By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Sep 09, 2021 at 4:01 PM

The World's Largest Music Festival is in full swing. In addition to soaking in the sounds of all the great musical acts, you might want to loosen your belt to make room for some of the delicious new festival foods. 

This year, Summerfest is welcoming a number of brand new vendors, including Bottle House 42 (formerly Glass + Griddle) and Fuel Cafe. In addition, vendors like Ward’s House of Prime and Pizza Man have expanded their reach with additional vendor locations.

That means there's a whole new slate of foods for you to enjoy while festing, from snacks like Buffalo cauliflower and carne asada fries to burgers, fried chicken sandwiches and more.

To make it easier for you to find all things new and notable, we’ve made a list of the new vendors and their offerings, just in time for opening day.

Don’t forget. You can make it easier to find the food you want while you’re on the grounds by downloading the Official 2021 Summerfest app. The app uses GPS enabled maps that point to food and beverage locations near you. Plus you can access menus from each vendor and the list of healthy options at the Fest provided by Aurora Healthcare right from your phone.

Auntie Anne’s 

Auntie Anne's mini pretzel dogs
Photo: Auntie Anne's

Location(s): US Cellular Connection Stage, Uline Warehouse, Klement's Sausage and Beer Garden

Pretzel fans will find a new selection of offerings thanks to  Auntie Anne’s food truck, which will be serving pretzels, pretzel nuggets served with assorted dips and mini pretzel dogs. 

Bottle House 42 

The Funky Chicken from Bottle House 42
Funky Chicken (Photo: Bottle House 42)

Location: Ethnic Village

Bottle House 42 will make its debut at Summerfest with a menu showcasing a wide variety of items including snacks like

  • Wisco-Poutine (featuring bottle-opener fries topped with gooey cheese curds, locally made summer sausage, onions and beer gravy); and
  • Beer and Buffalo dip (shredded chicken, ale Buffalo sauce and cheese served with tortilla chips).

Entrees include

  • MKE + Cheese (rotini in five cheese Louie’s Demise sauce topped with potato chip crumble);
  • Louie’s BBQ Chicken (a kaiser roll with buttermilk brined fried chicken breast and MKE Louie’s BBQ mustard; served with chips);
  • Funky Chicken (a kaiser roll with buttermilk brined fried chicken breast, pimento cheese spread, hot honey slaw; served with chips); and
  • Beer + Beef (kaiser roll with beer braised pot roast, horseradish sauce, pickled onions and arugula; served with chips).

Catalano’s Roasted Corn 

Location(s): Miller Lite Oasis, Uline Warehouse/Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden

There's nothing like roasted corn in the summertime. This year, you can get your roasted corn fix from West Allis's Catalano’s.  Options will include plain roasted corn, cajun seasoned or garlic buttered. 

Fuel Café

Fuel Cafe's Vegan Sloppy Joe
Vegan Sloppy Joe (Photo: Fuel Cafe)

Location: Northwestern Mutual Community Park (across from Miller Oasis)

Head to Fuel and you’ll find a cadre of new items including:

  • Carne Asada Fries (fries topped with grilled steak, cheese sauce, jalapenos, pico de gallo and sour cream);
  • Buffalo Cauliflower (rice flour breaded florets tossed with buffalo sauce and served with a side of ranch);
  • Popcorn chicken (Buffalo or Nashville hot with blue cheese);
  • Bacon crack (sugared, peppered bacon);
  • Picnic Fried Chicken Sandwich (fried chicken, shredded lettuce and spicy mayo on a potato bun);
  • Vegan Sloppy Joe (soy protein and housemade bbq sauce served on a vegan roll);
  • Hot Dog (all beef frank on a bun);
  • Nacho Dog (All beef frank topped with cheese sauce, jalapenos and pico de gallo and served on a bun).

Pizza Man

Pizza Man pepperoni pizzaX

Location(s): American Family Insurance Amphitheater Forecourt, Ethnic Village

Pizza Man made their debut at Summerfest in 2019. This year, they’re back with a second location in the Ethnic Village where you’ll find:

  • Pizza (available whole or by the slice) with options including cheese, pepperoni, sausage or the Pizza Man Special (cheese, pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, onions, mushrooms and black olives)
  • Caesar salad
  • Garlic bread

Their American Family Insurance Amphitheater location will also serve pizza, Caesar salad and garlic bread, plus:

  • Baby Bombas (stuffed pork and Italian sausage meatballs, butter, domestic Grana Padano, marinara and garlic bread);
  • Shaved brussels sprouts salad (shaved brussels sprouts, arugula, cherries, ricotta salata, toasted hazelnuts and charred lemon vinaigrette)

Ward’s Burger Express

Ward's Burger
Ward's Burger (Photo: Ward's House of Prime)

Location:  Northwestern Mutual Community Park (across from Miller Oasis)

In addition to the Ward’s House of Prime location in the Ethnic Village, Ward’s will also feature a second location in the former AJ Bombers stand near the Northwestern Community Park that will serve up Ward's classics, plus a number of burger options.

Ward’s Burger Express will feature:

  1. Ward’s Prime Rib French Dip (served with tater tots);
  2. Bacon Wrapped Prime Rib Bites;
  3. Ward’s Burger (a quarter pounder topped with prime rib, mushrooms, onions, provolone and horsey sauce; served with tater tots);
  4. Point Burger (quarter pounder topped with bacon, Montamore cheese and truffle mayo; served with tater tots)
  5. Impossible Burger (Impossible patty topped with American cheese and truffle mayo; served with tater tots)
  6. Cheeseburger (quarter pound patty with American cheese, mayo and pickles)
  7. Hamburger (quarter pound patty with mayo and pickles)
  8. Cheese tots (tots with cheese sauce)
  9. Funnel cake (with or without strawberry topping)

Gluten-free buns will be available for +$1.50.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.