By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jul 06, 2022 at 12:01 PM

Looking for a new way to brunch?

Take in the gorgeous view of the City of Milwaukee Skyline from one of the Downtown’s most scenic lakeshore parks during Brunch by the Beach, a family friendly gathering hosted by the Friends of Lakeshore State Park, a non-profit volunteer-based organization dedicated to making the park the premier lakefront destination for education, conservation and recreation.

The event, which will  take place on the large lawn area at Lakeshore Park just across from Pebble Beach from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 10 

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from food trucks including Bebe’s Bistro, Tots on the Street and Meat on the Street, live music from Wisconsin troubadour David HB Drake and a variety of family friendly activities, including Aerobie on the expansive park lawn.

A drop-in booth will offer attendees the opportunity to learn more about the eggs and life cycles of some of the native wildlife at the park. Meanwhile, the Department of Natural Resources will be on site with a fox snake from the Havenwoods State Forest, Wisconsin’s only urban forest.

Families are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and camping chairs. Kite flying and other outdoor activities are also encouraged during the event.

"We’re excited to be hosting our first ever food truck event in the park," says David Wenstrup, president of Friends of Lakeshore State Park. "We see this as a fun way to bring the greater Milwaukee community together to enjoy our beautiful park and delicious food from a few of the wonderful food trucks we have in the area."

Other upcoming events

Brunch by the Beach is just one of many exciting ways to interact with Lakeshore State Park.  In fact, Friends of Lakeshore State Park has a wide variety of free events planned throughout the summer months. 

Upcoming opportunities include a kids' fishing clinic, a photo scavenger hunt, a beach "bonfire" (complete with s'mores), butterfly and prairie hikes and a variety of bi-lingual educational programs including opportunities to learn about edible lakeshore plants, fossils and more.  Get more information about upcoming events on their Facebook page.

For more information about the Friends of Lakeshore State Park, visit

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.