The 45th annual Warrens Cranberry Festival, the world’s largest cranberry festival, will be held September 22 - 24, 2016. Since its humble beginnings, attendance has grown from around 500 people to over 100,000!
There’s something for everyone at Cranfest, from shopping and food to crafts and entertainment, including the well-loved Cranfest parade (held Sunday). Be sure to stop in and see us at the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center while you’re “festing!”
More detailed information about Cranfest can be found at www.cranfest.com.
Start your day at the Wetherby Cranberry Company marsh. Their walking tours during the Public Harvest Day gives visitors a chance to see cranberries being harvested whether there is rain, shine or snow. They set aside several beds each year for this occasion and try to show several different stages of harvesting taking place. You will be able to take pictures and videos of cranberries being harvested and have all your cranberry questions answered. Family members of the Wetherby Cranberry Company will be your personal guides to explain what you are seeing and answer all other questions you have. The packaging warehouse will be open and fresh cranberries will be available to be purchased. Tour costs $5.00 per person.
Following your tour of the Wetherby Cranberry Company head to the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, housed in a historic cranberry sorting warehouse. Catch the aroma of cranberries… as you see, touch and taste Wisconsin’s No. 1 fruit crop. The Discovery Center’s 4,800-square foot exhibit hall details the history of the state’s cranberry industry from the days when Native Americans gathered fruit in the wild to today’s unique growing and harvesting methods. Items on display include a 150-year-old dugout canoe found on a nearby cranberry marsh, a log cabin used by a local carpenter for making cranberry hand rakes and one of the first cranberry harvesting machines. Our vintage ice cream parlor area offers handmade artisan ice cream with five different flavors featuring cranberries. The boutique gift shop offers Wisconsin-made gourmet food products, cranberry glass, artwork by area artists, and products to assist you in creating a personalized gift basket. We also offer daily wine tastings of over 15 different cranberry wines. Specials throughout the Center will be offered this day.
Cranberry is usually our favorite berry AND color, but today we’re all about the blaze orange! It’s the Wisconsin hunting opener, so we’re celebrating with “blazing” good deals. Orange craisins, cranberry orange wine and more on sale. Pop a blaze orange balloon in-store for special discounts on your purchase and a chance to win special prizes. In addition, we’ll have gift basket wrappers ready to help make your gift purchase look spectacular. (1 free gift wrap with every $35 purchase, while supplies last.) We’ll be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. so stop by to see us!
Forget “Black Friday” and make today a “Cranberry Friday!” We’ll have wine tastings, gourmet cranberry food product samples. Pop a cranberry colored balloon for special discounts on your purchase AND a chance at special prizes! Open 10 am – 4 pm.
Go big by shopping small today – It’s Small Business Saturday and we’re open for business! Stop in for product samples and pick up some gifts for friends and family. Free gift basket wrapping on purchases of $35 or more, while supplies last. (1 free gift wrap per $35 purchase) Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Our annual Holiday Open House is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd! We will be featuring ranberry wine tastings and we will offer many ideas for feasting with cranberries this holiday season. Gift basket wrapping will also be available, free with each $35 purchase. Join us as we celebrate the season with cranberries and cranberry products!