A World of Food, Right Here, September 16 – 18

2016_world-food-music-festivalOne of our favorite harbingers of autumn is just around the corner. We’re looking very much forward to the World Food and Music Festival, coming back to our downtown neighborhood next weekend.

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.

2016-world-food-music-fest-logoThe 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.

Local chefs, food writers, and nutritionists will be facilitating workshops and demonstrations all weekend, and an entertainment stage hosts non-stop music and dance.

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.