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Address: 2406 Upham St, Madison, WI 53703
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+1 608-630-5549
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Sat 12:30 - 15:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Learn about Madison's history and culture on a unique and informative...

Learn about Madison's history and culture on a unique and informative walking food tour with authentic Madisonians. Our Lake to Lake Tour features top Madison attractions like Frank Lloyd Wright's Monona Terrace and the State Capitol building, accompanied with food samples that are uniquely Wisconsin - artisan cheeses, brats, locally-brewed beer, and ice cream. You'll leave with a better understanding of Madison's farm-to-table culture. Tours start at 12:30 pm, rain or shine. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Happy Hour Tours with a Scandinavian twist also available on select Thursday evenings. Please see our calendar. Private tours by foot or bus may be arranged.

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Lake to lake walking food tour

Started our tour at The Monona Terrace Convention Center on Lake Monona and ended up at the UW Terrace on Lake Mendota. We started with a brief discussion of Frank Lloyd Wright's... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Debbie B
Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Started our tour at The Monona Terrace Convention Center on Lake Monona and ended up at the UW Terrace on Lake Mendota. We started with a brief discussion of Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture, the Monona Terrace was designed by Frank Llyod Wright. Moved on to walking through downtown Madison and even though we are life long residents of Madison we... More 

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Glad you spent the afternoon with us! - Thanks from Madison Food Explorers. More 

Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Love, love, loved this tour! First of all, the food stops were not only delicious, but we experienced a wide variety of foods. The breakfast empanadas were me fav! Jackie was a great resource on the history of Madison and was a terrific guide on the tour. If you like learning about a place whilst experiencing its food and traveling... More 

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Thanks for coming, Katherine! And nice use of the word "whilst" - bonus points. More 

Hortonville, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We spent our anniversary weekend in Madison and tried the downtown tour based on reviews and what fit into our schedule. We are so glad we did! Erica is the owner and was our tour guide. Her husband was also along and they are both very friendly. This tour is well organized starting at the Monona Terrace and ending at... More 

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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Highly recommend! Erica was an excellent tour guide and also the owner of MFE. We enjoyed walking around the area, hearing about the history of Madison and stopping at delicious restaurants along the way.

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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

An excellent balance between food sampling and learning about the history of Madison. I thoroughly enjoyed it

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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviewed 10 July 2016

This is a great tour for Madison residents and visitors to Madison. We stopped at seven iconic Madison food destinations, so it's a great place to bring your out-of-town guests. We hit so many of Madison's highlights in one afternoon; I couldn't have planned it better myself! I learned a ton about the Madison's history, architecture, and the food scene,... More 

Thank jaclyn1030
Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 9 June 2016

Madison Food Explorers is the perfect way to see the city, and try some unique, tasty eats along the way. We walked from lake to lake, getting all the goodness the isthmus has to offer at each stop. I loved learning about the Frank Lloyd Wright history, as well as hearing fun Wisco-only facts during the tour. Erica was super... More 

Thank SconnieFoodie38
Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 15 May 2016

We went on the Lake to Lake Saturday tour and absolutely loved it. Our guide, Erica, is a font of knowledge about food and Wisconsin history and architecture. Even though we live in Madison we learned more about our city on each stop. The food choices were great and carefully chosen to represent Madison. We saw so much in three... More 

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Reviewed 13 May 2016

My friend and I had a great time on the Happy Hour tour with our guide, Erica. Not only did we get to sample some great food and enjoy delicious drinks, but we also got to learn a bit more about the city we call home. I loved learning about the neighborhoods around the Capitol that I walk through each... More 

Thank Katie S
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 October 2015

We really enjoyed the food tour. There was enough history to make it interesting and yet not too much. The food stops were great, the only thing that was not perfect was, didn't have enough room for all the food and beverages. Our tour guide "Kim" was great. Enjoyed walking through downtown Madison around the square area, and the stops.... More 

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