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Get Involved with the Festival

All applications are closed for 2020. Check back in April 2021 for available opportunities.


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 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.


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!


Check back in early July 2021 for opportunities to volunteer at the 2021 World Food & Music Festival.

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.

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.


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!