Sunday,  August 27, 2017

Madison, WI

12:00 – 5:00 PM


Featuring fresh and fried cheese curds, live music, entertainment for the whole family, vintage arcade games, and more!

Curdfest 2017 will feature five celebrity chefs who will be creating their very own cheese curd that will be available for purchase. Below are the chefs that are participating:

Salvatore’s Tomato Pies

Tomato Pies is what we called pizza.  Not mass produced, not cooked off in a conveyor belt oven after being made on an assembly line, but hand crafted by your relatives and friends in small neighborhood storefronts.  That’s what we do at Salvatore’s.



Salvatore’s Tomato Pies

At Salvatore’s, we firmly believe in creating comfort food that you can feel comfortable feeding to your family.  You’ve most likely heard of craft beer; We believe we create craft pizza and the proof is in the taste.  We’re always adding new things to the menu featuring local ingredients.






A Pig in a Fur Coat

Bonanno, 28, is a first-generation American who grew up in Kenosha. His Italian parents always cooked from scratch and preached the value of good food. “Going out wasn’t a big thing in my family,” says Bonanno, “but food definitely was.” After attending Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis, he left for Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy, where he met his future business partner, Bonnie Arent.

Bonanno moved to Chicago and was sous chef for Tony Montuano at Spiaggia for three years but fell in love with Madison during that time. “I visited [Arent] here, and I loved it; I loved the market.” The fact that many Chicago chefs source their food from Wisconsin made Madison seem like a natural spot to open a restaurant. Together, he and Arent opened A Pig In A Fur Coat in May of 2012. “Our goal was to cook really good food in a really casual setting,” says Bonanno. “Our goal wasn’t to have the best cuisine or be the best restaurant or best chef, but we wanted to have fun and be respected in the community.”




Gotham Bagels






Fraboni’s Italian Specialities

The Italian restaurant is in the heart of the old Greenbush neighborhood, which was home to many Italian and Eastern European immigrants.

Fraboni said he loves talking to his customers, who represent as many as four generations.




The event will also feature cheese curd vendors from around Wisconsin displaying the best curds the state has to offer.  Both fried and fresh curds will be available for purchase. Vendors will compete for awards honoring the Best Fresh Curd, Best Fried Curd, Fan’s Choice Curd, and Best Overall Curd. For more information on becoming a vendor, please visit our registration page here.




Breese Stevens Field is a multi-purpose stadium listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and located in downtown Madison on East Washington Avenue.  The facility hosts athletic events, concerts, community events and more annually.



A detailed parking map can be found below. Parking attendants and signage will direct you into the appropriate lots.

Concert attendees are also encouraged to bike to the event. Adequate bike parking will be provided, courtesy of Schwinn, along N. Patterson St.