World Food & Music Festival

World Food & Music Festival Returns
Sept. 18 – 20

 August 31, 2015

Festival Attendees are invited to sample $1 taste items and experience the full-plate options for $5 or less!

The 11th Annual World Food & Music Festival will return to Downtown Des Moines Sept. 18 – 20, 2015 on the Walnut Street Bridge. Hours are: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The World Food & Music Festival is central Iowa’s premier celebration of culinary culture featuring diverse food vendors, cooking demonstrations, live music, entertainment, and international beer and wine. Admission is free. Full schedules of performances, cooking demonstrations and programming are attached following this release.

53 Food Vendors representing 22 countries, International Beer, Wine and Cocktails
World Food & Music Festival will feature 53 international food vendors including 14 new this year showcasing food from 22 countries including Bosnia, Cambodia, China, France, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Thailand, the Philippines, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam and of course America. Festival attendees are invited to taste samples for $1 at every food vendor or experience the full-plate options for $5 or less. The festival will feature 34 beers including craft and imported varieties along with international wine and a variety of cocktails to choose from. Menus for each vendor and a full list of beverages can be found at

Music, Entertainment and Programming
The Festival will feature headliners The Black Cadillacs and The 4onthefloor; in addition to music from local and regional acts, cultural dancers and demonstrations on the Farm Bureau Financial Services Stage during the three-day event. The Wells Fargo Cultural Discovery Experience will return for the third year, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about other cultures, countries and traditions through hands-on demonstrations and interactive children’s activities. Beaverdale Confections will also return with Chocolate Adventure, an opportunity for kids to learn about and taste different kinds of chocolate as they make their own world themed chocolate lollipop.

Live Cooking Demonstrations from local chefs
Live cooking demonstrations will take place at the Meredith Culinary Discovery Pavilion throughout the three-day festival. Stop by the pavilion to learn new techniques and sample inspiring creations. The Festival is proud to welcome 24 local chefs representing the rich and diverse culinary scope serving Central Iowa.

New for 2015!
The World Food & Music Festival is pleased to announce it will host a fireworks show for the first time, presented by MidAmerican Energy Company, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities available
The World Food & Music Festival is in need of approximately 100 community volunteers for a variety of shifts and duties ranging from assisting during cooking demonstrations to event set up and tear down. For more information or to register to volunteer, visit

All media inquiries should be directed to Jessica Barlow at 515-286-4907. Visit for more information.

The World Food & Music Festival is produced by the Downtown Community Alliance. Sponsors include Bravo Greater Des Moines, Bankers Trust, Casey’s General Store, Doll Distributing, DuPont Pioneer, Eurofins Scientific, Meredith Corporation, MidAmerican Energy Company, Nationwide, Prairie Meadows, Ruan Corporation, The Principal Financial Group, Voya Financial and Wells Fargo. Media Partners include MORE104 and WHO-TV 13. Last year, more than 82,000 people attended the World Food & Music Festival. The Downtown Community Alliance, one of the four pillars of the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s work, provides a consistent and constant focus on developing and maintaining a vibrant downtown core. Downtown Events Group Corporate Partners include Bravo Greater Des Moines, GuideOne Insurance, Hubbell Realty, MidAmerican Energy Company, Nationwide, Prairie Meadows, The Des Moines Register, The Principal Financial Group and UnityPoint Health – Des Moines.

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