Fresh Summer Fare
Visit Madison this summer and explore our amazing culinary scene through lakeside restaurants, outdoor terraces, culinary tours and the nation's largest producer-only farmers' market. Madison's food culture is accessible to everyone all summer long!
One of the best ways to experience summer in Madison is to make your way around the Capitol Square during the Dane County Farmers' Market on a Saturday morning. Bring your own basket (or reusable bag), shop the freshest produce and meats, and discover the story behind your food by talking to local producers. There are also many other farmers' markets in the area, one open every day of the week during the warmer months.
Local chefs also take advantage of the Farmers' Market by shopping for the freshest produce, meats and more. They use these ingredients in their farm-to-table fare, making Madison's foodie scene repeatedly ranked. Plus our outdoor and waterfront restaurants take advantage of summer's sun-kissed days. Many eateries along State Street have patios perfect for enjoying everything from breakfast and brunch to those late-night meals.
Food Cart Culture
While downtown, take the time to visit the surrounding food carts. As one of the "10 best cities for food trucks this summer" according to USA Today, our street food scene is lively around both the Capitol Square and UW-Madison. Read our Eating Mobile in Madison itinerary to learn more about our food carts, from fried cookie dough at Fried and Fabulous to organic wraps and salads at Good Food.
Food Events and Activities
Learn about Madison history and architecture while taking a walking culinary tour. Madison Eats and Madison Food Explorers share the stories behind Madison restaurants and brew pubs, and give insider tips on how to enjoy Madison's food scene. Or hop on a Hop Head Beer Tour brewery bus tour of Wisconsin craft beer breweries for the Madison area and New Glarus. There are more opportunities on our Food Events and Tours page.
Click to Win a Slice of Summer!
Experience Madison's foodie scene and let us pick up the tab! Our 16 Weeks of Summer Contest starts in May and features a different giveaway each week. Like our Facebook page and enter to win prizes such as tickets to food festivals and farmers' market gift cards and totes.
Browse our list of area restaurants, including farm-to-table options.
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