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2018 IOWA: OCTOBER 2018
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(see also: 2017  -   2015  -  2014  -  2010)


October 5-7, 2018
Oktoberfest 2018
Amana Colonies, Iowa
Everyone's favorite German-style fall festival! Parade, activities, and music throughout the colonies.

October 15-19, 2018
National School Lunch Week
School Nutrition Association.


2017 IOWA: OCTOBER 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

October 6, 2017  Living History Farms Annual Farmstasia Gala
Urbandale, Iowa
Farmstasia is a casually elegant fundraising dinner/auction event held in the historic Flynn Barn. We will also announce the winner of our Teacher of the Year contest at the Gala. Proceeds from Farmstasia support Living History Farms’ extensive education and outreach programs, which serve more than 23,000 Iowa school children annually.

October 7, 2017 - The Taco Festival - Des Moines, Iowa
A General Admission ticket provides access to taco-topia. Inside the event, you’ll find restaurants dishing out $2 tacos and bars and beverage stations serving margaritas, beer, water, and soda. The entire festival works on a token system – so you will purchase tokens worth $2 each and use those as cash. Vendors will be on hand to sell other food (mostly desserts) as well.


October 7, 2017
Living History Farms Corn Harvest
Urbandale, Iowa
Visit our historic farms and discover the process of picking corn in the past! Walk into the corn fields and help farm interpreters decide on harvest readiness! Take a horse and wagon ride and view corn picking machinery demonstrations. Help turn the crank on the corn sheller and witness a traditional farm hand's dinner. Demonstrations will be weather and crop dependent.

October 13, 2017 - 9th Annual Harvest Festival Mardi Gras
Boone, Iowa
Community Building, Boone County Fairgrounds.

October 16, 2017 - Iowa Hunger Summit - Des Moines, Iowa
The World Food Prize Foundation established the Iowa Hunger Summit as a means to celebrate Iowa's great successes in fighting hunger and poverty and to unite in further action against both.  The Iowa Hunger Summit seeks to gather leaders from across Iowa representing community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, social agencies, churches and religious communities, schools and universities, and other individuals and groups that lead or participate in projects to confront hunger.


2015 IOWA: OCTOBER 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

October 14, 2015  Panel hosted by Oxfam at The World Food Prize
Des Moines, Iowa
Oxfam is hosting a panel event during The World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. Norman Uphoff (Professor of Government and International Agriculture at Cornell University), Caryl Levine (co-founder of Lotus Foods Inc.), Vara Prasad (USAID), and Danielle Nierenberg (Food Tank) will be speaking on the panel.


2014 IOWA: OCTOBER 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

October 16, 2014  World Food Prize - Des Moines, Iowa
The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.  The Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply -- food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences.  The World Food Prize emphasizes the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people. By honoring those who have worked successfully toward this goal, The Prize calls attention to what has been done to improve global food security and to what can be accomplished in the future.


2010 IOWA: OCTOBER 2010
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

October 2, 2010  Tri-States Chili Cookoff - Dubuque, Iowa
Celebrate the autumn season in Cable Car Square, with entertainment, food, and chili cook-off contest.




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