All day next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Sept 16 – 18, 2016), on the Court Avenue bridge across the Des Moines River, dozens of mini-restaurants will set up temporary shop up amidst workshops and morning-til-late-night live music.
The World Food and Music Festival began in 2005 as “a celebration of Iowa’s rich agricultural heritage,” in conjunction with the World Food Prize Ceremony.
Over the last eleven years, the event has evolved into a great big “global-local” celebration, with local food vendors offering cuisine from places as far-flung as Ethiopia, Czechoslovakia, Laos, and El Salvador. (Plenty of American favorites, too!) A full list of participating restaurants/food vendors is right here.
Stroll the food booths, and snack on Spanish and Arab food, a pizza baked in a wood-burning oven, crepes and tacos (to name a few), bookended by some hot, fresh mini donuts and a Thelma’s ice cream sandwich.
The World Food and Music Festival is free and open to the public. Hours are Friday, Sept. 16: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. , Saturday, Sept. 17: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. , and Sunday, Sept. 18: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. More information at the World Food and Music Festival website and on the event’s Facebook page.