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About the Festival

World Food & Music Festival is produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The event offers international cuisine, live music and performing arts, cooking demonstrations, wine and craft beers and much more. With the help of its generous sponsors, The Festival is now entering its 15th year in 2019. Savor it with friends, family and the people of Greater Des Moines (DSM).

All vendors take cash and some accept credit cards. For your convenience, ATMs are on-site at The Festival.

World Food and Music Festival

History

The World Food & Music Festival began in October 2004 in the Historic East Village in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). It featured approximately two dozen vendors and welcomed thousands of guests eager to explore the diverse cuisine. The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines was there from the beginning to support The Festival and provide a solid base from which to grow.

Over the years, The Festival expanded its vendors, programming and entertainment and continued to see more guests enjoying the activities each year. To accommodate the growth, The Festival moved onto the Downtown DSM bridges for several years and in 2017 expanded into its current home in Western Gateway Park. Today, more than 90,000 guests visit The Festival each year to taste, see, hear and experience the many wonders of the World Food & Music Festival.

Experiencing The Festival

Get Involved

Interested in participating? Sign up to volunteer, be a vendor or apply to be a part of the music & entertainment lineup! Visit the Get Involved page for more information.

Sponsorship

The World Food & Music Festival's success is due in part to the generosity of its sponsors. For more information, visit the Sponsor page or contact Colleen Murphy, Downtown Events Director.