Enjoy Regional Cuisine and Public Art in Support of Madison Parks Foundation
The minds behind the Underground Food Collective, Yum Yum Fest and many other staples of the Madison indie culture scene have announced the first annual Makeshift Festival, a daylong celebration of food, arts and public parks, will take place from 3:00 until 8:00 pm on Sunday, August 20, at Olbrich Park in Madison. Admission is $10, all of which will benefit the Madison Parks Foundation.
“Here in Madison we’re really spoiled when it comes to public parks and public spaces,” says organizer Bob Hemauer. “Sometimes it’s easy to take those public spaces for granted, so we’re just taking a day to recontextualize and reactivate one of those spaces, and maybe help people create new memories in a familiar space.”
The festival will feature food from 15 restaurants and food collectives from throughout the Midwest, as well as art installations by local and regional independent artists.
“There’s a lot of art in this town,” says organizer Jonny Hunter. “There are plenty of really great, large, institutional arts organizations and small galleries and such. What’s lacking is a real platform for this kind of independent, public, out-in-the-open art. We’re really hoping to build that.”
Organizers aim to hold the festival in a different park — in a different part of the city — every year.
The festival is being produced by the Madison Parks Foundation in partnership with Madison Bubbler, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Underground Food Collective, Cork ‘n Bottle & VEA Events with major sponsorship support from Organic Valley, Flak Photo, Reverb Communications & Isthmus.
Food and beverages will cost $5 each, a major portion of which will also benefit the Madison Parks Foundation.