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World Food & Music Festival Returns September 18 - 20

August 31, 2015

The 11th Annual World Food & Music Festival will return to Downtown Des Moines (DSM) 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 the region'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

The 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 WorldFoodandMusicFestival.org.

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 WorldFoodandMusicFestival.org.

All media inquiries should be directed to Jessica Barlow at (515) 286-4907 or jbarlow@DSMpartnership.com. Visit WorldFoodandMusicFestival.org for more information.


World Food & Music Festival

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. 

World Food & Music Festival 2015 Farm Bureau Financial Services Stage Schedule

Friday, Sept. 18

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Punching Pandas

1 – 3 p.m.

Kelly’s Clan

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Brazilian 2wins

5:30– 6 p.m.

Salsa Des Moines

6 – 8 p.m.

Twins

8:30 – 10 p.m.

The Black Cadillacs

 

Saturday, Sept. 19

11 a.m. – noon

Britches & Hose Ukelele Club

12:30 – 1 p.m.

Salsa Des Moines

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Rude Punch

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Kaleena Calcutta

5:30 – 6 p.m.

Foy Irish Dancers

6:30 – 8 p.m.

North of Grand

8:30 – 10 p.m.

The 4ontheFloor

 

Sunday, Sept. 20

11 a.m. – noon

Navy Brass Band

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Gateway Dance Theatre

1 – 3 p.m.

Kellerville

3 – 3:30 p.m.

Salsa Des Moines

3:30 – 5 p.m.

The Tarakis

 

World Food & Music Festival 2015 Meredith Culinary Discovery Pavilion Cooking Demo Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 18

11 – 11:30 a.m.

Chef David Baruthio

Baru 66

12 –12:30 p.m.

Chef Alex Strauss

Jordan Creek Hy-Vee

1 – 1:30 p.m.

Chef Robin Clayton

Tasty Morsels

2 –2:30 p.m.

Chef Chris Caes

Wakonda Grill

3 –3:30 p.m.

ChefCaitlin Payne

Whole Foods

4 –4:30 p.m.

Chef Ryan Binney

La Mie Bakery

5 – 5:30 p.m.

ChefShawn Hanke

Waterfront Seafood

6 –6:30 p.m

Chef Holly Evans

Creme Cupcake

7 –7:30 p.m.

Chef Joe McConville

Gusto Pizza

 

Saturday, Sept. 19

11 – 11:30 a.m.

Chef Joe Wilson

Mama Lacona’s

12 – 12:30 p.m.

Chef Neil Stone

Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company

1 –1:30 p.m.

ChefJon Benedict

Purfoods

2 –2:30 p.m.

ChefEnosh Kelley

Bistro Montage

3 –3:30 p.m.

ChefLynn Pritchard

Table 128 Bistro & Bar

4 –4:30 p.m.

Chef Sheree Clark

Raw Vegan Chef

5 – 5:30 p.m.

Chef Pam Patton

Patton’s Restaurant & Catering

6 –6:30 p.m.

Chef Tawnya Zerr

Cupcake Emporium

7 –7:30 p.m.

Chef Brian Hildreth

Grand Junction Hy-Vee

 

Sunday, Sept. 20

11 –11:30 a.m.

ChefJud Eddy

The Urban Grill

12 –12:30 p.m.

ChefSteve Bryce

HOQ

1 –1:30 p.m.

ChefTerrie Kohl

Country Club Market

2 –2:30 p.m.

ChefLance Palmitier

Nadine & Dad’s Bar-B-Q & Olive Tap

3 –3:30 p.m.

ChefWill Kellogg

Iowa Beef Steakhouse

4 –4:30 p.m.

ChefCyd Koehn

Catering by Cyd

 

World Food & Music Festival 2015 Wells Fargo Cultural Discovery Experience Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 18

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Spice of Life with Mamta Israni

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Zen Calligraphy with Eric McCabe

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

My Nigeria with Eric Idehen

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Chief Tavita Taueetia from the Island of Samoa

 

Saturday, Sept. 19

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

West African Drumming with Anthony Stevens

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Filipino Children’s Games with Yolanda Duerson

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Classical, Folk and Bollywood Indian Dance with Pragnya Yogesh

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Taiko Drumming with Japan America Society of Iowa

 

Sunday, Sept. 20

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

A Cup of Bosnian Hospitality with Zeljka Kvravica

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

World Trivia with Iowa Resource for International Services

 

World Food & Music Festival 2015 Beer:

961 Lager, Lebanon
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider, Boston, MA
Belhaven Scottish Ale, Scotland
Bud Light, St. Louis, MO
Budweiser, St. Louis, MO
Carlsberg, Denmark
Coney Island Hard Rootbeer, New York, NY
Crabbie’s, Scotland
Czechvar Lager, Czech Republic
Exile Beatnik Sour, Des Moines, IA
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse, Germany
Kronenbourg 1664, France
Hoegaarden, Belgium
Illusive Traveler Grapefruit, Burlington, VT
Stawski Karlovacko, Croatia
Stawski Kingfisher, India
Kona Big Wave Golden Ale, Hawaii
Bud Light MIXX TAIL Long Island, St. Louis, MO
Magners Pear Cider, Ireland
Michelob Ultra, St. Louis, MO
MOA, New Zealand
O’Fallon Pumpkin, O’Fallon, MO
O’Hara’s Irish Red, Ireland
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Newport, OR
Samuel Adams Octoberfest, Boston, MA
Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout, United Kingdom
San Miguel, Philippines
Spaten Lager, Germany
Stella Artois, Belgium
Summit Saga, St. Paul, MN
Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat, Manhattan, KS
Tiger, Singapore
Tusker Lager, Kenya
Victoria, Mexico