Meet Mike Whiteside, owner of Mike's Cheese Shack

We took some time to speak with Mike himself about his secret Wisconsin-style cheese curds and how he brought them to Ohio.
Jon Limber
Jun 7, 2013

Every year, Ohio Bike Week takes over Sandusky and the surrounding areas with motorcycles, parties, concerts and all the delicious fried food you can eat. After career changes, midwest moves and one purchase, Mike Whiteside is the proud owner of one of the most favored fried food stands in all of Ohio Bike Week.

Mike's Cheese Shack the home of the delectable cheese curds that have been served up at Ohio Bike Week for the last, "…six or seven years. I honestly can't remember how long we've been coming here," Whiteside said.

Whiteside was working at a Uniroyal tire plant in Wisconsin when he decided to purchase a snack trailer when he worried his career may take a dark turn. He made a promise to his family that he ever had the chance, he would make a successful living selling Wisconsin-style cheese curds. For two years, Whiteside would work five days a week at his blue collar job, then spend his weekends selling and perfecting his fried and delicious snacks.

When his suspicions came true, Whiteside moved to Woodburn, Indiana and began turning his family promise into an amazing career.

Today, Whiteside owns 4 trailers that travel far and vast to provide Wisconsin style cheese curds to visitors of tractor pulls, fairs and of course, Ohio Bike Week. This year, you can find 2 Mike's Cheese Shack stands at the Downtown Sandusky Block Party. The original Mike's Cheese Shack is located in the free parking lot downtown and the second stand is located on Market Street near Cabana Jacks.

Stop by and enjoy some delicious cheese curds before Ohio Bike Week closes up this Sunday, June 9th. Plus, we'd love to know how you enjoy your Ohio Bike Week cheese curds. Leave a comment below and let us know how you like them. Who knows, you may be on to the next big idea!