International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival

Ginseng Week in Marathon County

September 15th-21st, 2019

While the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival is in an off year in 2019, there will still be opportunities to experience the world of ginseng! We are putting on the first ever Ginseng Week, which will be a chance to experience the flavors of ginseng at local restaurants and bars, as well as visit local ginseng producers to better understand the process of growing this unique crop. As we finalize restaurant participants we will publish them here as well as on Facebook. We will also post a schedule and sign up information for ginseng field tours when those become available.

If you are a restaurant or business interested in participating in Ginseng Week, please email Carly at ginseng@visitwausau.com

Sign up for Ginseng Farm Tours during Ginseng Week here - 6 different time slots available!

Ginseng Week Restaurant Participants:

La Prima
 Honey Ginger-Ginseng Glazed Salmon
 Pumpkin-Ginseng Spice Cake
Sport Tea with Ginseng
 Herbal Ginseng Soup
Chicken with Traditional Vegetables, Ginseng & Ginger
Sconni's Alehouse & Eatery Ginseng Infused Bubble Tea
 Spicy Soba Bowl with Ginseng Infused Broth
Malarkey's Pub/Townies Grill

 Ginseng Whiskey Cocktail

Chinese Herbal Ginseng Chicken Soup
Ginseng Green Tea Refresher (w/ vodka or gin)
Raspberry Ginseng Iced Tea
Ginseng Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup
Ginseng Teriyaki Burger

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 18-20th, 2020

The festival is taking a break in 2019 but only to prepare and come back bigger than ever in 2020!

We would like to thank all of our sponsors and community partners as part of the 2018 festival. Details are in the works for 2020 and will be released as more information is available.  We look forward to seeing everyone again at the 3rd International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival! 

If you would like to be a part of the 2020 International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival please contact us at ginseng@visitwausau.com.  We have plenty of sponsorship opportunities available as well as vendor and community partner opportunities. 

This multi-faceted event has broad appeal, with agricultural, culinary, educational, historical, arts, and entertainment aspects being showcased.  The festival also features multicultural aspects, as the Hmong and Native American communities have significant influences on ginseng production.  By working closely with the Native American liaison as well as the local Hmong American Center, the festival will incorporate elements such as traditional dance, foods, and the history of ginseng within their cultures. 

The first two years of the Ginseng Festival were a hit! From digging a ginseng root to trying the food and beverage, festival goers were able to immerse all their senses in ginseng.  The festival hub was located in downtown Wausau at the 400 block.  There you could find vendors, food, beverages, non-stop entertainment, art, and much more.  However, the festival extended beyond this area reaching county wide.  Attendees were able to travel to ginseng fields to experience digging a ginseng root, visit the 45 x 90 geographical marker, head to Fromm Farm to learn about how ginseng farming began in Wisconsin, or catch a cooking demonstration at the local Robert W. Monk Gardens in their outdoor catering kitchen.  The festival brought together the community with something for everyone, and also gave international guests a chance to experience Midwestern hospitality and see how the ginseng operations work.

For a full image gallery from the 2017 International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival Click Here

For a full image gallery from the 2018 International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival Click Here

Guests listening intently to the history of Ginseng at Fromm Farm.
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