Madison, I love thee!
We spent our entire Sunday afternoon strolling around the annual Taste of Madison celebration.
Madison really knows how to throw a foodie festival!
The actual Taste of Madison takes place around the capital building and they close off the four major roads that form a square around the building and the grassy areas.
Crowds gather the area to drink beer, taste delicious local food, and listen to live music.
Of course we started off our walking culinary tour with a beer in hand. I grabbed a glass of Capital Brewery’s Supper Club. It was cold and crisp, and everything a beer should be.
Matt went with the Amber and gave it two beers up!
After doing a few laps we decided to take a seat and map out our plan of attack.
And then we were off.
Our first stop was for Eggplant Fries at Lombardino’s.
They were fried to perfection and served with a semi-spicy dipping sauce. The fries themselves were knock-outs, but I would of preferred a lighter dipping alternative. Perhaps something tomato based?
I could tell by their menu that I would not be disappointed.
Nor would my meat-loving boyfriend!
Bacon-wrapped smoked chicken and cream cheese-stuffed jalapenos:
Wisconsin sushi roll: Andouille sausage wrapped in Italian sausage, wrapped in bacon and smoked, topped with BBQ sauce on a bun.
Matt was obsessed with the sushi roll, but I preferred the heat of the stuffed jalapenos. Next time we’re in MAD we will definitely hit up Bluephies especially now that I know it’s also a Vodkatorium!
More meat! Lamb Kebab. You know I love my Greek food!
Frozen Turtle Cheesecake on a Stick from the Little Shop of Cheesecake.
We were channeling the Iowa State Fair. People who live in Iowa love things on a stick!
Watermelon Pork Tacos from the The Piece Out Gourmet.
Such a surprising combination of flavors. Pork, cucumbers, watermelon. It was so light and refreshing!
And last but not least, some Pork Dumplings.
Taste of Madison: The No Meat Left Behind Tour!
Have you been to a food-inspired festival? Maybe a Taste of Tour or a Culinary Walk? Share!