Take a culinary tour of central Iowa with this A to Z Foodie Trail
What you need to know about one of Iowa's most charming desserts.
From apples to zucchini, and from bakeries to breweries, our state delivers goodies for every letter of the alphabet.
Travel Iowa has announced the inaugural A to Z Foodie Trail and it features 26 stops in a loop that includes Pella, Leighton, Oskaloosa, Knoxville, Melcher-Dallas and Pleasantville. Each stop stands for a letter of the alphabet.
Most stops on the trail are about an hour from Des Moines.
Nibble on gouda cheese curds from Frisian Farms or head on over to Vander Ploeg Bakery for Pigs in the Blanket. A free brochure of all the stops on the trail is available at most participating locations.
"The tourism community partners in Marion and Mahaska counties felt we wanted something new for visitors to enjoy year-round," said Jill Vandevoort, Director of Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Everyone enjoys food and beverages. Why not showcase those fun items that are unique to our communities and their businesses? We hope travelers will consider a weekend getaway with an overnight stay."
Travel Iowa chose edible attractions in Marion and Mahaska counties for its first year.
The A to Z Foodie Trail's Facebook page will post "national" holiday highlights and specials to coincide with such holidays as National Sausage Day and National Wine Day and visitors are encouraged to join in the fun by posting photos and partaking in specials, events and contests.
A to Z Foodie Trail participants for 2018:
A: Apple cider and apple pie
Pella Nursery, 1809 E. Vermeer Rd., Pella; (641) 628-1285
B: Blonde Fatale brew
Peace Tree Brewing Co., 107 W. Main St., Knoxville; (641) 842-2739
C: Chocolate wooden shoes, mills and tulips
Van Veen Chocolates, 713 Franklin St, Pella; (641) 204-0308
D: Dutch letters and St. Nick cookies
Jaarsma Bakery, 727 Franklin St., Pella; (641) 628-2940
Jaarsma Bakery, 201 A, Ave. E., Oskaloosa; (641) 673-6415
E: English toffee and Vermont maple crunch coffee
Smokey Row, 111 E. Monroe Street, Pleasantville; (515) 848-5959
Smokey Row, 109 S Market St., Oskaloosa; (641) 676-1600
F: Frontenac Gris wine
Nearwood Winery Tasting Room, 210 E. Robinson St., Knoxville; (641) 891-2469
G: Gouda cheese curds
Frisian Farms Cheese House, 2098 Fisher Ave., Leighton; (641) 204-2222
H: House dark roast coffee
Brew Coffee House, 626 Franklin St., Pella; (641) 621-0068
I: Iowa wines
The Wijn House, 615 Franklin St., Pella; (641) 621-0295
K: King's Cup coffee
Kahawa Cup, 301 A Ave. E., Oskaloosa; (641) 676-7622
L: Leighton brats
Leighton Processed Meats, 227 Otley St., Leighton; (641) 626-3211
M: Mayan mocha martini
Atlantic & Pacific Pub, 105 S. 3rd St., Knoxville; (641) 828-8008
N: Northcote's Bigfoot tenderloins
Northcote Wholesale Meats, Inc., 112 A St. S.E., Melcher-Dallas; (641) 947-2011
O: Oskyfizzante wine
Tassel Ridge Winery, 1681 220th St., Leighton; (641) 672-9463
P: Pigs in the Blanket
Vander Ploeg Bakery, 711 Franklin St, Pella; (641) 628-2293
Q & T: Queen bloody mary and 25 top beer bars in the USA
The Cellar Peanut Pub, 629 Franklin St., Pella; (641) 628-4467
R: Rose City red wine
Grape Escape Winery, 1185 40th Pl., Pleasantville; (515) 848-3094
S: Summer sausage and dried beef
In't Veld Meat Market, 820 Main St., Pella; (641) 628-3440
U: Ulrich's Genuine Pella bologna
Ulrich Meat Market, 715 Franklin St., Pella, (641) 628-2771
W: Windmill wheat flour
Pella Historical Village and Vermeer Windmill, 714 E 1st St., Pella; (641) 620-9463
X: X-tra fresh eggs and vegetable plants
Sunnyslope Greenhouses, 1621 IA-163, Leighton; (641) 626-3702
Y: Yoga Poser pale ale
NoCoast Beer Co., 1407 17th Ave. E., Ste. B, Oskaloosa; (641) 673-3481
Z: Zucchini and more
Five Points Heritage Farm, 2385 Norwalk Cir., Oskaloosa; (641) 230-0025
Planning partners include the Pella Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Mahaska County Agricultural and Rural Development/Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group and Marion County Development Commission.