The fall harvest brings a wealth of flavors to Madison! Tempt your taste buds by visiting one of our many autumnal food festivals, farmers’ markets, or farm-to-table restaurants.
Fall is the time to experience fun food and beer festivals in Madison! Taste of Madison is held over Labor Day weekend, and features nearly 100 local restaurants, drinks and live music. Oktoberfest at the Essen Haus is Madison’s answer to German beer and food, and Pie Palooza celebrates Wisconsin-grown ingredients and all things pie! For other festivals, browse our Events Calendar or visit our Food Events and Tours page.
You’ll often see local chefs shopping for seasonal and sustainable ingredients at the Dane County Farmers’ Market that are then prepared and served at local restaurants within hours! Our farm-to-table fare is important to the community and is ranked as one of the nation’s finest. Or check out our Fantastic Fish Fry and Dairy Discovery itineraries for additional, authentic dining options.
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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 also offers a robust Gift Certificate program. Learn more about which restaurants are included and how to bring home Discount Gift Certificates and Group Gift Certificates.