Saturday, September 10, 2022

With an annual attendance of more than 25,000 people, the 15th annual Fondue Fest comes in as the largest event in downtown. Three stages with all genres of music playing all day, a huge Kids Zone, art and craft vendors, Farmers Market vendors, cheese and chocolate fondue provided by MPTC Culinary students, car show and finale shows by Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts and Fat Joe’s Burgers and Brew.

Fondue Fest gives the downtown the opportunity to show their endurance, the strength of their friendships, and a chance to celebrate community in the downtown. Fondue Fest continues to be Fond du Lac’s largest one-day festival.

Fondue Fest Vendors
Fondue Fest Sponsors

Fondue!

Cheese and chocolate fondue is prepared by the Moraine Park Technical College Culinary Arts program will be available at 10:00.  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.

Fondue Brew!

Peanut Butter Porter

Lakefront Brewery has been crafting an honest day’s brew since 1987. Each year they feature a special Fondue Brew with the tapping of the Firkin at 12:00 at the Main Street Plaza Beer Tent.

Hotel Retlaw Giveaway

Stop over at the Historic Hotel Retlaw to enter to win a free overnight stay. Entries must be received between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Winner will be contacted by hotel Retlaw staff.

North Music Stage

Presented by Festival Foods & KFIZ

     

9:00 a.m

7000apart

Husband and wife pop duo with a high school love story and an inspiring presence. 7000apart have been featured on Sweeden’s Got Talent and have won the WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award for Best New Artist.

7000apart Website

11:30 a.m.

Kyle Megna Duo

Best seen live, they feed off the vibe of the crowd as well as each other. Their “dark-indie-blues-folk-rock feel” is a magnetic force that’s ever-charged with surges of creativity and artistic experimentation. Fused with a healthy dose of spontaneity and humor, the Kyle Megna Duo channel can’t-get-enough energy that’s good for the soul.

Kyle Megna Duo Website

2:30 p.m.

The Rhythm Kings

Fresh out of Milwaukee, The Rhythm Kings are the premier dance band to keep the crowd dancing all night long. Featuring songs from a wide variety of genres like The Beatles, Earth Wind & Fire, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, Journey and the Zak Brown Band.

The Rhythm Kings Website

South Music Stage

Presented by 107.1 The Bull

9:00 a.m

Mostly Water Trio

An eclectic original and spontaneous cover band that plays the best music from any era. From The Animals, to Petty, from Janis to Miranda, Mostly Water will keep you moving all night long!

Mostly Water Website

11:30 a.m.

Hold Em High

Hold ‘Em High is an exciting new duo out of Milwaukee. Covering Rock and Country from the oldies to today. Zakk and Alex offer up a new brand of duo that hasn’t been seen yet in southeastern Wisconsin. Hold Em High most recently rocked it at the Night Market!

Hold Em High Website

2:30 p.m.

TAE & The Neighborly

Tae & The Neighborly are a Wisconsin based soul, pop, R&B group. Critics hail the group as ‘having more kick than a bagged up mule’ and that their live shows ‘go down smoother than a can of beans warmed on the campfire’.

Tae & The Neighborly Website

Additional Music

Fat Joe’s Music Stage

11:00 – Seth James Trio

2:00 – The Playlist

* Packers Tickets Giveaway*

6:00 – The Love Monkeys

18 Hands Ale Haus & Biergarten

3:00 – Keegan Sweeny

7:00 – Jimmy Z

Top Shelf Bar & Grill Patio

11:00 – Comin In Hot

2:30 – Kip Jones

6:00 – Until Dawn

9:00 – Brent Bel & The Boys

THELMA Fondue Fest Finale!

Blue Cheese Combo

The Blue Cheese Combo is Wisconsin’s coolest new musical tour de force that promises to get you dancing and having fun! Whatever your musical taste, The Blue Cheese Combo will satisfy you. Featuring former members of local favorites RPM, Boogie & The Yoyoz, and Spicy Tie Band. The Blue Cheese combo combines together amazing piano chops, world class bass guitar licks and the grooviest of drumbeats along with stellar lead vocals and harmonies to bring the music you know and love to life in both a unique and incredibly entertaining way. The song list encompasses everything from audience favorites from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s to today’s best pop and rock hits.

Fond du Lac Festivals – MINI-FESTIVALS

Building community through events

Fond du Lac Festivals is partnering with Fondue Fest to highlight each of their four core festivals on Main Street Plaza!  Come downtown to relive your favorite moments from Walleye Weekend, Sturgeon Spectacular, Bags Fest & Taste of Fond du Lac! Please visit www.fdlfestivals.com for more information.
Walleye Weekend – Fish pond & Family Land activities
Sturgeon Spectacular – Mini ‘Snow’ Sculptures, table-top curling & kids activities
Bags Fest – Mini bags games & passive play
Fondue Feast Challenge – Eating Competition

Kids Zone – U.S. Bank Parking Lot

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Kids Zone is located in the U.S. Bank parking lot located at the intersection of Sheboygan Street and Portland Street. TNT Fitness returns to Fondue Fest offering a fitness challenge to kids and families. Cristo Rey Ranch will also be set up on Sheboygan Street with their family favorite Petting Zoo.

     

Fondue Fest Information & Map

Fondue Fest Photo Gallery