8 Can’t-Miss Madison Food Fests

By Olivia Mizelle | Photography by Focal Flame Photography

Madison Eats Bike n’ Bites Food Tour

Saturdays 1-4 p.m.

During this six-mile round trip, journey through Madison’s Willy Street, Atwood and Olbrich neighborhoods with ease on an electric bike. Snack on beer and apps at Starkweather Brewing and tacos and margaritas at Taco Local. The tour includes seven food tastings and a healthy dose of the culture and history of these Madison neighborhoods. madisoneatsfoodtours.com

Wine and Design DIY Classes

Various dates

If you’re feeling artistic, Wine & Design combines painting with a delicious selection of beverages and snacks. Classes are available all summer — learn to paint anything from alpacas and ostriches to replicas of Monet and Van Gogh, all while sipping on a glass of wine and snacking on a charcuterie board. 167 S. Fair Oaks Ave., wineanddesign.com/madison-wi  

Campo di Bella Farm to Table Dinners

Friday & Saturday evenings, June 30-July 22

Mount Horeb farm-turned-restaurant Campo di Bella serves fresh Italian meals made with ingredients grown on-site — with views of the Wisconsin countryside. Make a weekend of it and stay at their farmstay Airbnb, and try their selection of wines from their own vineyard or sourced from around the world. 10229 Sharp Rd., Mount Horeb, campodibella.com

DelecTable cooking classes

July 10 & July 17 (more dates to be announced) ​​

Learn how to make pasta from scratch or take a culinary journey around the world. DelecTable’s classes are taught by seasoned chefs in an intimate setting, with classes typically having 16 people or less. 3248 University Ave., delectablemadison.com

National Mustard Day

Aug. 5

Middleton is home to the one and only National Mustard Museum, and on Aug. 5 the streets of Middleton will be devoted to celebrating mustard. This year, try mustard-flavored ice cream from the Chocolate Shoppe, Usinger’s brats and all-beef hot dogs, and participate in games like mustard bowling and fishing for mustard. 7477 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, mustardmuseum.org/mustard-day

Curd Fest

Aug. 13

It’s the tenth anniversary of this cheesy fest! Try squeaky and fried curds and enjoy family-friendly entertainment. Bonus: this fest is free! Breese Stevens Field (917 E. Mifflin St.), breesestevensfield.com

Seltzer & Cider Fest

Aug. 19

Crack open cans of seltzers, ciders, canned cocktails, kombucha and more from local and national distributors, all while having fun enjoying food, games and music from DJ Jean Le Duke. Breese Stevens Field (917 E. Mifflin St.), breesestevensfield.com

Taste of Madison

Sep. 2-3

To finish off your summer of eats and drinks, head to the Capitol Square over Labor Day weekend for one of the city’s most beloved food traditions. Enjoy food from 80 local restaurants, a variety of beverage selections including wine from Elmaro Vineyards, and live music acts. Capitol Square, tasteofmadison.com

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