5 (free!) ‘must-not-miss’ Madison markets
These food-related events are very merry, indeed
We are in the holiday season now, folks. Anyone who lives in this city can tell of the many festivities scheduled throughout the month of December. The very thought of choosing which to spend your limited holiday energy on can be a daunting task, indeed. Fear not, foodie friends, for I have rounded up five of the tastiest “must-not-miss” Madison markets. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy eating while you browse, buy and taste culinary items at these events. Attending any one (maybe all) is a great way to shop small-batch and locally, and it’s bound to put you in a holly-jolly satiated state of mind.
Madison Chocolate Co. Holiday Market
Open since last spring, the Madison Chocolate Co. shop off of Monroe Street is hosting its first annual holiday market offering sips and tastes of hot chocolate, coffee and truffles. Plan your shopping for stocking-stuffer gifts and Hanukkah gelt here and get a free nine-piece box of sea salt caramels with every purchase more than $50. Kids can decorate a ceramic ornament with local potter Vanessa Mattsson-Boze from 1 to 3 p.m., and there will be local artisans to meet and greet from 3 to 5 p.m.
7 a.m to 9 p.m., Sat., Dec. 2, 729 Glenway St.
Taste of the Madison Public Market–Holiday Magic!
Diverse, local merchants from a variety of cultural backgrounds gather in one space delighting gift-seekers with the sights, scents, sounds and, of course, tastes from purveyors of some of Madison’s favorite food crafters. Local food makers in attendance will include Mad Urban Bees, ORIGIN breads, Rushing Waters Fisheries, Brown Rice and Honey, White Jasmine spices, Off the Block Salsa and Pizza, Caracas Empanadas and Melly Mel’s Catering.
5 to 8 p.m., Wed., Dec. 6, 945 E. Washington Ave.
Good Day Market Holiday Edition
Browse and sample at this free mercantile event featuring more than 40 Midwest makers selling handcrafted wares, small-batch food and drink. Underground Meats, Quince & Apple, humble, Curtis & Cake, ORIGIN breads, Wm Chocolates and Mad Maiden Shrub are among the stellar list of vendors. “We’re excited to pair a robust group of food makers alongside our other home and lifestyle goods,” says Sarah Artz, founder of One-OneThousand and host of the market. On Friday, food will be available for purchase from El Coqui’s Puerto Rican cuisine food cart and from Underground Meats food truck on Saturday. Kin-Kin coffee will keep guests warm and caffeinated. There will be artisan demos and live music as well.
4:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Madison Masonic Temple, 301 Wisconsin Ave.
Feed Kitchens Holiday Bazaar
Show your support of the entrepreneurial spirit by coming to FEED (Food Enterprise and Economic Development) Kitchens on Madison’s north side where there will be plenty of local food products to taste and purchase from FEED members including Madame Chu (southeast Asian) Delicacies, Cookies by Kate, Masala Mojo, Cafe Costa Rica and Gristle Catering.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat., Dec. 9 at FEED Kitchens, 1219 N. Sherman Ave.
DelecTable Holiday Open House
This Saturday, check out vomFASS’s new delecTable concept at its Holiday Open House at the University Avenue location. DelecTable is housed in the newly remodeled University Avenue store, and it’s a part fine dining establishment, part bar, part cooking school and demo kitchen. At the open house, browse and sample vomFASS’s products and enjoy special pricing on select popular gift items. You also get a free cocktail just for coming!
noon to 4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 2 at vomFASS/delecTable at 3248 University Ave.
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