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Fair on the Square Saturday will feature farm-to-table cooking demonstrations from local and TV chefs in downtown Baraboo

May 10, 2018 GMT

This weekend’s Fair on the Square in downtown Baraboo will offer a chance to not only purchase fresh produce, but also learn how to prepare it.

In addition to the farmers market, the biannual festival will feature several farm-to-table cooking demonstrations led by local and television chefs. Inga Witscher from PBS’s “Around the Farm Table,” chef Ace Champion from the “Cook Like A. Champion” TV series and Susan Holding of Little French Bakery in North Freedom are slated to deliver cooking presentations on the courthouse square.

“Everyone loves farm-to-table demonstrations and knowing where their food is coming from,” said Downtown Baraboo Inc. event coordinator Mary Hultman. “This area really supports farmers markets and fresh produce, so it really fits right in.”

Holding’s demonstration will focus on using early spring vegetables from the garden to create a savory brunch. Dishes might include spring salad, radishes and waffles, but details are still being worked out, she said.

Downtown Baraboo Inc. hosts artists, crafters, entertainers and food vendors on the courthouse square for the festival each spring and fall. About 190 artisans are expected Saturday, the most in the event’s almost 30-year history.

“It has gotten a lot bigger,” Hultman said, adding that the streets will be filled with artisans selling their work from Broadway to Ash streets. “We actually had to turn quite a few away because it’s such a popular event.”

Fair on the Square also will include live music from local artists and plenty of entertainment for kids. WRPQ will broadcast the action from the corner of Oak and 3rd streets, and “Discover Wisconsin” crews will film the event as well.

During Fair on the Square, Celebrating the Women of Baraboo also will host a social event from 10 a.m. to noon at Spa Serenity. The social media campaign honors prominent women in the community. Organizers hope to take a group photo of all the nominees.

With the diverse lineup of activities, Downtown Baraboo Inc. Vice President Lacy Steffes said Fair on the Square is a great way to spend Mother’s Day weekend.

“You can take time to eat lunch on the courthouse lawn while the kids play with bubbles,” she said. “Those kinds of experiences and seeing how people enjoy being downtown are really the best part.”