This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Tuesday, July 3
One of the best local Fourth of July celebrations is the Monona Community Festival. We may be biased, as this was the site of our own very first fireworks display (this involved cowering in the back of a station wagon under a blanket, but we've recovered). The 27th annual festival features all kinds of American mid-summer fun, including a carnival, hole-in-one contests, a "wife carry competition," live music, "Kid Zone" activities, and, of course, the fireworks. The second day serves up the Taste of Monona, where you can sample from many of the city's fine restaurants. Barring that, of course, there's a brat and beer tent. Winnequah Park, 1041 Nichols Rd., Monona, 3 p.m.-midnight Tuesday and 10 a.m.-midnight Wednesday. See Facebook, and call 235-6726 for more info.
More events this week
Tuesday, July 3
Stoughton Fair, an annual six-day community festival, featuring a carnival, exhibits, steak and chicken dinners, pizza and pie eating contests, a fish fry, pig wrestling, a demolition derby, lawn mower racing, a truck and tractor pull, bingo, a talent show, live music, children's activities, and more. Mandt Park, 321 S. Fourth St., Stoughton, 4-10 p.m. Tuesday, noon-10 p.m. Wednesday-Monday, $5-$23 admission for various events. See Facebook, and call 608-873-4653 for more info.
DeForest Fourth of July, an annual two-day community festival, featuring a beer garden, food booths, a car show, bingo, a parade, fireworks, live music, children's activities, and more. Fireman's Park, 500 Jefferson St., 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday. Call 846-2922 for more info.Columbus Fourth of July Celebration, an annual five-day community festival, featuring a brat stand, a carnival, tractor pull, parade, fireworks, live music, children's activities, and more. Fireman's Park, 1049 Park Ave., Columbus, 6-11:30 p.m. Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Wednesday, 4-9 p.m. Thursday, 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, noon -11:30 p.m. Saturday. See Facebook, and call 920-623-3699 for more info.
Wednesday, July 4
Waterloo Fourth of July Celebration, an annual community festival, featuring pulled pork dinners, food and beer vendors, baseball, bingo and euchre, horse and tractor pulls, a parade, fireworks, live music, children's activities, and more. Fireman's Park, 500 N. Park Ave., Waterloo, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Call 920-478-2739 for more info.
Token Creek Independence Day Celebration, the 29th annual Fourth of July community festival, featuring a brat tent, a military remembrance ceremony, the "Hiney Run," a parade, live music, children's activities, and more. Along Portage Rd., Token Creek, 10 a.m-5 p.m. Call 217-3974 for more info.
Thursday, July 5
BBQ/Grill Series, Part 1 class, with chef Kevin Appleton of Vom Fass preparing a menu of marinated grilled pork chops with salsa macha, grilled pineapple, and grilled sweet potato and corn. Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 6:30-9 p.m., $30. Call 204-0300 for more info.
Friday, July 6
Kids in the Kitchen: Sweet Strawberries class, a class for kids ages 6-12, with instructor Lily Kilfoy preparing a menu of strawberry oat muffins, spinach and basil salad with strawberries, quesadillas with strawberry salsa, and a surprise strawberry dessert. Willy Street Co-op East, 1221 Williamson St., 4-5:30 p.m., $10 owners and $20 all others. Call 251-6776 for more info.
Saturday, July 7
Sunday, July 8
Madison SOUP dinner, an ongoing series of micro-grant benefit meals hosted by Madison SOUP, featuring a menu of soup with salad and bread, with attendees reviewing presentations about creative projects and selecting one proposal for funding. Sector 67, 2100 Winnebago St., 6 p.m., $10. RSVP online, and call 241-4605 for more info.
Monday, July 9Fast and Fantastic in the Kitchen class, with instructors Sarah Droege and Sheila Robertson covering weekly meal planning and cooking techniques that eliminate the eight most common food allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat. Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 6-7 p.m., $5. Call 233-9566 for more info.
Save the date
Tuesday, July 24
WLFN Quarterly Gathering, a regional meeting hosted by the Wisconsin Local Food Network, featuring discussions about the work of the organization. Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen, 851 Dodge St., Mineral Point, 11 a.m., free. Please RSVP by July 9, and call 715-339-5345 for more info.
Wednesday, August 8
Loire Valley, a wine tasting in the L'Etolie Oenophile series, with wine director Michael Kwas presenting Chenin Blancs, Sauvigon Blancs, Cabertet Francs, and late harvest wines from the Loire Valley wine region of central France. L'Etoile, 1 S. Pinckney St., 6:30 p.m., $65. Call 251-0500 for more info.