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Planning a weekend visit to Beloit, or are you a local foodie? You’ve come to the perfect place! Beloit and the Stateline Area have an endless selection of food and beverage spots that create memorable experiences. Some establishments even go the extra mile, offering unique classes so you can take a piece of Beloit home with you. Check out our food and beverage itinerary during your stay, you’ll have a great time and maybe even learn something new!

5Bar | Photo Credit: Travel Wisconsin

5BAR | 530 E. Grand Avenue, Beloit, WI 53511

If you are visiting Beloit, or haven’t checked out this cool combo of a dive bar with fancy cocktails, drop by 5BAR. Inside, it’s like a blast from the past, with vintage items and decorations throughout the entire space. And their cocktails? Some of the best in Beloit, thanks to the owner, Levi, who mixes up a frequently rotating menu that covers all of the five senses.

Levi is always up to something fun at the bar, and his latest event idea is sure to be a hit! Starting July 2024, he’s kicking off Whiskey Wednesdays – Meet the Distillers Series. Every first Wednesday, local Wisconsin distillers will be there showing off their best whiskeys for you to try.

Join in the backroom for the class, where you’ll learn how to pair whiskey with snacks, sample different spirits, and even create your own special signature cocktail. Plus, there’s a chance to win cool whiskey gear in their monthly raffle. Get all the details on 5BAR’s Facebook or website, and find the Facebook event here.

truk’t | Photo Credit: Catalyst Design & Photography

truk’t | 443 E. Grand Avenue, Beloit, WI 53511

Have you ever visited truk’t in Beloit? They serve fantastic street tacos in an open-concept dining space with garage doors, along with their never-ending selection of tequila and whiskey. It doesn’t get much better than that! And if you’ve attended one of their cocktail classes, you already know about the insider secrets that make their cocktails famous.

truk’t hosts public, ticketed tasting and cocktail classes every other month, in fact, they have a fun-themed cocktail class scheduled for August. A favorite is the Bad Santa Cocktail Class, offered around the holidays. Attendees learn how to concoct specialty cocktails in their ugliest sweaters and sometimes even with a surprise visit from Santa himself! truk’t offers private cocktail classes with customizable menus for special occasions like rehearsal dinners, bachelorette parties, birthdays, and corporate gatherings.

To get a jump start on crafting mixology masterpieces, check out the tips you will learn during the classes here, and keep an eye on their website for updates on upcoming classes. If you are interested in booking a private class, plan your event here.

Hidden Creek Estates | Photo Credit: Hidden Creek Estates

Hidden Creek Estates | 13276 White School Road, Roscoe, IL 61073

Hidden Creek Estates, located in Roscoe, IL, is a newer destination to the Stateline Area. While they are known for hosting wedding events and more around the beautiful grounds, featuring a pond, vintage barn, and guest houses for overnight stays, they also have a wine bar open to the public on select evenings. Guests can relax at the wine bar and enjoy live music, delicious food prepared by their knowledgeable chef, and the selection of seasonal beverages, wines, and whiskeys.

Beyond their expertise in weddings and private events, Hidden Creek Estates organizes their own public events, including popular cocktail classes. These intimate cocktail class sessions typically offer two timeslots per class, accommodating around 10 participants per session. The mixologists will give you a hands-on experience in crafting cocktails by teaching you about the various liquors used in the class and giving you techniques for how to serve and garnish drinks the Hidden Creek way!

For details on upcoming classes and events, visit their website or check out their Facebook.

Shorty’s Kitchen | Photo Credit: Shorty’s Kitchen

Shorty’s Kitchen | 14471 De La Tour, South Beloit, IL 61080

Shorty’s Kitchen is a farm-to-table restaurant offering delicious homemade dishes for lunch and dinner. The owner is not only a talented cook, but a great teacher. She offers cooking classes, and many of the homemade items featured in the restaurant are taught during the classes.

The public is welcome to register for these classes, usually held on Saturdays. Topics include cooking, baking, and candy making, covering a wide range of subjects and menu items. Keep an eye on Shorty’s Kitchen’s Facebook page in August for updates, as classes will resume from September through April.

Watch our events calendar for other culinary pop-up classes throughout the year, such as charcuterie board-making classes. You never know what you’ll find, like wine and ice cream pour-overs, wine pairings, and tequila tastings.

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