August 2, 2021


Organizers for the Great Taste of the Midwest understand the need for extra precautions with the rise in
cases of COVID-19 Delta variant and the continued presence of the COVID-19 virus. We take these
health concerns seriously not just because of the impact on our festival, but also on our community.
We have a civic responsibility to protect each other and follow all public health best practices. With that
in mind, we continue to upgrade our event protocols and partner with health authorities to improve
safety for all involved.

Our plan includes:

  • A 50% reduction in attendees and brewers.
  • The physical layout of the festival has not been reduced, so this will allow for more physical distancing between patrons and brewery staff.
  • Separation/spacing within tents for our attending brewers.
  • Vaccinations required for all event staff, brewery staff, volunteers and vendors.
  • Implementation of “no touch beer” filling.
  • Masks required for all taxi cab and shuttle bus riders.
  • Hand sanitizer and drinking water available at the main entrance and at event stations for all attendees to use. Signs will indicate their locations, so patrons can sanitize and rinse glassware often.
  • Partnering with Public Health Madison Dane County to provide outreach and a COVID-19 information booth as an educational service to the community and attendees. Please note the Public Health website for additional information and guidelines:
  • We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE and recommend patrons to wear masks in our public spaces and will have them available at our front gate and our Great Taste Event Headquarters.
  • Also we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE attendees to vaccinate for the protection of themselves and others. If you have symptoms or feel sick, DO NOT ATTEND (you are always welcome next year).

We will continue to monitor changes as they occur and will update our festival best practices as we
receive current information and guidelines from our federal, state and municipal health authorities.
We hope to see you soon and pledge to do all we can to make the event as safe as possible.