If there is just one thing that you can say Des Moines has an abundance of it would have to be restaurants. It’s almost a problem because it makes it so hard to pick a place to go out to eat. It’s always a tough decision to decide between hitting up one of your favorite local restaurants, or branching out and trying something new. Well if you’re the type of person who inevitably winds up choosing what you know rather than trying something new and feels guilty that, then this weekend would be a great time to get on out to the East Village for the 7th annual World Food Festival.
|Times:||Friday Oct. 7: 11 am – 10 pm
Saturday Oct. 8: 11 am – 10 pm
Sunday Oct. 9: 11 am – 5 pm
This unique festival is held as a partnership with the World Food Prize Foundation which we talked about a bit more in our blog last year when they were in town. Basically the internationally lauded prize is awarded to the person of the year responsible for the most vital breakthrough in making significant and measurable contributions to improving the worlds food supply. In honor of that the World Food Festival in Des Moines was created to honor Iowa’s rich agricultural heritage. The festival highlights 30 local shops, making family recipes, each with their own ethnic flair with food ranging from American, Bosnia, the Caribbean, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Greece, Hawaii, India, Mesopotamia, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Salvador and Turkey. Stealing a play out of McDonald’s playbook all these merchants will be offering taste tests of their food for a dollar a piece. Once you find something you love all full plates are five dollars or less.
Food might be the best reason to visit, but it isn’t the only reason to be checking out the festival this weekend. Live music all day long, cooking demonstrations from local chefs teaching new cooking techniques, salsa dance lessons, the chance to pet an alligator….. there’s certainly plenty to keep you occupied. For a full run-down on events check out their website: http://www.worldfoodfestival.org
So give your taste buds a road trip and come check out this festival in the East Village of Des Moines!