Kasim J. Hardaway

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Summerfest Ultimate Food Guide

Summerfest Ultimate Food Guide

  Summerfest  — "The World's Largest Music Festival"

Summerfest — "The World's Largest Music Festival"

Each year, over 800,000 people from far and wide travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to enjoy one of the universe’s most exciting events: Summerfest.

This year’s lineup will entice lovers of any genre - with musical acts like The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Lil Uzi Vert, Blake Shelton, Ke$ha and Imagine Dragons. However, Summerfest isn’t only about listening to the tunes and sounds of globally renowned artists — “The World’s Largest Music Festival” actually caters to both music lovers and those that would proclaim themselves as die-hard foodies.*

*i.e., yours truly

If you happen to find yourself on the festival grounds this year, you’ve come to the right place. This is my ultimate food and beverage guide of tested, approved and unbelievably satisfying #SummerfestEats. Feel free to wander off my beaten path, as Summerfest has over 45 food and beverage purveyors that accommodate all diets and preferences.

Without further ado, prepare your belly and get ready to eat your way through Summerfest.

 Photography by  Treezy

Photography by Treezy

1. Cocktails at Jo Jo's Martini Lounge

Kick off your Summerfest adventures with a drink (or two) from Jo Jo's Martini Lounge. Choose from 8 delectable signature martinis and cocktails including the Summertimetini (L) and Electric Lemonade (R).

 Roasted corn with a whole lotta spice.

Roasted corn with a whole lotta spice.

2. Corn on the cob at Robby's Corn

Ease into your #SummerfestEats with a whole roasted ear of corn. Those juicy, tender kernels are only heightened by the array of accouterments you'll have at your disposal. I doused mine with chili powder, garlic powder and dusted it with parmesan cheese! 

 Photography by  Treezy

Photography by Treezy

3. BBQ at the Charcoal Grill

Whether you are ordering the BBQ baby back ribs or pulled pork cheese fries, have a few napkins handy because things are bound to get messy.

 What do you usually order: single scoop or double scoop?

What do you usually order: single scoop or double scoop?

4. Ice Cream at Cedar Crest Frozen Custard

Tickle your sweet tooth and cool off with a double scoop of ice cream. Cedar Crest's 'Super Madness' flavor is a trio of blue raspberry, cherry and vanilla; it also makes for a very colorful instagram shot!

 Is there a such thing as too much cheese?

Is there a such thing as too much cheese?

5. Lasagna Sticks at Angelo's

Imagine your traditional egg roll but stuffed with lasagna, deep fried and ready to be broken open for a cheesy explosion. Sold, right?

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 Photography by  Treezy

Photography by Treezy

6. Soba at Island Noodles

Get ready to wok n roll at Island Noodles! Whether you are a vegan, vegeterian, meat-lover or in search of gluten free options, you'll find what you are looking for between its soba combos, island slaw and smoothies.

 Don't forget to snag a Summerfest koozie!

Don't forget to snag a Summerfest koozie!

7. Beer from Miller Lite

The official beer of Summerfest, Miller Lite, is the perfect beverage to sip on as you peruse through stadiums and stands.

 Photography by  Treezy

Photography by Treezy

8. Tacos from BelAir Cantina

Go for the tacos and end up ordering the tacos + sweet plantains, I promise you, it's 100% worth feeling stuffed.

 Your eyes aren't lying to you.

Your eyes aren't lying to you.

9. Jumbo Pretzel from Mader's

If you are up for a challenge head to Mader's for its Jumbo Pretzel. This bad boy is at least twice the size of my head — and I have quite a large noggin.

 When I dip, you dip, we dip.

When I dip, you dip, we dip.

10. Cheese Fries from Flannery's

Sometimes you just want crispy waffle fries lathered in silky nacho cheese and that is a-okay.

 Photography by  Treezy

Photography by Treezy

11. Double Stuffed Oreo S'mores from Saz's

This is decadence at its best. Four layers of goodness starting with deep fried sweet vanilla corn flake dunked oreos (isn't that a mouthful) ending with a graham cracker crumble. 

 Espressos, coffee, lattes and more!

Espressos, coffee, lattes and more!

12. Coffee from Valentine Coffee

Feeling lethargic or down on energy? Stop by Valentine Coffee for a quick recharge.

 Photography by  Treezy

Photography by Treezy

13. Pizza from Divino

What foodie adventure would be complete without a slice of pizza? Buy pizza by the slice or go for the whole pie at Divino. 

 The food and drink marathon is almost over.

The food and drink marathon is almost over.

14. Shaved Ice from Hawaiian Shave Ice

Cool off with an ice cold cup of shaved ice! If you can't decide on one flavor, section off your cup and get a few.

 Photography by  Treezy

Photography by Treezy

15. Sausage from Klement's Sausage and Beer Garden

Polish, Italian or whatever your heart may desire, Kelement's Sausage will have waiting for you. Their sausages are served on a bun with your requested amount of sauerkraut — obviously I asked for extra.

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Milwaukee, WI 53202
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This post is brought to you in collaboration with Summerfest. The opinions are all mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Kasim Hardaway!

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