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For Immediate Release:
Jul 11, 2012
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Anne Whisner, Madison Parks
Madison Meet & Eat
The City of Madison is excited to introduce the first Madison Meet and Eat, a unique neighborhood event that brings a collective of local Madison's food cart vendors to a neighborhood and encourages friends and neighbors to enjoy a fun night out. This event will take place over four consecutive weeks on Thursday evenings from 5:00p.m. - 7:30p.m. starting tomorrow, July 12th and continuing on July 19th, July 26th, and August 2nd. The location for the 2012 Madison Meet & Eat events will be the parking lot adjacent to the Meadowood Shopping Center at 5800 Raymond Road.
Madison Meet & Eat is a new initiative by Madison Mayor Paul Soglin to bring together community members and local food vendors in order to address "food deserts." A food desert is defined as an area where healthy, affordable food is difficult to obtain. Madison Meet & Eat will address this issue by introducing attendees to new and local food options in a fun, neighborhood atmosphere.
"There are many wonderful food carts that mainly serve the downtown and campus population during the day," said Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. "Madison Meet & Eat is a great opportunity to take the vendors to the people so families and neighbors are able to get together and try different cuisine. I plan to be there, and hope many Madisonians are as well."
The plan for Madison Meet & Eat is to become an annual, summer event that rotates around to different locations in Madison. This will allow other neighborhoods to experience healthy, local affordable food and help foster a greater sense of community. Attendees are encouraged to bring family members, friends, and neighbors to this great event. The Meadowood Neighborhood Center will have an activity table at Madison Meet & Eat.
Parking is limited so participants are encouraged to walk, bike or bus to the event. Participants are also encouraged to cross Raymond Road at the new pedestrian crosswalk at Leland Road. Drivers are also encouraged to slow down on Raymond Road and watch for the flashing lights in the cross walk.
The food vendors at the Meadowood events will be:
-Ernie's Kettle Korn
-Wei's Food to Go
Bring a friend and head down to the Madison Meet & Eat to try some tasty, affordable, local food!