Aug. 3 is National Mustard Day and the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wis., plans to celebrate the day in part by honoring a Cleveland institution celebrating its 50th anniversary: the Authentic Stadium Mustard.
Authentic Stadium Mustard was started by longtime Mayfield Heights resident David Dwoskin in 1969 after acquiring the recipe for the “brown mustard” that was served at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
Dwoskin, who died June 14 at age 77, never changed the recipe in the 50 years since that Authentic Stadium Mustard has been available in retail stores.
The National Mustard Museum – the only national mustard museum in the United States – houses more than 6,000 different types of mustards, including Authentic Stadium Mustard, and as part of the festivities, Dwoskin’s son Darryl Dwoskin helped build an Authentic Stadium Mustard game for people to play in the museum. The game combines elements of both skeeball and corn hole, as players try to throw bean bags through holes in a large cutout of an Authentic Stadium Mustard bottle. It’s not all fun and games, either – the high scorers of the Authentic Stadium Mustard game receive a prize on National Mustard Day – a jar of Authentic Stadium Mustard. Hot dogs are likely not included.
Darryl Dwoskin, who noted that his father knew the curator of the museum and helped the curator when he was starting the museum, said there’s a plaque in the museum honoring Authentic Stadium Mustard and his father.
He said he and his sister plan to visit the museum on the anniversary of his father’s death, but won’t be there for the National Mustard Day festivities, as they don’t want to overshadow the fun.
He said both the game and having Authentic Stadium Mustard have such a prominent place in the museum’s National Mustard Day celebration was “a great memorial to have” of his father.
“My dad loved to laugh, he really did,” said Darryl Dwoskin of why they made the game for the museum. “He wouldn’t want somebody going to his tombstone and shedding tears. He would much rather have someone thinking about him, loving the memory of him and being happy. To be a small part, now a big part, of the National Mustard Museum is really a big honor for our 50th anniversary. It really is.”