Get a Taste of Madison this weekend

Spend Labor Day weekend at the city’s biggest food event of the year. The Taste of Madison will host dozens of food vendors and live music performances this Saturday and Sunday.

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You’ll find music stages at MLK Jr. Boulevard, and Wisconsin and East Washington Avenues. | Photo by Fame on Fire

Hope you’re hungry. It’s Taste of Madison weekend, a chance for you to try bites from 80 local eateries for no more than $6 a pop.

Stop by the Capitol Square this Saturday, Sept. 2 (2-8:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 3 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) to get a taste of the action.

The 608today way:

  1. Bonnie’s Balls | Booth 408
    Before the heat really gets to us, we’re starting hot and heavy with a cheese curd-filled donut.
  2. Songbird Fruit | Booth 514
    A cider float will be a refreshing bounce-back from the curd concoction.
  3. Mishqui | Booth 709
    Here, we’re opting for an empanada — handheld and easy to walk with.
  4. Melly Mell’s | Booth 802
    We have to get some fruit in us, so banana pudding it is.
  5. Ben’s Soft Pretzels | Booth 101
    Feeling full? City Editor Ally can confirm that a Ben’s pretzel will fit nicely in your purse or tote to save for later.

Check out the map to plan your own course of action.

Live music

Need a break to let the food digest? Catch one of the 30+ live music performances taking place at the event’s three stages:

  1. Q106 | Wisconsin Avenue
  2. Magic 98 | East Washington Avenue
  3. 94.1 JJO | MLK Jr. Boulevard

Saturday performances include Priscilla Block, Nonpoint, and The Mascot Theory. Travis Denning, Saving Abel, and Colony House will play on Sunday, among others.


The 16 beverage stands — one on each side of the square’s eight converging streets — will only accept card payments.

Soda/water | $4
NA beer | $5

Domestic beer | $8/16oz, $12/24oz
Craft beer | $9/16oz, $13/24oz

Wine | $8/pour, $15/double
Seltzer | $8

20 oz souvenir tumbler | $25 — includes first beer and $7 refills
10 oz souvenir wine glass | $25 — Includes first drink and $10 refills

Pro tip: Bring an insulated water bottle, it’s going to be a hot weekend.