coming up here in Wisconsin during the month of July.

Now in its seventh year, the Kickapoo Country Fair is the Midwest's largest organic food and sustainability festival.

The event is held in La Farge, Wisconsin, which is nestled among the ancient hills of the Kickapoo Valley. For those of you who aren't familiar with La Farge, it's located about an hour from LaCrosse, 90 minutes from Madison, about 3 hours from Milwaukee, and around 5 hours from Chicago. The scenic Highway 14 (which leads to La Farge) meanders west through the rolling hills and valleys of the Driftless Area -- one of the prettiest passages in Wisconsin. And the fair itself is a signature event of the Midwest alternative food movement.

It's the place to be if you're interested in organic food, sustainable agriculture, regional food sheds and just plain good eating. Sponsored by the fast-growing farmers co-op known as Organic Valley, the fair is both celebratory and educational.

Held July 24-25, 2010 on the grounds of Organic Valley headquarters, Kickapoo Country Fair will bring together thousands of attendees for two fun-packed days of food, music, bike and farm tours, cooking demonstrations, theater, kids' activities, dancing, author readings, and speakers—all offered at an affordable price for families.

The heart of the fair is the Kickapoo Kitchen Tent, where fairgoers can participate in hands-on workshops, learn cooking techniques from chefs, meet Organic Valley farmers and sample free food all weekend long. If they're still hungry, organic food from local farmers and restaurants will be available to satisfy even the most adventurous and discerning of foodies, from organic Jamaican jerk chicken to organic fruit smoothies and organic maple cotton candy. Of course, there will also be tastings of local Wisconsin beers and cheeses.

Sound good?
Well, thanks to the generosity of the people over at Organic Valley, we've been given the opportunity to host a giveaway.

We'll be giving away TWO Prizes -- one for those interested in attending the Kickapoo Country Fair, and one for those of you who may NOT be able to attend.
  1. For readers in the Midwest, we'll be offering up FOUR (4) tickets to attend the Kickapoo Country fair on July 24-25, 2010 (a $40 value).
  2. For readers who do not live in the Midwest, or who cannot attend, Organic Valley has graciously provided us with five coupons for free Organic Valley products (a $50 value), and an Organic Valley reusable shopping bag.
You can gain up to THREE entries for the giveaway by doing the following:
  1. Leave a comment below telling us either 1) why you'd like to attend the Kickapoo Country Fair (if you'd like to be entered to win tickets to the fair) OR 2) what your favorite Organic Valley product is, and why you love it (if you cannot attend or would prefer the coupons).
  2. Visit and "LIKE" the the Kickapoo Country Fair on Facebook -- and then come back and leave us a comment telling us you're a fan!
  3. Start following Organic Valley on Twitter -- be sure to come back and leave us a comment letting us know that you're officially a follower!
BONUS ENTRY: Win an additional entry by tweeting:
Win 4 FREE tickets to @OrganicValley's Kickapoo Country Fair: #burpgiveaway

The contest ends on July 6th at NOON (CST) when we will pick two random winners, one for the Kickapoo Country Fair tickets and one for the free Organic Valley product coupons and shopping bag.

We will be contacting the winners by email, so be sure you leave us your email addy if you don't have it listed on your blog or blogger profile.

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  1. Hi Guys!

    Just started following Organic Valley on Twitter!

    Also, I love their chocolate Milk! (And I'm generally not a big milk lover.)


    PS. Can't make the fair but would love the coupons.

  2. Thanks!
    We can't wait to meet your winners!

  3. We drink Organic Valley milk exclusively! And the fair sounds really interesting.

  4. I definitely think that I could talk J into going... Plus I'm sure that I can round up a couple others to come to fair. Sounds like a great time!

  5. Oh - we love the Kickapoo Country Fair. We want to go for the workshops/chats, the beautiful views, and the good music and food. My boys want to go back for the great kids tent, fun shows, and of course the maple cotton candy. :)

  6. A few years ago my friends and I decided to camp in the Kickapoo River Valley for it's beauty and fresh air...little did we know that the Kickapoo Country Fair was right around the corner! It was the best surprise we could have gotten and made our camping trip extra special. This year, we are finally able to get our schedules aligned again, and can't wait to come back to the fair!

  7. ps-if I win, email me at I'm a fan on facebook, too!

  8. I had to miss this last year, so I'm excited to get a chance to party down with you all this year ;)

  9. It would be great to be able to bring my husband to the KCF this year. Last year I was a volunteer in the kitchen tent. Awesome company. And they're my neighbors!

  10. Oh, it sounds like so much fun but of course we are in Seattle that weekend!

  11. My hubby and I will be in the La Crosse area that weekend. We'd love to visit the fair, check out the hands-on workshops, and just support regional food/sustainable agriculture efforts in general!

  12. We have visited the Kickapoo County fair for the last 2 years. We love the scenery out there (lush hills and valleys, and fields of sunflowers). We like to learn more about alternate energy, so the vendors are interesting. We also like to look and buy unusual handmade jewelry and artwork. We absolutely loved the enertainment last year, Brett Dennen was fantastic, the night was so beautiful with the distant storm clouds and rainbow. So, we look forward to having a wonderful weekend again at the Kickapoo County Fair :)

  13. I am a facebook fan!

  14. I am a Facebook fan, Kickapoogian, I would like to say that when your post was looking to make 800 fans by the weekend, I suggested your page to all my friends! Always attend Fair and encourage others to do so!

  15. Love the KCF! Good food, entertainment, kid's activities, info. And of course, in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

  16. The question is, why would I NOT want to attend the Kickapoo fair? This would be a dream come true!

  17. I'm a facebook fan (anna anderson)

  18. following on twitter (happy_haylee_3)

  19. tweeted:

  20. As a fellow WI foodie, I love your blog.

    So excited for Kickapoo Country Fair! Michael Perry and Miles Nielsen?! Awesome.

    I'm a fan of Kickapoo Country Fair on FB, too!

  21. Oops, my email is

  22. We're big fans of Organic Valley milk b/c our toddler loves it.

  23. I follow Organic Valley on twitter (I'm @prizealert)

  24. I'm following them on Twitter! Would love the tix. Thanks for this giveaway.

  25. Would love the Organic Valley Wonderous Coupons!
    LOVE your Blog and Recipes!!!

  26. The KCF is always a good time: food, music, people... This year has the fantastic added bonus of TEMPLE GRANDIN!! We are so excited!


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