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2019 IOWA: January through May 2019
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(see also: 2017  -  2016  -  2015  -  2013)


January 23-24, 2019
Iowa Pork Congress
Des Moines, Iowa
For producers, contract feeders, employees, consultants, students....anyone with an interest in the swine industry.

January 24-25, 2019
Farm Futures Business Summit - Iowa City, Iowa
Improve Your Business Skills – We'll Show You How.  A survey by Farm Futures shows farmers with the best business skills are three times as likely to run high profit farms. At the upcoming Farm Futures Business Summit we'll show you how to master the skills you need to take your farm to the next level.  This action-packed event comes at a crucial time for U.S. agriculture. Lower grain prices and high input costs squeeze margins. The summit is designed for farmers who want to become better managers and navigate the volatility sweeping through agriculture.

January 26, 2019  Winterfest 2019 - Amana Colonies, Iowa
Indoor and outdoor wintertime fun! Breakfast in a communal kitchen, fireside chili, and seasonal competitions.

January 29-31, 2019  Iowa Power Farming Show - Des Moines, Iowa
The Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association (I-NEDA) has introduced new themes for the Nebraska and Iowa Power Farming Shows. The new “More Power to You” themes are designed to showcase the powerful experience of attending the nation’s second and third largest indoor farm shows.  Attendance: 20,000+

February 14, 2019 - VALENTINE'S DAY
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

February 14-17, 2019  IMPA Annual Convention & Trade Show
Ames, Iowa
The Iowa Meat Processors Association

February 16, 2019  12th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival
Des Moines, Iowa
The Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival will be held at the Iowa Events Center from 10am to 5pm (9am for Early Entry Tickets and Tables).


Recognized as the “Mecca of all bacon festivals”, the much talked about Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival takes place annually in Des Moines, IA.  Organized and promoted by the Iowa Bacon Board, the festival offers participants: extensive bacon sampling, bacon lectures, bacon-inspired dishes, bacon competitions, an annual bacon queen, bacon awards, live entertainment and bacon camaraderie. Attendance: 8,000

February 16-23, 2019  National FFA Week - Nationwide
the week of George Washington's birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.

February 17-18, 2019  IWGA Annual Conference - Ankeny, Iowa
Iowa Wine Growers Association.  Our Iowa wine/vine industry is strong; over 200 people attended the 2016 meeting, and 30 vendors participated in the conference. Iowa has over 300 commercial vineyards and more than 100 wineries, making the IWGA Annual Conference a direct connection to your target market.

February 26-28, 2019 - 32nd Annual Iowa Hawkeye Farm Show
Cedar Falls, Iowa
For more than 30 years, the Hawkeye Farm Show has showcased the latest agricultural technology and services with over 200 exhibitors representing over 800 product lines, all inside the temperature-controlled UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Join over 18,000 agricultural producers from Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin to review the latest farm technology focused on improving yields, reducing costs, and managing risk.

March 1-9, 2019  Aldo Leopold Week - Various Venues, Iowa
The first full week of March is officially designated as Leopold Week in Iowa.  Communities in Iowa come together to demonstrate commitment to the 'Land Ethic' as put forth by environmentalist and author of 'A Sand County Almanac' (1949), Aldo Leopold, through community readings, film screenings, outdoor activities, and more.

March 4-8, 2019 - National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.  'Make the Grade with School Breakfast.'

March 9, 2019  DeWitt Central FFA Alumni Farm Toy Show
DeWitt, Iowa
At Central DeWitt High School, 331 E. 8th St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.   For more info call (563) 847-7354.

March 19, 2019 - 'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture

March 23-24, 2019  36th Annual Maple Syrup Festival
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Featuring Indian Creek’s own maple syrup, pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice, and milk.  Special activities include kids learning stations, maple syrup demonstrations, and live music.  Buy tickets in advance and take advantage of the express line at the door! Tickets also available the day of the event.


April 14, 2019
North Iowa Farm Toy Show
Mason City, Iowa
Mason City Fairgrounds.  Sunday 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.

April 22, 2019  Earth Day
Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

April 25, 2019
Taste of 'Loo
Waterloo, Iowa
Get your Passport and experience a world of flavors in Downtown Waterloo. Tickets for the Taste of Loo will be available for purchase at the Main Street Waterloo office, 212 E. 4th St., in Downtown Waterloo for $20.00 per person or you can purchase corporate packages of 10 tickets for $180.  With the purchase of a “passport” ticket, each of the participating establishments will provide you with one sample of their specialty.  This year we have added beer and wine sampling to compliment the food. You may visit the restaurants at your own pace and in any order. Be sure to end at SingleSpeed at 9:00 to be entered into a drawing.

May 3, 2019
School Lunch Hero Day
A chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria.

May 4-5, 2019 - Maifest 2019 - Amana Colonies, Iowa
A celebration of spring featuring: Maipole dancers, German music, parade, food and activities.

May 12, 2019 - MOTHER'S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

2017 IOWA: January through May 2017

events waiting for new dates

February 18, 2017 - Cured Meats Competition - Ames, Iowa
The Iowa Meat Processors Association

2016 IOWA: January through May 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events still waiting for new dates

April 22-24, 2016  Central Iowa Expo BBQ Cruise & Brew - Boone, Iowa

2015 IOWA: January through May 2015

events waiting for new dates

May 23-24, 2015  7th Annual Smokin' in the Junction BBQ Contest
West Des Moines, Iowa
Join us for hot BBQ, great food, live music, food vendors, kids activities, inflatables, the beer garden and two days full of fun!  Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) our event is one of the largest BBQ competitions in Iowa and includes over $10,000 in team prizes. Food and drink may not be purchased from our competitors, but is available from food vendors located along 5th Street. The performance stage and beer garden will be located at the south end of 5th Street under the 5th Street arch.  (also: )

2013 IOWA: January through May 2013

events still waiting for new dates

February 15, 2013  Tropical Wine Festival - Central Iowa, Iowa
The Tropical Wine Festival will offer guests the opportunity to leave behind a cold Iowa winter and escape to the Scottish Rite Consistory where they may sample some of the best Iowa-crafted wines from fifteen central Iowa wineries that comprise the Heart of Iowa wine trail. Hors d'ouevres will be prepared and served by some of Central Iowa's best known restaurants and specialty food providers.



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