By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Oct 05, 2022 at 1:01 PM

It’s time to mark your calendars for the Milwaukee Public Market’s annual Harvest Festival, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverwalk Commons, located just across the street from the Market along the Milwaukee River.

The free festival doubles as a celebration of the 17th anniversary of the Public Market, which opened in October of 2005. It will include a variety of autumnal activities, beer sampling and food from a variety of popular food vendors.

The day will be filled with live music, including performances from Frogwater and the Milwaukee Hot Club. Guests can take part in an apple cider pressing, a carve-your-own-pumpkin station, pumpkin bowling and a variety of family friendly activities including face painting and caricature drawings sponsored by the Salvation Army. Brew City Brand will also host a pop-up sale featuring discounted apparel items.  

Attendees 21 years of age or older will be invited to take part in the tradition of sampling Lakefront Brewery’s Pumpkin Lager, which will be tapped from the market’s giant pumpkin. Draft & Vessel will also be onsite with its RK’d van, a 1969 van which not only offers tap beer and craft cocktails, but also a built-in retro gaming arcade. 

Food will be available from a number of popular local vendors including Fivestar Nacho, Hot Box Pizza, Happy Dough Lucky and Kilwin’s, which will be serving up caramel apples. Public Market vendors including Margarita Paradise and Foltz Family Market will also participate the celebration by serving up fall inspired food and drink items.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.