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What is the one thing that could make a beer, wine and cheese festival better? Bacon and Bloody Marys to enjoy the morning after, of course.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival on Saturday, April 22, a day-after event, the Bacon Bloody Brunch, has been added. Started by City Brewery in 2003, the festival brings more than 4,000 visitors to the city, Explore La Crosse director of sports and events Jeremiah Burish said.

VIP admission to the festival will be from noon until 2 p.m. April 22, Burish said, with general admission running from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 in advance, and 800 tickets will be on sale for $40 at a kick-off party Friday night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Brick House in downtown La Crosse.

More than 100 vendors will be at the Festival, including 60 beer vendors from craft breweries from all over the United States. There also will be 20 wine and 20 cheese and meat vendors.

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“It is a great way to bring people into La Crosse,” Burish said. “It brings in people from over 25 states, and we sell out every year.”

Last year was the first the festival added meat vendors, Burnish said, and this year the number of companies continues to increase. There will be local breweries and wineries such as Pearl Street Brewery, Vernon Vineyards and Turtle Stack Brewery in attendance, along with national names such as Summit Brewing Co. and Boulder Beer.

This year’s Sunday morning brunch will include beer-based Bloody Mary and mimosa drinks, as well as bacon, pancakes and games for people to enjoy.

“We wanted to offer something more while we had this captive audience in town,” Burish said. “We decided to do the brunch to give people more to partake in.”

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Nathan Hansen has been the Education Reporter for the Tribune since 2014. Prior to that, he covered education, agriculture and business topics for the Winona Daily News. He is always on the lookout for news tips and can be contacted at 608-791-8234.

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Get real

it's frustrating that what could be a cool event turns into every other lacrosse festival...a drunk fest of binge drinking. the only way to make it worse is to add another day, because one day of binge drinking isn't enough

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