Did you know May is Beef Month in Wisconsin? As beef enthusiasts across the state put on their aprons and click their grilling tongs, Wisconsin Beef Council invite you to join us for a celebration of the farmers, truck drivers, meat processors, chefs, beef customers and more who are a crucial part of Wisconsin’s heritage, economy, and future.

The first-ever Beef Fest is open for everyone at the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center in Manitowoc on Saturday, May 20. The Wisconsin Beef Council is partnering with Wisconsin Farm Bureau and Farm Wisconsin for a day filled with interactive activities, opportunities to learn, and, of course, BEEF!

Beef Fest runs from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. with some key activities for all ages. First, there will be the 3rd Annual Burgers & Buns Fun Run! This 5K run/walk loops you back to the discovery center where you can enjoy a free beef burger or hotdog as well as free entry to all of the exhibits if you took part in the race! All proceeds from the fun run will be donated to Feeding Wisconsin to purchase beef for families in need. In 2022, the race raised $4,500 for the cause.

Once everyone crosses the finish line, there will be a brief awards ceremony (did we mention the overall winner earns a $50 beef gift certificate?). Then at 11:30 a.m., Wayne Lautsbaugh and his family from Crescent Meats will lead Beef Festers in a Sausage Making 101 demonstration. During this interactive workshop, Wayne will show us what it looks like to make sausage in their Cadott meat plant. Then, they will teach us how to make our own beef snack sticks, hot dogs, or summer sausage at home.

The excitement doesn’t end there. You can meet cows in the birthing barn, learn about how cattle are cared for and what they eat from a local livestock nutrition consultant, master the cowboy’s lasso, craft your own ear tag and talk about why they are used for raising cattle, hear about all of the products cows help us make, and more!

We hope you’ll join us at Beef Fest! To stay up to date on more May Beef Month events, recipes, and farmer features, visit beeftips.com!