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2017 IOWA: November & December 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

(see also:   2012)


November 3-5, 2017
Dubuque Food & Wine
Dubuque, Iowa
Featuring gourmet food and wine from the extraordinary Dubuque, Iowa establishments.

November 3-5, 2017
National Farm Toy Show
Dyersville, Iowa
National Farm Toy Museum. Events include collectors' dinner, sanctioned micro-mini pull, auction, Mercy Hospital bazaar and pedal pull for kids.  Attendance: 15,000.

November 10-11, 2017  Iowa’s Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo
Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa’s Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo, presented by Hy-Vee, will be a melting pot for culinary enthusiasts throughout the Midwest, offering the opportunity to discover the latest cooking techniques from local and regional culinary experts.  A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to Variety, The Children’s Charity.

November 11-12, 2017  Holiday Harvest Wine & Food Festival
Various, Iowa
Start your celebration of the season by enjoying holiday foods and wines on the Great River Road Wine Trail!   Each ticket holder will receive a wine trail glass and a six-bottle wine tote at the first winery visited. Their ticket and wine glass will entitle the holder to free wine and food tasting at each winery. You can pay for your ticket at the winery or online, using PayPal. Online purchasers should bring their PayPal receipt to the first winery visited. Plan to enjoy the event for the entire weekend, and visit all nine wineries! Start as far away as you can, and work your way home!!  Please have a designated driver (sorry no wine tasting, but a lot of great local food). Designated driver tickets are $10 per person.  Enjoy the featured wines and ciders paired with holiday foods, at each of the wineries on the Trail!


November 23, 2017

There are so many events today, they are to numerous to list.

December 2, 2017
Norwegian Christmas
Decorah, Iowa
Vesterheim National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center.  This lively day of events includes Scandinavian holiday traditions, crafts, music, a movie, treats, and more.

December 2-17, 2017  Winterfest - Madrid, Iowa
Iowa Arboretum. Come and celebrate the best of Iowa-grown Christmas trees at the Iowa Arboretum. Trees are decorated by local clubs, schools, and organizations. Free event.

December 9, 2017  Tuba Christmas - Mason City, Iowa
The annual Tube Christmas concert will perform favorite Christmas carols with over 100 tubas, baritone, saxophone and euphonium musicians from across the state. Performances will begin at 1p.m.

December 10, 2017 - Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.

December 16, 2017  Winter Solstice Celebration - Iowa City, Iowa
Come celebrate the winter solstice with friends, family, and Parks and Recreation staff at the Winter Solstice Festival of Light, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Park Lodge at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. Enjoy sipping hot chocolate while making holiday gifts out of natural materials inlcuding fruit garlands, dipped candles, potpourri sachets, pine cone ornaments, and luminaries, which will be lit in celebration of the shortest day of the year. There is no fee to participate and all are welcome!


2012 IOWA: November & December 2012
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

December 1, 2012  Christmas Cookie Festival - West Des Moines, Iowa
Christmas Cookie Festival is Saturday, December 1, 8:30-11:00 a.m. For $15, you will receive a 96 oz. bucket that you can fill with cookies. Donated cookies should be brought to the church on Friday, November 30. Proceeds will go to Bidwell-Riverside Center.




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