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World Food and Music Festival

World Food and Music Festival
1200 Grand Avenue
515-286-4950

World Food and Music Festival is produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The event offers international cuisine, live music and performing arts, cooking demonstrations, interactive programs, wine and craft beers and much more.

History:

The World Food and Music Festival began in October 2005 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 and Music Festival.

Recent News

World Food and Music Festival 2021

Enjoy The Flavors Of 2021 The World Food and Music Festival will return to its location in Downtown Des Moines (DSM)'s Western Gateway Park for its 17th year on Sept. 17 – 19, 2021. The World Food and Music Celebration is free to attend and…

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World Food and Music Festival 2019

World Food and 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…

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World Food and Music Festival 2018

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…

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World Food and Music Festival 2017

Schedule: Friday, September 15, 2017 11:00 – 12:30 p.m: David Zollo & The Body Electric 1:00 – 2:00 p.m: Ace Jones 2:30 – 4:00 p.m: Kelly’s Clan 4:30 – 6:00 p.m: The Punching Pandas 6:30 – 7:00 p.m: Salsa…

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World Food and Music Festival 2015

Schedule: September 18, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM : The Punching Pandas The Punching Pandas are a seven-piece powerhouse party band out of Des Moines, Iowa. Their explosive live performance boasts music from all eras and genres including funk,…

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World Food and Music Festival 2013

Schedule: Friday, September 20, 2013: 11 am - 12:30 pm: World Port 1 pm - 1:30 pm: Japanese Taiko Drumming 2 pm - 3:30 pm: Boteco 4 pm - 5:30 pm: Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos 6 pm - 7:30 pm: Parranderos Latin Combo 8 pm - 10 pm: Salsa…

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World Food Festival 2012

Schedule: Friday, September 21, 2012: Corona Stage: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Brazilian 2wins 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm: The Snacks 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: It’s Complicated 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Salsa Des Moines 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Banda Sensacion 8:00 pm - 10:00…

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