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Live Music in Door County + Uncork Summer, Olde Ellison Bay Days & DC Renaissance Faire, June 25-29, 2014

POSTED ON June 24th  - POSTED IN Dining, Entertainment, News, Restaurant Guide, Special Events, Wines & Spirits

The end of June in Door County offers a new food and wine festival, lots of live music, and tons of summer fun! Check out Door County Chefs Live Music Calendar on Facebook to see who’s playing and where each day in Door County, including the Concerts in the Park and live music at Door County restaurants. Check out Door County Guide‘s blog “Uncork Summer at Olde Ellison Bay Days & Live Music, June 25-29, 2014” to find out what’s happening this weekend during Olde Ellison Bay Days which kicks off with the Liberty Grove Historical Society FISH BOIL, Thursday, June 26th from 4pm-8pm at the Viking Grill and includes a Saturday morning parade, the NEW Uncork Summer Food, Wine & Music Festival, and the Door County Renaissance Faire in Carlsville complete with jousts, face painting and henna, period music, and shopping for handcrafted items! 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014:

Arroyo Bay Grill

Uncork Summer at Wickman House June 28, 2014: Small Plate Dishes and Beverages Announced

wickmanLogoELLISON BAY, Door County, WI (June 12, 2014) — Door County North, the business association for northern Door County, Wisconsin, encompassing the Ellison Bay-Gills Rock region, has announced a partial list of the foods and beverages that will be served at the peninsula’s first county-wide food and wine festival, Uncork Summer, scheduled for June 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Click the following link to view, download, and print the UncorkSummer2014Map.

Uncork Summer will be located outdoors on the grounds of Wickman House, a highly-regarded restaurant on Mink River Road in Ellison Bay, and will feature 20 food booths, plus wines, ciders and craft beers. Local acoustic musicians will perform live music throughout the day. There is no admission fee to attend Uncork Summer. Tickets for individual small plate dishes and drinks are only $5 each.

Live Music & Festivities in Door County for Fyr Bal Weekend, June 20-22, 2014

POSTED ON June 20th  - POSTED IN coffee shop, Dining, Entertainment, News, Restaurant Guide, Special Events


This weekend is the 50th Annual Fyr Bal Festival in Ephraim with the main festivities on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Get acquainted with Ephraim on Friday, June 20, with a Free Historic Walking Tour from the Anderson Barn History Center at 10:30am, and enjoy Free Museum Day and Reception from 11am-4pm at Ephraim Village Museums.

Katie Dahl

Katie Dahl

On Saturday, June21, start the day off right with a Pancake Breakfast at the Village Hall, then check out the Artisan Market and the Yacht Club’s Fyr Ball Regatta, visit the Door County Land Trust’s Open House at their Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond, take a Free Trolley Ride, play a round of mini golf, and participate in an Ice Cream Eating or Pie Eating Contest! And there’s more – from face painting to children’s entertainment, to live music with Katie Dahl and Big Shoes, you’ll want to bring the whole family! The night heats ups up with the lighting of the bonfire at 8:30pm in which we burn the “Winter Witch” and then fireworks of Eagle Harbor at 9:30pm! Check out Ephraim Fyr Bal Festival ful schedule of events HERE.

The Taste and Tunes of Door County, WI June 12-15, 2014: Steel Bridge Songfest, DC Beer Fest, and Sip & Savor w/ Paddlefest

Get a taste and a tune in Door County this weekend! June 12-15, 2014 is Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay. This Saturday, June 14th is Sip & Savor with Paddlefest in Sister Bay, as well as Door County Beer Fest and the Ride For Nature in Baileys Harbor, and July 15th is Father’s Day – so bring Dad for all the festivities and toast to his health! Sample local beers, wines, and hard ciders, and treat the taste buds to dishes from a variety of local food vendors while you treat the ear buds to lots of live music. Skip the paisley tie this year and give Dad a six pack or two of a new brew or a few bottles of his favorite wine, and don’t forget that most of the musicians performing throughout the county this weekend sell CDs of their original music – which make great Father’s Day gifts too!


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The Tambourine Lounge, located next door to the Holiday Music Motel on 1st Ave. Sturgeon Bay, WI

Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay runs Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15, 2014. This is an astonishing festival in that all the musicians who perform volunteer their time, and those who participate in the “Construction Zone” (there are some 70 this year) spend the entire week prior to the festival spinning a whiskey bottle to form groups in which they co-write dozens upon dozens of original songs which they record at the Holiday Music Motel, then perform for audiences at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues.

CLICK HERE for the Steel Bridge Songfest Venue Line-Up of Performers!

Imperfect Strangers Headline Door County Beer Festival Stage June 14

POSTED ON June 6th  - POSTED IN Design, Entertainment, News, Special Events

DC Beer Festival 2014Baileys Harbor, WI (June 6, 2014): Evan Murdock and the Imperfect Strangers are bringing original country roots rock to the Door County Beer Festival stage June 14.

