Food and Drink

Food and Drink

Looking at the map below of the restaurants within walking distance of the conference facility, it should be plain to see that your taste buds won’t be lacking stimulation. You can try your hand at the finest Afghan cuisine all the way to a fresh taste of Thai and everything in between.

Looking at the map above of the restaurants within walking distance of the conference facility, it should be plain to see that your taste buds won’t be lacking stimulation. You can try your hand at the finest Afghan cuisine all the way to a fresh taste of Thai and everything in between. 

Farmers Market

The Dane County Farmer's Market is the largest farmers market in North America. It is nearly 3/4 of a mile of peddlers (over 150 vendors) selling their wares. If you like farmers market’s then this will knock your socks off. If you don’t like them, but want to see an absolutely amazing spectacle, then you should still check it out. Around 10,000 people show up to the farmer’s market every Saturday. If nothing else, it’s a great place to get breakfast!

The Farmers Market is every Saturday from 7am to 2pm on the Capitol square (about 8 blocks from the YAPC conference facilities). Therefore, it will be there both before and after YAPC.

A smaller version of the Farmers Market also runs Wednesday mornings through-out the summer. The Wednesday Farmers Market is a potential activity for the spouses program.

Capital Brewery

Capital Brewery is another of the great local breweries in Madison. Its beer is served nearly everywhere in Madison, but you can also go straight to the bar attached to the brewery. While there you can take a tour of the brewery (schedule it in advance, they sell out always). Or you can just kick back and experience some of their experimental beers while chatting up your friends.

Old Sugar Distillery Tour

The Old Sugar Distillery is makes various types of Spirits and Liqueurs. A tour shows you how they make Freshwater Rum and some other things. They also offer a tasting as part of the tour.

Yahara Bay Distillers

Yahara Bay is a local distiller that makes vodka, rum, gin, and other spirits. They give free tours of their facilities and tasting of their products.