Fun (and Food!) Events Coming To Historic East Village

Now that we’ve gotten the Labor Day holiday (and any end-of-summer commitments) out of the way, it’s time to clear your calendar for these fun events coming to the Historic East Village over the next few weeks:

Girls_Night_2015_posterGirls’ Night In the Village, September 17: this annual event pairs The John Stoddard Cancer Center (Unity Point Health) and merchants in the Historic East Village for an evening of education and entertainment.

In its fifth year, Girls’ Night in the Village kicks off at 5:30pm with a program on cancer prevention and treatment at the State Historical Building, followed by an open house at East Village stores from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Many shops are open late just for this occasion, and will have treats and in-store specials.

The event is free, but advance registration is required. Info and registration at this link. The first 500 registrants also will receive “a special gift.”

World Food and Music Festival, September 18 – 20: Once an adjunct to the annual award ceremonies of the Des Moines-based World Food Prize, The World Food & Music Festival is now a stand-alone event, dubbed by organizers “Des Moines’ premiere taste and entertainment.”

Over fifty food vendors (“tastes” for $1 each, entrees $5 or less) will be serving international cuisine. Local and regional bands (and dance troupes) will perform free live music throughout the festival, and the schedule is filled with a wide range of cooking demonstrations by the area’s top chefs. AllSpice is a proud sponsor of the 2015 festival.

The Festival “festivities” take place on the Walnut Street Bridge, between Downtown Des Moines and the Historic East Village, Friday and Saturday, 11 am – 10 pm, and Sunday 11 am – 5 pm.  For more information, consult the website, or follow the World Food and Music Festival on Facebook.


Heirloom_applesApple Time With AllSpice, September 29, 6 – 8 pm:  For a food event of a more intimate scale, join us at our next class at Cooking With Alessandra. In this class we’ll learn both classic and new takes on cooking with apples.  Just in time to take advantage of the apple harvest, we’ll guide you through dishes like Apple stuffed Sausages, Apple & Burrata Cheese Risotto, Spiced Baked Dessert Apples with Balsamic Caramel Sauce, and a spiked apple cider cocktail to top it off!

Alessandra says, “Bring wine and thoughts of fall, and who knows, there could even be focaccia with an apple feature!” The class size is very limited. To sign up for the Apple Time class ($55), enroll on the Cooking With Alessandra site.