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2024 IOWA: January through May 2024
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(see also: 2020  -  2017  -  2016  -  2015)


January 6-7, 2024
5th Annual Heartland Farm Toy & Diecast Super Show
Altoona, Iowa
Palace Theater Adventureland Park. Show hours are Sat. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info call (719) 546-1970.

January 8-9, 2024
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.

January 9-11, 2024 - Farm Futures Business Summit - Coralville, Iowa
Improve Your Business Skills – We'll Show You How. 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.

January 24-25, 2024  Iowa Pork Congress - Des Moines, Iowa
For 50 years, the Iowa Pork Producers Association has been putting together the Iowa Pork Congress, an event that combines business, education, achievement recognition, and social get-togethers for those whose daily lives depend on pork production.


January 27, 2024  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 30-February 1, 2024  Iowa AG Expo - Des Moines, Iowa
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 14, 2024 - 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 15-17, 2024  IMPA Annual Convention & Trade Show
Ames, Iowa
The Iowa Meat Processors Association.  Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, Ames, IA

February 17-24, 2024  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 27-29, 2024 - 37th 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 1-8, 2024  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 4-8, 2024 - National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.  'Make the Grade with School Breakfast.'

March 9, 2024  DeWitt Central FFA Boosters Farm Toy Show
DeWitt, Iowa
From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  at Clinton County Fairgrounds, 328 8th St. E.  For more info call (563) 847-7354.

March 19, 2024 - 'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize & celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.

March 23-24, 2024  41st 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 6, 2024  Iowa Eats: Food & Drink Festival - Waterloo, Iowa
Waterloo Convention Center.  Featuring All Iowa Foods, Beverages, Chefs, Authors and Ag Products!

April 14, 2024  42nd Annual North Iowa Farm Toy Show
Mason City, Iowa
North Iowa Fairgrounds.  Sunday 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.

April 27, 2024  Downtown Waterloo Sip-n-Stroll - Waterloo, Iowa
12PM to 6PM. Downtown Waterloo Sip-n-Stroll is a self guided bar crawl through downtown Waterloo.  Come enjoy drink and food specials at our participating businesses and support local!  Raffle prizes will be given away every hour and admission for the event comes with an automatic entry into the raffle.

May 4, 2024  16th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival
Des Moines, Iowa
The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival (BRBF) is for those wise folks who know that bacon is more than just a breakfast food—it’s a lifestyle. Baconfest is an event created by devout bacon-lovers for bacon-lovers. Every year passionate people from all corners of the wide world flock to Baconfest in Des Moines, IA (the famous hog state) fixin’ to feast on tasty bacon delicacies, to get weird, and to have a grand ol’ time. Attendance: 8,000

May 4-5, 2024  MAIFEST - Amana Colonies, Iowa
A celebration of spring featuring: Maipole dancers, German music, parade, food and activities.

May 12, 2024 - MOTHER'S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

May 31-June 3, 2024  99th Annual Fredericksburg's Dairy Day
Fredericksburg, Iowa
'Home Is Where The Herd Is!'  Dairy breakfast, midway, ice cream making contest, milking contest, parade, music and fireworks.

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

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.


2017 IOWA: January through May 2017

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

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: )



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