This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
La Fête de Marquette returns to its east side post-industrial cul-de-sac for a long weekend of live music, dancing, food, and general jollity. The festival, now in its sixth year, kicks off its four-day run with the annual membership meeting of the Willy Street Co-op. Along with 30-odd hours of Francophone and French-flavored music, revelers will find numerous food vendors -- including Cajun cuisine from Double S BBQ and southern seafood from HMI Catering -- and a quiche breakfast at the Sunday morning "Acoustic Café." à La Rue Dickinson, corner of E. Washington Ave. and S. Dickinson St., 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30-11 p.m. Friday, 12:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, free with $8 admission to La Tente De Danse. Call 241-7143 for more info.
Saturday, July 9
The one-two punch of Art Fair on the Square and Art Fair off the Square is nominally a feast for the eyes to art collectors and casual fans alike, but there is likewise plenty of summer-friendly food on hand. Food and beverage vendors can be found at the four cardinal points on the Square, and another set of vendors fill the block of MLK that adjoins the party off the Square. Meanwhile, MMoCA welcomes patrons to Fresco at 8 a.m. Saturday morning for its annual "Collectors Breakfast." Capitol Square and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., downtown Madison, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, free admission, with $20 members and $25 non-members to MMoCA breakfast. Call 257-0158 and 204-9129 for more info.
Sunday, July 10
Both wheels and wings are acceptable modes of transportation to the Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast this morning at Morey Field. Hosted by EAA Chapter 1389, this annual gathering features a menu of pancakes, eggs, sausage, cinnamon rolls, and beverages, along with a display of vintage and homebuilt aircraft. Middleton Municipal Airport/Morey Field (C29), 8300 Airport Rd., 43-06-50.2071N/089-31-59.7584W, 7:30 a.m.-noon, $7 adults and $3 kids 12 and under. Call 203-5287 for more info.
More events this week
Wednesday, July 6
Jefferson County Fair, an annual five-day community festival, featuring food vendors, a carnival, truck and tractor pulls, bingo, karaoke, live music, children's activities, and more. Jefferson County Fair Park, 503 N. Jackson Ave., Jefferson, 8 a.m.-close Wednesday-Sunday, $9 admission per day. See Facebook or call 920-674-7148 for more info.
Wednesday Willy Walka, a walking tour of businesses along the Willy Street construction zone, featuring a free wine tasting at Star Liquor and other business samples and promotions. Williamson St., from Paterson to Dickerson, 5-7 p.m., free. Call 215-534-3844 for more info.
Orientation session for volunteers with the Heartland Farm Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization with a mission of "helping homeless farm animals in Wisconsin, and building connections between animals and vulnerable youth." Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd., 7 p.m. Call 395-9741 for more info.
CHEW meeting, a monthly gathering hosted by Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin and featuring a talk by Shirley Cherkasky titled "The Marvelous, Magical Marshmallow." Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., 7:15 p.m., free. Call 241-1574 for more info.
Thursday, July 7
Monticello Homecoming Celebration, an annual four-day community festival, featuring a fish boil and chicken BBQ, food vendors, pie and beer stands, softball, poker, variety and talent shows, a carnival, parade, fireworks, live music, children's activities, and more. Monticello Community Park, Hwy. 69 and County Rd. F, Monticello, 7-10 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 9:15 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, free admission. Call 219-8480 for more info.
Friday, July 8
AlbertFest, an annual three-day parish festival put on by St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, featuring a chicken and ham dinner, grilled treats and beer, a 5K run/walk, bingo, a raffle, live music, children's activities, and more. St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 2420 St. Albert Dr., Sun Prairie, 6-11:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 837-3798 for more info.
Screening of Seeds of Hunger, a 2009 documentary by Yves Billy & Richard Prost that explores "the shape of an impending global food crisis." Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd., 7 p.m., free. Call 824-1780 for more info.
Saturday, July 9
Preserving the Harvest class, with instructor Polly Reott of Polly Janes Pickles & Jams covering the basics of three methods of food preservation -- canning, dehydrating, and freezing -- and detailing which foods are appropriate for each. Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Rd., 10 a.m., free. Call 224-7100 for more info.
Jane Austen Picnic in the Park, a fundraiser for the Mount Horeb Landmarks Foundation and sponsored by The Vibe vintage store, featuring a picnic lunch, a talk by UW professor Emily Auerbach on her book Searching for Jane Austen, exhibits, games, music, and more. District #1 School, 110 N. Second St., Mount Horeb, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., $10. Please RSVP by July 7, and call 608-437-1108 for more info.
Sunday, July 10
Pancake breakfast, a monthly fundraiser for Madison Hours, and featuring organic and vegan pancakes, roasted potatoes, and beverages. Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St., 8:30-11 a.m., $8.50 adults and kids free. Call 259-9050 for more info.
REAP snack prep, with volunteers needed to prepare and package fresh, healthy, and locally-grown treats for kids at 14 elementary schools around Madison. RP's Pasta, 1133 E. Wilson St., 9 a.m.-noon. Call 310-7836 for more info.
Monday, July 11
Have Tastebuds will Travel: Discovering the World through the Medium of Food travel talk. Stoughton Library, 304 S. Fourth St., Stoughton, 7 p.m., free. Call 608-873-6281 for more info.
Save the date
Saturday, July 24
Day on the Farm, an annual picnic and fundraiser for REAP Food Group, featuring a meal prepared by Dan Fox of the Madison Club, Charles Lazzareschi of Dayton Street Grille, and Tim Dahl of Nostrano, as well as a farm tour, children's activities, and more. Dreamfarm, 8877 Table Bluff Rd., Cross Plains, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $20 and $12 kids under 12. Call 310-7836 for more info.