Tuesday, May 25
The Verona Farmers' Market opens this afternoon for the first time following a six-year hiatus, once again providing the southwest suburb a source for purchasing fresh, seasonal produce and other treats. The story by the Verona Press about its revival. Hometown Junction, intersection of Railroad St., S. Main St., and the Military Ridge State Trail, 2:30-6 p.m. See Facebook or call 217-6359 for more info.
Wednesday, May 26
Sundance Cinemas is offering a new special menu this summer for diners at its Rooftop Bar & Bistro, prepared by Chef Mark Shoup, the Utah-based executive chef for Sundance Resort, including Zoom in Park City as well as the Tree Room and the Foundry Grill in Sundance. "We're bringing a bit of the 'place' that is Sundance to our beautiful cinemas in Madison," says Sundance president Robert Redford in a press release announcing the menu. Branded "A Taste of Sundance" and running from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, it will include selections like the "infamous" Jalapeno Crab Dip and Caesar Salad from Zoom, Fish & Chips and Roasted Rack of Lamb from Foundry Grill, and Pepper Steak from the Tree Room, along with several new items and specialty cocktails. The menu will be previewed this evening at the New Work Development Award Gala, a benefit celebrating collaboration between the Wisconsin Arts Board, Edenfred, and Overture Center for the Arts. Lt. Governor Barabara Lawton will announce the inaugural recipient of the award, and patrons will be able to sample hors d'oeuvres and cocktails created for the Taste. Sundance Cinemas Madison, 430 N. Midvale Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m., $35 individuals and $60 couples. Call 233-7702 for more info.
The Bean Feed this evening as a fundraiser for its Committee on Political Education. Supporters will find all the baked beans, hot dogs, and potato salad they can eat, along with one free soda or beer. Proceeds will go to support committee organizing activities like phone banks and mailings to union members in the region. Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St., 6-7:15 p.m., $5 donation. Call 256-5111 for more info.
Thursday, May 27
The Edgerton Farmers' Market opens this afternoon for a third summer, and situated in the historic downtown of the community on the western tip Lake Koshkonong. Also named the menu that will be served over the summer at the Rooftop Bar & Bistro atop Sundance Cinemas will be previewed once again this evening at a benefit for Sundance Cinemas Madison, 430 N. Midvale Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m., $20 and $8 kids 5-12. Call 240-0409 for more info.
Friday, May 28
Memorial Day weekend in Madison means one thing: World's Largest Brat Fest! This annual celebration of communal voracity has sold more than 2.6 million bratwursts since its founding in 1983, with a goal of topping its own total sales weekend sales every year. , a drive-thru pre-sale which runs from 6-9 a.m. on Friday morning. Festival-goers will also find dozens of hours of live music, with some 200 bands and musicians playing on four stages across all four days. Stop by, support local charities, and help break the record once again! Willow Island, Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Energy Center Way, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday, rain or shine. See Facebook or call 236-2041 for more info.
Memorial Day weekend is likewise the backdrop of the 24th annual Burlington ChocolateFest, a four-day celebration in the southeastern Wisconsin community nicknamed "Chocolate City, U.S.A" that is dedicated to the food of the gods. The centerpiece of the Festival Grounds, 681 Maryland Ave., Burlington, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Monday, rain or shine, $8 adults, $7 seniors, and $3 kids 5-12. See Facebook or call 262-763-3300 for more info.
Saturday, May 29
Al Lunde, the greenhouse operations manager at class this morning that will cover both vegetable farming and the basics of raising backyard chickens. America's Best Flowers, 4311 Vilas Hope Rd., Cottage Grove, 10 a.m., free. Call 222-2269 for more info.
Both distance and accuracy will be measured at the Rubber Chicken Fling, a competition held at the Princeton Flea Market to celebrate the beginning of summer. This eighth annual City Park on the east side of Hwy. 23, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Call 920-379-8959 for more info.
Jeanne Carpenter, the writer of , is speaking at Fromagination, 12 S. Carroll St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free. Call 255-2430 for more info.
Monday, May 31
The chicken barbecue today as a fundraiser for community projects. The celebration opens with a Memorial Day parade and service organized by American Legion Post #245, and is followed by the feed, which also includes a hot dog stand and beer tent. Monetary donations for the support of local food pantries will also be accepted. American Legion Park, 2245 American Legion Dr., Cross Plains, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 608-843-3166 for more info.
festival today following the , 5101 Schofield St., Monona, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 221-1521 for more info.