Join AllSpice at the 13th annual World Food & Music Festival this Friday, September 15, through Sunday, September 17. The festival features over fifty food vendors, representing more than two dozen countries and culinary traditions from around the world.
The festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday — one hour later than in previous years — and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Des Moines Register says about 80,000 people attended last year’s festival and even more are expected for this year’s event — hence its new location in the Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines.
Also new this year, The Spice Adventure tent (sponsored by Principal Financial Group) will feature classes and activities led by Allspice Culinarium staffers. The sessions will feature seasonings from a variety of culinary traditions, and are open to festival-goers of all ages! Read on for the schedule:
Friday, September 15
5 p.m. – Olive Oil Tasting: With so many different kinds of olive oils, how do you know which one to choose? Stop by to sample the flavors with and without spices mixed in, and learn all of the health benefits that olive oil can bring to your life. [This class is offered each day of the World Food and Music Festival, and at each olive oil session throughout the weekend, new flavors will be available for learning and sampling.]
Saturday, September 16
1 p.m. – Paprika 101: Paprika is a spice that can be found in dishes all around the world. Learn more about six varieties and sample their different flavors.
3 p.m. – Olive Oil Tasting: With so many different kinds of olive oils, how do you know which one to choose? See description, above.
5 p.m. – Curry 101: Did you know there are hundreds of ways to create a curry spice blend? Stop by the Spice Adventure to learn about a few of them and create your own special blend.
Sunday, September 17
1 p.m. – Olive Oil Tasting: With so many different kinds of olive oils, how do you know which one to choose? See description, above.
Admission to the World Food and Music Festival is free, and so are all the activities AllSpice is hosting at the Spice Adventure tent.
Each food and drink vendor at the festival will include multiple items for sale, with none of the offerings costing more than $6. Each vendor will also include sample-size items for a dollar.