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2022 IOWA: January through May 2022
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(see also: 2021  -  2020  -  2017  -  2016  -  2015)


 

January 15-16, 2022
10th Annual Great Lakes Toy Show - Spirit Lake, Iowa
Dickinson County Expo Center - Saturday 9 A.M. - 4 P.M. - Sunday 9 A.M. - 3 P.M.

January 19-21, 2022
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 22, 2022  Winterfest - Amana Colonies, Iowa
Winterfest is the perfect way to get out of the house in late January and embrace the season with a variety of both outdoor and indoor activities, it’s a great way to spend a Saturday in the Winter.  Winterfest at the Market Barn; Wine & Beer Walk; Wine and Dine; 5K Run / Walk.

January 26-27, 2022 - Iowa Pork Congress - Des Moines, Iowa

February 1-3, 2022 - Iowa AG Expo - Des Moines, Iowa
New Name. same Great Show !  (formerly Iowa Power Farming Show).  No need to travel far to see the latest farm equipment, high tech electronics and precision agriculture when the Iowa Ag Expo brings the biggest names and newest innovations to Des Moines each winter.  Attendance: 20,000+

February 9-10, 2022  Iowa Specialty Producers Conference
Ankeny, Iowa
The Iowa Wine Growers Association (IWGA) has partnered with the Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (IFVGA) to host the Iowa Specialty Producers Conference. The event was a huge success and is a continued effort for the associations each year. The ISPC is made possible in part through grant funding from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS).  The conference features keynote speaker and multiple breakout session tracks focusing on viticulture, enology, fruits, vegetables, other specialty crops and business/marketing.

February 14, 2022 - 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 17-20, 2022  IMPA Annual Convention & Trade Show 2022
Ames, Iowa
The Iowa Meat Processors Association

February 19-26, 2022  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 26, 2022  14th 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 1-3, 2022  34th 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 22, 2022 - 'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize & celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.

March 26-27, 2022  39th 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 10, 2022  41st Annual North Iowa Farm Toy Show
Mason City, Iowa
Mason City Fairgrounds.  Sunday 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.

April 22, 2022 - Earth Day - Worldwide
More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

April 30-May 1, 2022  MAIFEST - Amana Colonies, Iowa
A celebration of spring featuring: Maipole dancers, German music, parade, food and activities.

May 8, 2022 - MOTHER'S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.
 

2021 IOWA: January through May 2021
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events waiting for new dates

March 8-12, 2021 - National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.  'Make the Grade with School Breakfast.'

May 7, 2021 - School Lunch Hero Day - Nationawide
A chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria.
 

2020 IOWA: January through May 2020
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events waiting for new dates

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 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.

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.

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 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.
 

2017 IOWA: January through May 2017
 IOWA FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS

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
 IOWA FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS

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: www.valleyjunction.com/event/smokin-junction/ )

 

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