Fondue Fest Schedule
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., September 8, 2018
Enjoy a celebration that includes music & activities for all ages.
Cheese and chocolate fondue is prepared by the Moraine Park Technical College Culinary Arts program. The Culinary Arts program offers students many opportunities to enter and advance in the hospitality industry. Students receive hands-on, practical experience in all aspects of food preparation and production.
Every year, between 70-90 pounds of cheese is melted into a delicious fondue recipe which also features several other ingredients like apple cider. Over 200 loaves of Artisan bread are baked by Tom Endejan and 3,000 portions of cheese and chocolate fondue are sold in one day!
New in 2018, we're welcoming a second fondue site! The Fond du Lac Optimist Club will be serving two additional varieties of fondue at their site on the corner of 1st and Main!
Be sure to make at least one, if not many, stops at the fondue tents!
Fondue Eating Contests!
We're challenging you to eat fondue as fast as you can. Winners will receive a trophy and a $50 downtown gift certificate courtesy of Hawkins Violin Shop.
11 AM - Chocolate Fondue Eating Contest
Participants race to finish one serving a chocolate fondue with strawberries and cookies to dip. We're expecting you to lick your plate clean!
2 PM - Cheese Fondue Eating Contest
Participants race to finish one serving a cheese fondue served in a bread bowl. Cheese and bowl must all be gone before you can be done!
To get details and sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org
Three Stages of Live Music
The Young Professionals of FDL North Stage
9:00 J. Ryan Trio
11:30 Saturday June Band
2:30 Armchair Boogie
The McClone Insurance South Stage
9:00 Remington's Ride
2:30 The 308s
The THELMA Fondue Fest Finale
5 p.m. Marcell Guyton and the Rhythm Kings
The Cujak's Coffee Bar Kids Zone (open 9-2)
The Kids Zone serves up family fun, where kids and families enjoyed food, games and more. Located down Sheboygan Street and in the US Bank Parking Lot, it will be packed with fun!
- FDL Urban Adventure Obstacle Course from TNT Adventure and the FDL Area United Way.
- Rock Climbing Wall
- YMCA Bouncy Obstacle Course
- Petting Zoo
- Carnival Games from Grace Christian Church
- Balloon Animals from Sunshine the Clown
- StoryTime Corner
BIG Splash & Dash - 5K
Presented by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County
8:00 a.m. Registration in Veteran's Park;
9:00 a.m. Fun Run;
9:15 a.m. Fun Walk
Participants in the Big Splash and Dash 5K will be splashed with water balloons, by some of the “Big and Little” matches in the program, that will be scattered throughout the race! (Participants may opt-out of being splashed.) The race begins and ends at Veterans Park. Come splash, dash, and have a blast!
FDL County Civil War Memorial Dedication
The Fond du Lac County Union Soldiers Monument was erected in 1902, but was never formally dedicated. The Union Soldier on the top of the monument faced east until trees grew too tall and blocked the view of his face. The soldier was turned to face west in the middle of the century, despite objections that all Civil War monuments should face east toward the location of the war. With the trees recently removed, the soldier has been returned to his proper east facing orientation and will be officially dedicated for the first time since it was erected 116 years ago. Join local historians, Dr. Richard Whaley, Herman Bender, and Sally Powers-Albert as they dedicate the statue from the McClone Insurance South Stage at 10:45 a.m.
2nd Annual Cheese & Quackers 500
Sponsored by Street Pedalers LLC
All proceeds benefit Salute the Troops, Inc.
Head to the Fond du Lac River at 10 a.m. to watch the annual rubber duck race! Each duck is adopted by a local ticket holder and the owner of the winning duck receives a cash prize!
Find ticket sale location here!
Classics Plus Ltd Car Show
Division Street will be feature more than 20 classic cars from 1972 and earlier courtesy of Classics Plus Ltd.
Volunteers are needed to help out at the festival. We are looking for help in areas such as:
“Floater” – (Shifts available all day) walk around the festival and note areas that need to be addressed. i.e. Vendor is aggressive, trash is too full, litter in street, etc. Floaters will also probably receive random questions from attendees, so good to be an extrovert!
“Barricade mover” – (Shift from 4:30-6:30) move barricades aside for vendors as they exit and then return them to their position to avoid any public vehicles accessing the festival area before the vendors are torn down.
“Information Booth” – (Afternoon shift available) Provide information at the Information Booth, check IDs and give wristbands, give relief to the one staff person that sits there ALL day :)
“Candid Photographer” – (lowest priority and can be done with any other jobs) take pictures and post them to social media using event hastags #fonduefest and #downtownfdl
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Fondue Fest sign up at fondyvolunteers.com