Murdock, who earned acclaim playing with Madison bands Lonesome Rogues and Kentucky Waterfalls before forming the Imperfect Strangers, describes his music as “Midwestern Americana with a pinch of sass.” Others have called his rock-tinged folk style “a playful version of old-school country.”

Evan Murdock of Imperfect Strangers

Evan Murdock of Imperfect Strangers

Murdock’s Imperfect Strangers consist of Aaron Jossart on accordion and vocals, Count This Penny vocalist Amanda Rigell, Ben Wolf on drums and Pat Logterman on bass.

June at Cupcake Heaven: Charity Partner is Family Centers of DC plus Live Music Saturdays w/ Marybeth Mattson

Lemon Short-cup-cakes!

Lemon Short-cup-cakes at Cupcake Heaven, Sister Bay, WI

While one doesn’t really need a good reason to eat cake, Cupcake Heaven in Sister Bay, Door County, Wisconsin has announced a few great reasons to visit them this June…

Cupcake Heaven’s charity partner in June is the Family Centers of Door County! The shop is donating a portion of all sales generated by their Shortcake Cupcakes (Strawberry, Raspberry or Lemon) during the month of June 2014. They are also a collection location for any gift items or monetary donations you wish to make to the Family Centers’ Children’s Christmas Stores (it is never too soon to start stocking those shelves!), and with your donation you can enter a drawing for a prize!

Memorial Weekend 2014 Activities, Events, Dining, Music and More!

POSTED ON May 20th  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, Entertainment, News, Restaurant Guide, Special Events

Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair 2014 posterOn the beautiful Door County Peninsula, Memorial Day Weekend is generally recognized as the true beginning of Summer! This year we are looking at a mostly sunny weekend with lows in the 50s and highs in the 60s (F), with a fairly minimal chance of rain –  perfect weather for a light jacket and lots of outdoor activities! This weekend is the Door County Festival of Nature – offering tons of educational and inspirational activities in nature, the Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair - wonderful for wandering and shopping outdoors, and Jacksonport’s 42nd Annual Maifest – complete with Midway fun and a parade!

Read on for live music, great places to enjoy a meal, and event details! If you haven’t booked your room yet, you’re in luck, Door County Lodging’s Last Minute Lodging Blog: Memorial Weekend 2014 will tell you who has rooms, suites, and rentals available for this weekend!

Ask a Chef May 2014: Making The Cookery’s Whitefish Chowder at Home!

POSTED ON May 15th  - POSTED IN Ask a DC Chef, Dining, dinner, fish boil, News, Recipes, Restaurant Guide

Question: How do you create a new recipe and reduce it for the home cook?

Door County Chef Carol Skare of The Cookery in Fish Creek answers…

One of the dishes on the menu at The Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Fish Creek, WI is a best seller and there isn’t a cherry in it! It’s Carol Skare’s Whitefish Chowder. Carol and her husband Dick think they’ve sold maybe a million gallons since they opened in 1977!

The Cookery's famous Whitefish Chowder

The Cookery Restaurant’s famous Whitefish Chowder

“We discovered whitefish was big in Door County so I created the chowder,” said Carol. “It was a customer favorite right away.”

What a Mom Needs: Mother’s Day Meals & More in Door County, 2014

DCCT Mothers Day 2014Treat your Mom this Mother’s Day with something delicious in Door County! From gifts  to desserts to sumptuous breakfasts, buffets, brunches, lunches and dinners, you’re sure to find flavors for any Mom’s taste. Make sure to download Door County Chefs FREE Mobile Dining App so you can check out menus, call for reservations, and get directions from wherever you are – to where you want to eat this weekend!

Check out our list below to find out where to bring Mom for an amazing and memorable Mother’s Day Meal, and where Mom will get complimentary Wine, Mimosas, Champagne, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, and even Breakfast! Scroll to the end for Door County Lodging’s Featured Mother’s Day Special and a link to lots more lodging specials this weekend and throughout May!

Rachel Lohman of Drink Coffee, Sister Bay Shares Her BLACK BEAST Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

POSTED ON April 15th  - POSTED IN Ask a DC Chef, coffee shop, Dining, News, Recipes

When we spoke with Rachel Lohman of Drink Coffee over the winter, she expressed her love of a flour-less chocolate cake called the BLACK BEAST. As promised, here is the recipe just in time for Easter weekend!

Drink Coffee will open for the Season in May 2014

Drink Coffee will open for the Season in May 2014

“You can add a sauce like a salted caramel or a fruit sauce. There’s a ganache over it. It’s the only desert I want for my birthday, or any special occasion,” Rachel says. So get creative with your toppings, decorate your Black Beast cake with Easter candy, fresh (edible) flowers, or keep it simple with fresh strawberries or a locally made cherry topping!

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