The World Food & Music Festival: Everything you need to know
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Just in case the Iowa State Fair and Restaurant Week weren't enough to fill up your bellies, there's another food event happening this September, Des Moines.
The 14th annual World Food & Music Festival will be held Sept. 14-16 at Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines.
More than 50 food vendors representing more than 25 countries and culinary regions will be featured at this award-winning food and music festival. The festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. the first two days and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16.
The award-winning festival celebrates cuisine and entertainment from around the world, including Bosnia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Italy, India, Jamaica, Kenya, the Mediterranean, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nepal, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and more.
New vendors in 2018 include:
- Amos Dean Catering
- Curry Hut
- Greek Flame Foods
- Hotsy Totsy
- Keeping Up with the Jones’s
- La Calle
- Roadside Tacos
- Rootz Afro Caribbean Cuisine
- World Caravan
“On behalf of my colleagues, we are proud to support the World Food & Music Festival,” said Polk County Supervisor Angela Connolly. “Our region has a reputation as a welcoming and inclusive community and this has not happened on accident. This festival is one of many ways we can showcase the diversity that makes Polk County the place that we all love to call home and we are proud to share this home with friends and businesses from around the world.”
Take advantage of these frequently updated metro dining guides:
- Where to eat in downtown Des Moines
- The essential East Village dining guide
- The ultimate list of local Ankeny restaurants
- The West Des Moines restaurant guide: 2018 edition
Perkins, a semifinalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” will perform on the Polk County Board of Supervisors Main Stage on Sept. 14. The singer/songwriter’s first single, “Fearless,” hit number five on the iTunes charts and has had more than 250,000 streams and digital downloads.
Headlining Sept. 15 is the Tony Bohnenkamp All-Star Band. Tony Bohnenkamp is a veteran of countless piano bars, music venues and private functions across the Midwest. His performances are driven by audience requests and participation and draw from his massive and diverse catalog. When he adds his three-piece band to the mix, expect to hear all of these songs at their rocked out best.
In addition to the headliners, the Polk County Board of Supervisors Main Stage will feature:
- Ace Jones
- Lily DeTaeye
- Joshua Sinclair
- The Sheet
- The Maytags
- Girls Rock! Des Moines
- Punching Pandas
- NOLA Jazz Band
- Brazilian 2wins
- David Zollo
- Body Electric
More event highlights
New this year:
- The festival is adding a second stage to highlight culturally authentic music and dance performers. The Principal Cultural Stage will feature a variety of local artists throughout the weekend including Foy Irish Dance, Gateway Dance Theatre, Soten Taiko, Salsa Des Moines and the Allionce, Lion Dance Team.
- A naturalization ceremony for the U.S. District Court will be held Sept. 14 at 11:30 a.m. on the Polk County Board of Supervisors Main Stage.
- Meals from the Heartland will package more than 60,000 meals during the festival to be sent to people in need around the world.
A variety of volunteer shifts are available throughout the weekend in several different areas as part of The Festival Volunteer Program. To sign up for a volunteer shift or for more information on the World Food & Music Festival, visit worldfoodandmusicfestival.org.