Summer Food Festivals

August is here and that sadly means fall is around the corner. But don’t worry, there’s plenty food events where you can enjoy delicious food and still enjoy the summer weather. Here are a few outdoor food events you should check out:

Sweet Corn Festival – August 14-17

Taste of Madison – August 30-31
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YumYum Fest* – September 7 (NEW food event)

Green County Cheese Days – September 19-21
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Get these dates in your calendar and make sure you don’t miss them.

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Saigon Noodles – More than just noodles

Saigon Vietnamese Sizzling Crepe

Vietnamese Sizzling Crepe

I’ve had many people tell me they that they go to Saigon Noodles to get a bowl of pho, which is reasonable. But I’ve gone multiple times for a few other traditional dishes they got going on outside of the noodle soup. The Asian crepe is my all time fav, no matter who makes it and where I go, it’s always satisfying. And Saigon’s Vietnamese Sizzling Crepe is one of the top best I’ve had! Put aside the utensils, you eat this with you hands. Click here to learn how. You’ll find this dish is under their Weekend Special (Saturday and Sunday only), so plan accordingly if you want to check out this dish.

Saigon Vietnamese Steamed Pork Roll

Vietnamese Steamed Pork Roll

Here’s another dish you don’t typically find. It’s steamed pork wrapped in rice crepe. Rice crepe is another one those dishes I gotta get. For those with texture sensitivity, be careful trying this. The rice crepe is really squishy and moist and can be chewy and stretchy. I recommend using a fork for this for sure. It comes with a dipping sauce that tops it all off for you.

Saigon Vietnamese Papaya Salad

Vietnamese Papaya Salad

I tried ordering the papaya salad with medium spiciness, which I was told later by the cook, who personally came out and told me himself [thought that was strange], but I learned that they “cannot” make it spicy, but can provide heat on the side so I can add myself. They said their dish is a traditional dish and that making it spicy will make it non-Vietnamese. Okay. I respect they don’t want to modify ingredients to keep authentic, but at the end of the day, I probably would not have ordered it again, not because of the weird reasoning as to why they can’t make it spicy, but I wanted the papaya salad to be more juicy, more acidic and sweet. Maybe the Vietnamese papaya salad isn’t for me.

Chicken Stir Fried Noodles

Chicken Stir-Fried Noodles

They also have dry noodle dishes. You can select egg or rice noodles.


Their spring rolls and egg rolls are delicious serve with veggies. (Sorry, no pics of spring rolls – I jumped right in).

Steak and Beef Meatball Pho

Steak and Beef Meatball Pho

Overall, their dishes are pretty good. You may have been for their pho, but I really recommend you try the crepe dishes for an authentic and unique experience.

Saigon Noodles – Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine
(608) 827-9120
6754 Odana Road, Madison, WI 53719

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MACS coming soon to Sun Prairie, WI

Hangover Mac

If you haven’t had the chance to try MACS at the Dells, you may not need to wait for a summer trip to the waterpark. MACS will be opening soon in Sun Prairie!

I know this will be a tease, but they plan on opening early June. So hang tight.


GNMB Wisconsin Dells MACS article

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