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Editor's note: The time of the naturalization ceremony has been corrected. That event is at 11 a.m. Friday.

A full weekend of international food and music is in store.

The 15th annual World Food & Music Festival will be held at Western Gateway Park in Downtown Des Moines from Friday to Sunday.

More than 50 food vendors representing more than 25 countries and culinary regions will be featured at one of Des Moines’ premier food and music festivals.

The festival will be open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

Vertical Horizon will headline the festival on Saturday. The band was founded in the early 1990s and in 1999 they released their breakout album, "Everything You Want," which went on to sell more than 2 million copies.

The second single off the CD, the title track “Everything You Want,” captured the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Adult Top 40 charts, and became Billboard’s Most Played Single of 2000.

The band garnered further radio attention with “You’re a God” (No. 4 on Billboard’s Adult Chart) and “Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning).” The band's latest album, "The Lost Mile," was released in 2018.

Full music lineup

The full music lineup for the Polk County Board of Supervisors Main Stage can be found here:


  • Naturalization ceremony - 11 a.m.
  • Darian Taylor - 1-2 p.m.
  • Joshua Sinclair - 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Rob Lumbard - 4-5 p.m.
  • Lily DeTaeye - 5:30-7 p.m.
  • The Maytags - 7:30-9 p.m.
  • B2wins - 9:30 – 11 p.m.


  • Nationwide Cooking Challenge - 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Girls Rock! Des Moines - 2-3 p.m.
  • Parranderos - 3:30-5 p.m.
  • NOLA - 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Decoy - 7:30-9 p.m.
  • Vertical Horizon - 9:30-11 p.m.


  • Dueling Fiddles - 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Of Sea and Stone - 1-2:30 p.m.
  • People’s Choice Winner Announced - 3-3:10 p.m.
  • The Sheet - 3:15-5 p.m.

Cuisine lineup

The award-winning festival celebrates cuisine from around the world including Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Polynesia, Somalia, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, Venezuela and more

New vendors in 2019 include:

  • Africana (Somalia)
  • Lumpia & Co (Philippines)
  • Momo-Chen (Asia)
  • Saap Bowl (Japan)

Free parking is available at the Nationwide parking garage at Walnut and 12th during the festival. Free bike valet is also available during the festival on Grand Avenue between 13th and 14th streets.

A variety of volunteer shifts are available throughout the weekend in several different areas as part of the Festival Volunteer Program, sponsored by Bankers Trust.

For more information on the World Food & Music Festival, visit

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