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2016 IOWA: September to December 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

(see also: 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2010)

August 30-Sept 1, 2016  Annual Farm Progress Show - Boone, Iowa


September 1-5, 2016
Old Threshers Reunion
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
The largest collection of working steam power in the Midwest. Traction steam engines, antique gas tractors, trolleys, a steam carousel and more. Crafts, great food, bluegrass and gospel music.

September 10-18, 2016  Clay County Fair - Spencer, Iowa
'The World’s Greatest County Fair' since 1917, attracts more than 300,000 people each September for unique experiences including world-class Grandstand entertainment, daily livestock and horse shows, more than $100,000 in free entertainment, thousands of competitive exhibits, the thrilling GoldStar Amusements Midway, every imaginable type of fair food, hundreds of commercial vendors and the largest farm machinery display at any fair in the United States!

The Clay County Fair is 'The World’s Greatest County Fair' by presenting blue-ribbon competition, world-class entertainment and innovative exhibits in a safe family atmosphere, while also providing year-round facilities for entertainment and events.   Attendance: 300,000.

September 15-18, 2016 - 106th Annual National Cattle Congress Fair
Waterloo, Iowa
Carnival, midway, livestock shows, exhibits, and PRCA rodeo.

September 16-18, 2016  World Food & Music Festival
Des Moines, Iowa
More than 50 Food Vendors Featuring.  Cuisine from Around the World. Live Entertainment  –  Cooking Demonstrations. $1 tastes/all entrees $5 or less.  Free to attend.

September 17, 2016  Brew Ha Ha - Davenport, Iowa
It's a party for your taste buds! It just wouldn't be fall in the Quad-Cities without this favorite beer-tasting event! And this year, the Davenport Jaycees are excited to be continuing the tradition of this popular event!  You can count on lots of fantastic beer to taste from local, regional and national brewers -- that's what Brew Ha Ha is all about.  Take a tour of the American brewing landscape -- one ounce at a time -- from some of the finest brewers.


Some are from well-loved places around the QC, while others will offer you something new to sample and sip.  Brew Ha Ha offers just about every type of beer, porter, ale, lager and more – and we couldn't do this event without the generous volunteer spirit of our beer sponsors, and the helping hands of our volunteers. And just like before - the proceeds from this event continue to go to support local charities and programs in the Quad-Cities - like Jaycee Santa or our Impact Projects (the most recent of which was the new library at Camp Abe Lincoln!)

September 17, 2016  23rd Annual Chili & Salsa Cook-Off
Sioux City, Iowa
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland will host Downtown Sioux City’s Annual Chili and Salsa Cookoff. This year there will be a live band and kid zone! Participants will compete for over $2,000 in cash prizes and top honors in the Chili or Salsa Division. Public tasters will vote to determine the People’s Choice Chili and People’s Choice Salsa titlists.

September 23-24, 2016  24th Annual Coca-Cola Days - Atlantic, Iowa
Atlantic is the Coca-Cola Capital of Iowa, and we welcome everyone to join us for our annual Coca-Cola Days Celebration.

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
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 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 10-14, 2016  National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

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.

November 12-13, 2016  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 24, 2016  THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events today, they are to numerous to list.

December 10, 2016  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.


2015 IOWA: September to December 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.

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.


2014 IOWA: September to December 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.


2013 IOWA: September to December 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 28, 2013  Dutch Oven Cook Off - Atlantic, Iowa
Lake Anita State Park.  Categories for appetizers, main dish,bread, dessert, and new this year, a 3 course meal. Prizes will be given.


2012 IOWA: September to 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.


2010 IOWA: September to December 2010
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 17-18, 2010  Pulaski Corn Show - Pulaski, Iowa
Corn, vegetables, and pastry show. Parade, food, entertainment, tractor rides and children's activities.

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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