By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 13, 2021 at 6:04 PM

It’s "sun’s out, buns out" this week at area Sendik’s Food Markets, where the iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will be making appearances April 15-18.

Due to safety precautions, there won’t be any rides in the Wienermobile allowed. But, you’ll have the chance to meat up with the best of the wurst, current Oscar Mayer "Hotdoggers" Zach ‘n Cheese and Ketchup Katie, who’ve been on the wiener trail since last July, bringing miles of smiles to hot dog lovers across the nation.

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You’ll also have the chance to snag your own bun-believable photos with the 27-foot-long hotdog on wheels. And, if you’re lucky, they might let you peek inside at the ketchup and mustard seats which are equipped with meatbelts (for safety).

And you’ll still feel like a wiener when you score fun swag like an iconic wiener whistle (an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile tradition since 1952!), a set of Zach 'n Cheese and Ketchup Katie trading cards and coupons for your favorite Oscar Meyer products.

So stop by with your grill friends and relish a rare moment with America’s most famous “lambourgweenie.” You’ll frank me.

Wienermobile schedule

Thursday, April 15: Franklin and Greenfield
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5200 W. Rawson Ave., Franklin
3 to 6 p.m. at 7901 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield

Friday, April 16: Whitefish Bay and Mequon
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 500 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay
3 to 6 p.m. at 10930 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon

Saturday, April 17: Grafton and West Bend
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2195 1st Ave., Grafton
3 to 6 p.m. at 280 N. 18th Ave., West Bend

Sunday, April 18: Hartland and Germantown
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 600 Hartbrook Dr., Hartland
3 to 6 p.m. at N112 W15800 Mequon Rd., Germantown

A foot-long-held tradition

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was first introduced by Oscar Mayer’s nephew, Carl Mayer in 1936. The mobile hot dog traveled the country for four years, before taking a hiatus in 1940 during World War II. The original vehicle was retired in 1977, but returned for the brand’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1986. By 1988, Oscar Meyer had fully renewed their dedication to the Wienermobile and its message, launching a new fleet of vehicles complete with Hotdogger ambassadors every year since.

You can find the full Wienermobile schedule online and follow Zach ‘n Cheese and Ketchup Katie’s adventures on Instagram at @ZachnCheesin and @KetchinUpWithKatie.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.