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2020 IOWA: January through May 2020
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(see also: 2017  -  2016  -  2015)


January 4-5, 2020
1st Annual Heartland Farm Toy & Diecast Super Show
Altoona, Iowa
Palace Theater Adventureland Park. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more info call (641) 521-4715.

January 22-23, 2020
Iowa Pork Congress
Des Moines, Iowa
For producers, contract feeders, employees, consultants, students....anyone with an interest in the swine industry.

January 23-24, 2020  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 23-24, 2020  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.

January 24, 2020 - Spud Night - Madrid, Iowa
Iowa Arboretum. Create your own mouthwatering creations at the Iowa Arboretum’s spud bar. Butter, sour cream and all the fixings will be available.  Dr. Ajay Nair, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Vegetable Production Specialist, will speak at 5:30 pm about potato fun facts.  Tickets are $8 a person. Children ages 5 and under are free. Tickets are also available at the door.

January 25, 2020  Winterfest 2020 - Amana Colonies, Iowa
Indoor and outdoor wintertime fun! Breakfast in a communal kitchen, fireside chili, and seasonal competitions.


January 28-30, 2020 - 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 5-7, 2020 - Feed & Grain LIVE - Des Moines, Iowa
Feed & Grain LIVE is a valuable learning and networking opportunity for those who thrive in the commercial feed, grain and allied processing industries.

February 13-16, 2020  IMPA Annual Convention & Trade Show
Ames, Iowa
The Iowa Meat Processors Association

February 14, 2020 - 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 22-29, 2020  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.

March 1-8, 2020  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 2-6, 2020 - National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.  'Make the Grade with School Breakfast.'

March 3-5, 2020  33rd Annual Iowa Hawkeye Farm Show 2020
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 7, 2020  13th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival
Des Moines, Iowa
The Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival will be held at the Horizon 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.


March 14, 2020
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 21-22, 2020
37th 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.

March 24, 2020
'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.

April 16, 2020
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.

April 19, 2020  North Iowa Farm Toy Show - Mason City, Iowa
Mason City Fairgrounds.  Sunday 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.

April 22, 2020 - Earth Day - Worldwide
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.

May 1, 2020 - School Lunch Hero Day - Nationawide
A chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria.

May 2-3, 2020  Maifest 2020 - Amana Colonies, Iowa
A celebration of spring featuring: Maipole dancers, German music, parade, food and activities.

May 10, 2020 - 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: )



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