Dining in Madison, WI
Spring is a great time to try Madison's farm-to-table dining and craft beer and cocktail scene. From food carts to five-star restaurants, many menus pay homage to our agricultural roots—the reason Madison, WI, was recently ranked as a "foodie paradise."
Season of Food
Spring brings the reopening of the outdoor Farmer's Market, which feels like sunshine surrounding the Capitol Square. Get your hands on fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and flowers, all grown by local producers.
This time of year is also known for food festivals, such as Flavors of Madison where you can sample menu items from Madison's finest indepently owned restaurants. Another don't-miss event is Craft Beer Week, your opportunity to try beers from local brewing experts, and Brat Fest, the largest of its kind in the world (and home to much more than bratwursts!).
Close your eyes and imagine yourself with a drink in hand, looking out on the water as you dine and take in the beautiful, natural surroundings. This daydream is a reality in many places throughout Madison, courtesy of our wonderful waterfront dining options.
In the News
Cheers to the King: We raise our glass to Fisher King Winery for their great showing at the 2014 Winemaker Challenge International Competition, held in San Diego this February. The winery was awarded a Gold medal for its 2012 Blue Rapture sweet white wine and a Silver medal for the 2012 Wisconsin Marquette dry red wine.
Time to Celebrate: May 3-11 marks the 30th Anniversary of National Travel and Tourism Week, celebrating tourism's positive impact on communities nationwide. 14 million travelers visiter Dane County in 2012, spending $1.7 billion and boosting our local economy. Thank you to all of our partners who serve those visitors and make Madison a memorable community each and every day.
Wisconsin is known as America's Dairyland, and Madison is known as a foodie paradise. Blend the two, and you have an array of amazing dining opportunities! Find out more about Madison's dairy scene by reading our Dairy Discovery itinerary.
Madison has its own not-for-profit association of independently-owned restaurants and affiliated businesses called Madison Originals. As part of its mission to promote unique local dining establishments, Madison Originals hosts the annual Flavors of Madison event as well as a robust Gift Certificate program. Learn more about which restraurants are included and how to bring home Discount Gift Certificates and Group Gift Certificates.