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Get Involved with the Festival

Want to get involved with the World Food & Music Festival? The Festival offers endless opportunities!


Be a Featured Chef

Interested in showing off your culinary skills to 80,000 Greater Des Moines (DSM) residents and visitors? The World Food & Music Festival is proud to feature local chefs who wish to demonstrate diverse recipes. The Festival looks 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 and some spices 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 Emily Lyon for more information on how to participate as a featured chef.


Becoming a World Food & Music Festival vendor allows you to showcase your culinary talents, 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. Please fill out the form below that applies to you:

For food vendors, please review the Food Vendor Information Guide before submitting an online application.

Vendor applications for the 2019 Festival will be accepted through end of day on May 3, 2019.


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!

Applications to be an entertainer at The Festival are now open for 2019! Please submit an online application by end of day May 31, 2019 to be considered for a time slot.


Interns assist with the planning and implementation of the World Food & Music Festival and are integral members of the team. It is a great opportunity to learn how a festival works from behind the scenes for those who are considering a career in events! 

The internship positions for 2019 have been filled, but openings are still available with the volunteer Event Management Team.