Rain = No Brat Fest (Recipe: Buttermilk Pie)

So, Kim and I were supposed to go to Brat Fest this weekend.  Except that it rained pretty much all weekend, and when it wasn’t raining, I was working.  Awesome.


Over Memorial Day weekend Madison hosts the famous World’s Largest Brat Fest!   Brat Fest is 4 days filled with music, food and fun in the heart of downtown Madison. Kim and I were even going to attempt some of the carnival rides!  (Before eating a brat of course!) Celebrating the start of summer, the festival is full of juicy Johnsonville brats, Oscar Mayer Hotdogs and Field Roast frankfurters which wouldn’t be complete without being smothered in mustard and sweet relish, kraut and onions. And don’t worry, beer is involved.

Music is literally lined up all day:  10am to 9pm.

There is also a 5K and 10K walk/run, fireworks, henna, carnival, Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile, Budweiser Clydesdales, rock climb and boot camp!  Craziness!

Want to know some wild Brat Fest stats??

The Stats:

4 Days. 41 Hours. 1 Tent. 209,376 Brats.

Current World Record Set: Memorial Day Weekend May 28-31, 2010.

Total Brats Sold Since 1983: 3,003,435

Total Money Raised for Charity Since 1983: $1,199,638


  • Johnsonville Brats Consumed in 4 days: 209,376
  • “Double Johnny’s” Consumed: 6,500
  • Veggie Brats Consumed: 10,592
  • Village Hearth Buns Consumed: 242,188
  • 20 oz. Pepsi Bottles Consumed: 64,900
  • Onions Consumed: 1,700 Lbs.
  • Heinz & Brat Fest Mustard Consumed: 186 Gallons
  • Heinz Ketchup Consumed: 330 Gallons
  • Heinz Sweet Relish Consumed: 180 Gallons
  • Frank’s Sauerkraut Consumed: 3,978 Lbs.


  • Number of 5’ Gas Grills Used to Cook Brats: 20
  • Grilling Capacity: 12,000 BPH (brats per hour)
  • Number of FREE Live Acts: Over 200!
  • Hours of FREE Music: Over 150 Hours!
  • Number of Volunteers: 5,014
  • Brats Eaten Per Madisonian Since 1983: 12.88
  • Total Brats Sold Since 1983: 300.3 TONS
  • Bratwurst Capital of the World: Madison, WI

So, the real question is–are you coming to Brat Fest next year?  Because I will most certainly be making an appearance at this event!

In running news, I ran two miles on the treadmill this morning (Strava will keep track of this run, too!)!  (It is still raining outside.) I broke out in a sweat before even getting on the treadmill because I’m scared to death that my IT band is going to start acting up again. But I paced 8:13s!  And it felt good!  Slow and steady.  I did realize that I am completely out of running shape.  I was about done after those two miles!  Sheesh!

I was reading Runner’s World the other day and found this quote that I thought I would share:

“Running is a kind of truth serum.  It brutally strips away everything you put on and leaves you with only yourself…Down to the core, the runner knows who he is. The runner has to. He’s so tired, who he is is all that’s left.”

What do you think?

Who doesn’t love a good pie?  Until a couple of years ago, I had never even heard of Buttermilk Pie.  It isn’t something we ate growing up.  But now I love it! I have tried a couple recipes over the years, but I think this one might be my favorite.

Song of the day: “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks

I know you haven’t made your mind up yet
But I would never do you wrong
I’ve known it from the moment that we met
No doubt in my mind where you belong

Love this song. =)

Buttermilk Pie1

Buttermilk Pie


– 3 large eggs

– 3 tbsp AP flour

– 1 cup sugar

– 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk

– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

– 1 tsp vanilla extract

– 1 tsp nutmeg, divided

– 1 pie crust (store-bought or homemade!)


– Preheat oven to 425*.

– Whisk together eggs, flour and sugar.  Alternate adding butter and buttermilk; whisk in vanilla and nutmeg.

– Pour filling into crust and sprinkle with nutmeg.

– Bake for 15 minutes.

– Reduce heat to 325*, cover pie with foil and bake until filling is set (35-45 minutes).

– Let cool and serve at room temperature.

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5 Responses to Rain = No Brat Fest (Recipe: Buttermilk Pie)

  1. Becca says:

    That pie looks so good! And I love the running quote. I start my half training this week after having slacked off for the last few weeks…er…months so it was a good reminder of why running is so great!

    • Kristen says:

      What half are you training for?? I’m glad you love the running quote because I do, too!!

      • Becca says:

        I’m doing the Hershey half in October. Running was my way of relieving stress in NYC (so I ran a lot!). Here I never feel stressed so I’m trying to find new motivation to get started again.

  2. Kristen says:

    Ah! So fun!! And it is really good that you aren’t stressed anymore =)

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