Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
Milwaukee may pride itself as the City of Festivals, but the city's street parties dry up quickly as soon as the weather dips in the fall, leaving a long, chilly stretch without much to do. Last year Burnhearts did its part to help fill that void with its inaugural Mitten Fest, a winter spin on its summer block party with an outdoor stage and plenty of hot drinks. The second annual Mitten Fest offers more of the same, with music from four Milwaukee bands-The Fatty Acids, Whips, Midwest Death Rattle and Heavy Hand-as well and a specialty drink menu that includes bourbon barrel-aged brandy Old Fashioneds and ginger brandy. There will also be a selection of rare beers from Central Waters Brewing Company and Founders Brewing Co., a craft fair curated by local artist Cortney Heimerl, and hot food from Honeypie and Goodkind, a restaurant Burnhearts owners William and Jessica Seidel plan to open in Bay View this spring. The event is free, but attendees are strongly encouraged to bring non-perishable food and warm clothes to donate to the Hunger Task Force.