Get Ready for Milwaukee’s First Octopus Fest

You’ll want to get your tentacles on some tickets to this squid-tastic event.

Hotel Madrid (600 S. Sixth St.) wants to contribute to the tens of thousands of pounds of pulpo (octopus) served each August at the famous Festival De Pulpo in the Galicia region in Spain. That is the inspiration for the hotel’s inaugural Octopus Festival on Sunday, Aug. 13 (noon-7 p.m.). The Walker’s Point venue (which houses the restaurant Bodegon) will turn its patio into a squid-tasting spectacular. Chefs from several Milwaukee restaurants, including Madrid, will offer octopus- (and “mocktopus-”) related tapas. Partnering restaurants include Goodkind, Wolf Peach, Movida, Black Sheep and Yokohama MKE.

The cost of admission ($15 in advance; $20 at the door) entitles each guest to four tapas tokens. More can be purchased at the event; drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. Guitarist Evan Christian – who operates the local jazz club Gibraltar – will provide the event’s live entertainment.

The restaurants will each offer at least one octopus (or moctopus) tapas. No specifics yet on those dishes, but let’s hope there is plenty of pan de cea (the Spanish bread traditionally eaten with tapas) to be had. Buy tickets.



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.