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CULINARY CALENDAR

It’s easy to dig into a calendar full of culinary events when you visit Madison! Read on to review a sampling of annual favorites, considered some of the Best Fests our food-obsessed city has to offer. Then plan your next taste-test trip—there’s a new one to try almost every month!

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2019 Best Fests

JANUARY

Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest

January 19, 2019
Mix and mingle with brewers and cheesemakers around the state (and beyond)! Try hundreds of delicious creations at this 10th annual event. This is a ticketed event.


Madison Magazine Restaurant Week

January 2025, 2019
A Madison food-lovers’ tradition! Participating restaurants create prix-fixe menus featuring three different options for three-course meals starting at just $25. Reservations encouraged.

 

FEBRUARY

6th Annual Great Dane Bockfest

February 2, 2019
Head to Hilldale for a celebration of bock beers. Sample 30 bock beers from more than 10 breweries. Enjoy a Bavarian pretzel bar, Hammerschlagen, and raffles to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison.


22nd Annual Bockfest

February 23, 2019
Live music? Bock beer? Delicious, local, food? Check, check, and check! Capital Brewery’s annual Bockfest celebration has them all.

 

MARCH

Madison Magazine Top Shelf Winter Taste

March 18, 2019
Sip it. Sample it. Taste it. Hear it. This top-shelf tasting event features local distilleries, wineries and purveyors, plus live music. This is a ticketed event.

 

APRIL

Feed the Need

April 7, 2019
Sample a variety of local flavors from Madison Originals restaurants, enjoy local breweries, wineries and distilleries, while supporting The River Food Pantry. This is a ticketed event.

 

MAY

Madison Craft Beer Week

May 4– 13, 2019
Expect: special beer tappings, food pairings, educational programs and appearances by brewers. This is a ticketed event.


Isthmus Uncorked

May 18, 2019
Wisconsin's only wine festival is here to uncork fun. Pair wines from around the state, including local favorites, with food from Madison's best restaurants and food carts. This is a ticketed event.


Isthmus Uncorked

BratFest

Memorial Day Weekend
Four days of live music, classic Wisconsin brats, rides, activities and more means fun for the whole family! This is a free event.  

 

JUNE

Burgers & Brew

June 1, 2019
Eat and drink your way through this 12th annual event of locally-sourced burgers, live music and craft brews! Wisconsin’s talented producers will be serving up unique burgers, craft beer and dessert pairings. This is a ticketed event.


Farm to Feast

June 9, 2019
Celebrate Madison's rich farm-to-table culinary scene. Delicious dining and live music combine for an unforgettable feast.


Madison Burger Week

June 6-13, 2019
Join Madison in celebrating everything burgers for an entire week. Who will be Madison's best burger? Vote for your favorite.


MACN Sustainable Seafood Week

June 24-30, 2019
Taste delicious dishes from multiple Madison restaurants highlighting sustainable seafood. This event aims to raise awareness of the importance of supporting sustainable fishing practices.


Bacon and Brews

June 20, 2019
Bacon and beer make a perfect pair. Enjoy hundreds of craft beers as your devour bacon-infused foods. Add in live music and you have a festival you won't soon forget!

 

AUGUST

National Mustard Day at the Mustard Museum

August 9, 2019
The Mustard Museum has been the official sponsor of National Mustard Day since 1991, and annually welcomes more than 6,000 people to downtown Middleton. This is a free event.


Madison Magazine Top Shelf Summer Taste

TBD
Sip it. Sample it. Taste it. Hear it. The alfresco version of this top-shelf tasting event features local distilleries, wineries and purveyors. This is a ticketed event.


Great Taste of the Midwest

August 10, 2019
This event is the second longest-running craft beer festival in the U.S. and features more than 150 of the Midwest’s finest craft brewers serving more than 1,000 beers lakeside at Madison’s beautiful Olin Park. This is a ticketed event.


Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival

August 15–18, 2019
Enjoy family fun, a carnival, and savor some sweet corn at this spectacular festival. More than 80 tons of sweet corn will be served over the weekend.


Yum Yum Festival

TBD
This charitable event highlights delicious dishes and drinks from the most celebrated restaurants in Dane County and beyond. This is a ticketed event.


Taste of Madison

August 31–September 1, 2019
Eat your way around the Capitol Square as part of Taste of Madison! This annual Labor Day weekend event features more than 80 local restaurants, 27 beverage stands and 3 music stages. This is a free event.

 

SEPTEMBER

Thirsty Troll Brew Fest

September 14, 2019
This signature event in Mt. Horeb is an intimate tasting with more than 25 craft brewers and some 100 beers to sample. There’s live music, too! This is a ticketed event.


Bike the Barns

September 15, 2019
A fresh take on riding events: consume more calories than you burn! Bike the Barns participants take a recreational tour of CSA farms in southwest WI, sampling all the way. This is a ticketed event.


Isthmus OktoBEERfest

TBD
This hip interpretation of the classic, German-style fest features more than 50 craft brewers, as well as artisan sausage and cheesemakers for unlimited sampling and fun. This is a ticketed event.


Madison Vegan Fest

TBD
If you think there's too much meat on this list, Madison Vegan Fest may be for you. This annual festival enters its seventh year of celebrating all things vegan.


Quivey’s Grove Beer Fest

TBD
Cold beer! Local music! Hot food! The best of all worlds are found at this fest, held on the wooded grounds of Quivey’s Grove. Sample more than 100 beers from 45 different brewers and food from the outdoor smoke roaster. This is a ticketed event.

 

NOVEMBER

Herb Fair

November 2, 2019
Growing and using herbs is the focus of this fun and educational event held at Madison’s renowned Olbrich Gardens. Workshops and demonstrations give growers a taste of the benefits of herbs. This is a free event.