This past Friday in the Dreyfus University Center,
students were able to take a mouthwatering look at our Wisconsin heritage at
the annual event aptly titled Taste of Wisconsin.
“Taste of Wisconsin is an annual event that showcases
different food and drink lines from around the state,” said Operations
Coordinator Myriah Otto. “The main purpose is educational, to show people
what’s being made here in Wisconsin.”
Otto explained that the event is a longtime University
of Wisconsin- Stevens Point tradition, which was started almost fifteen years
ago and has grown considerably since.
“The event first started in 1998 showcasing the Stevens
Point Brewery, but currently we’re up to 32 different vendors, which is
probably the biggest the event will ever be,” Otto said.
Deanna Deisling, a UWSP alumnus who has organized Taste
of Wisconsin in the past, returned on Friday and was pleased with this year’s
showcase and its turnout.
“Everything is super well organized, and the turnout
actually exceeded my expectations,” Deisling said. “There’s quite a few
breweries here that I didn’t think we’re able to get here.”
Kurt White, also a returning alumnus, shared a similar
“I’m all about Wisconsin,” said White. “I love
supporting my home state, and I think it’s pretty sweet that UWSP students have
this kind of opportunity so close to home.”
Claire Riordan, a junior at UWSP, was also pleased with
“I really like beer,” said Riordan. “I’m a home-brewer
myself, so it’s a lot of fun to be able to talk to the other brewers and get
their take on things.”
Taste of Wisconsin also serves as a valuable marketing
event for the attending vendors, especially those whose products may not
normally reach Stevens Point students.
Marc Buttera, the president and founder of the locally
run Oso’s Brewing Co., has been attending the event for two years now and said
that he “wouldn’t miss it.”
“Tonight’s been just great,” Buttera said. “We’re
getting a lot of people who are getting to try our stuff for the first time—
hopefully, they’ll like it and continue to buy from us in the future.”
According to Otto, students should make every effort to
attend Taste of Wisconsin in the future, as it is fun, educational, and
“Twenty dollars may seem like a lot at first, but when
you look at all you’re getting, you realize it really is worth the money,” Otto
said. “It’s educational and a good way to drink socially and have fun.”