Wisconsin Honey Queen Hannah Sjostrom will join the Warrens Cranberry Festival Royalty in presenting honey and cranberry recipe demonstrations at this year’s Cranberry Blossom Day on Saturday, June 30.
Since being crowned in December, Sjostrom has been traveling the state, educating the public about beekeeping and promoting the honey industry in Wisconsin.
Cranberry Blossom Day begins at 9 a.m. with a free walking tour of the Wetherby Cranberry Company marsh led by third-generation cranberry grower Nodji Van Wychen.
Along with giving visitors a chance to see cranberry blossoms up close, Van Wychen will answer questions about how cranberries are grown and harvested, along with explaining how the cranberry got its name.
At 10 a.m. the program will move to the Van Wychens’ cranberry packing warehouse, where Warrens Cranberry Festival Queen Tatianna Briggs, along with Princesses Hannah Hogan and Lauren Von Arx, will join Sjostrom in preparing recipes featuring cranberries and honey.
Afterwards Van Wychen will give a tour of her family’s cranberry warehouse, where they sort and package fresh cranberries which are sold in upscale grocery stores in the Twin Cities and other Midwestern markets.
Following the program at the marsh, visitors can learn more about Wisconsin’s No.1 fruit crop at the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center. Housed in a historic cranberry warehouse in downtown Warrens, the nonprofit center is dedicated to educating the public about the state’s cranberry growing heritage.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Cranberry Discovery Center will be offering free admission to their exhibit hall. The Discovery Center will also debut five new flavors of cranberry ice cream made exclusively for the museum by Ranison Ice Cream of La Crosse.
“To help us feature our brand new cranberry themed flavored ice creams, the first 100 people to visit the center on Cranberry Blossom Day will receive a free scoop of ice cream,” said Director Kelly Murray.
Also during Cranberry Blossom Day, DnA Vintners of La Crosse will be offering samples of their award-winning cranberry wines from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Warrens Mall. Owner Diana Hobson will sample her newest cranberry wines, including Crangria which Hobson describes as a “sweet chocolate cranberry wine with a kiss of orange.”
The Warrens Mall also will be offering their Cranberry Chicken Pizza for lunch, as well as other pizza and sandwich options. Click here for a Cranberry Blossom Day flyer with directions to the Wetherby Cranberry marsh.
(Photo above of cranberry blossoms courtesy of Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association.)