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Get Involved with the Festival

The 2022 World Food & Music Festival is scheduled for Sept. 16 – 18, 2022. Please stay tuned for more Festival details.

The 2021 World Food & Music Festival returned to its location in Downtown Des Moines (DSM)'s Western Gateway Park for its 17th year on Sept. 17 – 19, 2021.

Food Vendor Applications

Food vendors have been selected for the 2021 World Food and Music Festival. Please click here to learn more about the program. Vendor applications for the 2022 Festival will be available in March 2022.

For more information, please contact Colleen Murphy at (515) 286-4915 or cmurphy@DSMpartnership.com.


Applications will be available in March 2022.

Be a Featured Chef

Interested in showing off your culinary skills to Greater Des Moines (DSM) residents and visitors? The World Food & Music Festival is looking for local, regional and national chefs to present 30-minute demonstrations in the Meredith Culinary Discovery Pavilion during The Festival. Featured chefs are responsible for describing their recipe and cooking techniques to the visitors, as well as providing food supplies to complete the recipe(s). Basic cooking supplies, electricity, burners, some spices and a gift card to purchase ingredients are provided.

In return for your participation, The Festival will promote your appearance (with name and business included) in the printed program and website. Featured chefs can distribute printed materials (business cards, pamphlets, etc.) during the demonstration.

Please contact us for more information.


Becoming a World Food & Music Festival merchant allows you to garner attention for your business/organization or present your craft to a new audience. The Festival depends on diverse vendors to create a unique event each year. Click HERE to learn more. 


The World Food & Music Festival is looking for non-profit partners to showcase their organization at The Festival. Opportunities are available for just a few hours, one day or multiple days. Click HERE to learn more.


The World Food & Music Festival strives to find talented and unique entertainers to create a one-of-a-kind experience for attendees. If you are a musician or performing artist, please consider applying to be a part of The Festival! Click HERE to learn more. 


Without its volunteers, The Festival would not be able to provide the high level of cultural and food programming that is currently offered at the three-day event. With a variety of different jobs to choose from, you can volunteer by yourself or with a group of foodie friends. Whatever you choose, there is a spot for you. You will receive a free Festival t-shirt to wear during your shift(s) and food tickets to use at The Festival. Click HERE to learn more.

Event Team

Looking for a leadership role at The Festival? Join the Event Management Team!

You will have the opportunity to take lead throughout The Festival and work closely with the staff. Team members will be responsible for managing specific programs during The Festival including, Information Booth, Cooking Demonstrations, Adventure Tents and the Cultural Discovery Experience.

Please contact us for more information.