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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 9-13, 2017 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.
November 11-12, 2017 Holiday Harvest Wine & Food Festival
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 THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events today, they are to numerous to list.
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.
October 3, 2016 - 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 8, 2016 Living History Farms Annual Farmstasia Gala
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 10, 2016 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.
October 14, 2016 Harvest Festival - Boone, Iowa
Community Building, Boone County Fairgrounds.
November 4-6, 2016 Dubuque Food & Wine 2016 - Dubuque, Iowa
Featuring gourmet food and wine from the following extraordinary Dubuque, Iowa establishments: Caroline's Restaurant; L.May Eatery; Peppersprout Midwest Cuisine; The Woodfire Grill; Stonecliff Winery; Van's Wine & Liquor.
November 4-6, 2016 - 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.
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.
October 14-17, 2015 Borlaug Dialogue international symposium
Des Moines, Iowa
THE NORMAN E. BORLAUG INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, which is held each year in conjunction with the awarding of the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. Known as the "Borlaug Dialogue," this three-day event brings together international experts, policy leaders, business executives and farmers to address cutting-edge issues in food security and nutrition. It has been called "the premier conference in the world on global agriculture."
November 13-14, 2015 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.
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.
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.
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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