Cranberry Fest Experience

Craving Cranberries?

The Eagle River area has the cranberry cure! Instead of Cranberry Fest the first weekend in October, the area is ripe for a self-guided Cranberry Experience. Our hard-working farmers are in the midst of producing thousands of pounds of cranberries and they need people to enjoy them this fall.

Similar to the versatile cranberry, our neck of the woods knows how to celebrate Wisconsin’s number one fruit export in more than one way! (Did you know that cranberries can be eaten raw or cooked or baked or jammed or juiced or fermented – and more?) Instead of joining the throngs of people who attend Cranberry Fest each year, tourists have a chance to take in the sights – and tastes – of cranberries at their own leisure.

Check out what you and the family can do this fall in the Eagle River area! If you can’t make it, consider looking at our favorite cranberry recipes to make a cranberry dish at home.

Go on a Cranberry Harvest Tour

Want to see where all of those flavorsome cranberries come from? Lake Nokomis will be harvesting another huge cranberry crop this September and October. While it’s fun to see cranberries get rounded up in flooded fields, the fruit doesn’t actually grow in the water. Learn fun facts about cranberries while on a harvest tour. Lake Nokomis will continue harvest tours of its marsh with patron safety in mind. And don’t forget to purchase fresh cranberries to eat or try some cranberry wine during a free tasting (if 21 years old or older).

Eat and Drink Delicious Cranberries

Local businesses will offer plenty of opportunities to consume cranberries this fall, too. Eagle River area grocers like Trig’s and Pick ‘N Save are already beginning to stock a variety of cranberry goods in their aisles to satisfy those cranberry cravings. Tribute Brewing Company is coming out with a fresh batch of Frostwatch, it’s special seasonal brew to pay homage to the area’s love of cranberries. If you like eating or drinking cranberries, Eagle River has a place with your favorite.

Support Eagle River Businesses

The Eagle River area won’t be able to welcome 40,000 people this year like Cranberry Fest normally brings, so downtown businesses are finding unique ways to highlight cranberries and their own goods and services this fall. The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is offering Craisins – a dried tart/sweetened cranberry – and cranberry-related souvenirs. Other businesses are finding ways to incorporate cranberries into food, crafts, and even services. You can help support your favorite Eagle River business by visiting them in person or purchasing goods and services online.

The Eagle River Cranberry Experience

Don’t let 2020 leave a sour taste in your mouth. Leave that acidic, lip-smacking tartness to Eagle River area cranberries! Or just add some sweetness for a truly savory cranberry experience.

Cranberry Fest Vendors

Local Favorite Cranberry Recipes

Craisin Walnut Cookies

Kevin Rietveld, Bakery Director at Trig’s


2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened

¾ cup granulated sugar

¾ cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups/12 ounces local craisins

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


Heat oven to 375. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in craisins and nuts, if using. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Cranberry Walnut Relish
Cranberry Orange Glaze
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