Slow Food Des Moines Hosts “Competitive Potluck” This Weekend

Tomatoes_2013This Sunday, the Slow Food Des Moines group is hosting its 12th Annual All-Iowa Food Fest and “Competitive Potluck.”

So, first, what’s Slow Food?, you ask. Slow Food “link[s] the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible.” The group’s motto is, “good, clean and fair food for all.”

An international movement with over 150,000 members in 150 countries, the considerably smaller Des Moines-area Slow Food group has been around for about 15 years.

Well, what about this Food Fest thing?

Previously open to Slow Food members only, this year the group is opening up the event to the food-loving public. We thought our readers might be interested in enjoying an end-of-summer gourmet picnic with like-minded local folks.

nectarinesThe details: Sunday, September 8, 2013, 1 – 4 pm, at the Jasper Winery (note new location this year!). The festivities (and feasting) commence at 1:00, and the grounds open at noon.  Admisison: Slow Food Members $25; Non-members $30. If you bring a dish for the culinary competitions, and get a $5 discount. The proceeds will cover the meat, contest prizes, venue, etc.

Speaking of the meat, it is being grilled up by the master grillers (and AllSpice customers) at Mo’ Rub. The wine (duh) is being provided by  Jasper Winery. You just bring a contest entry (or two or more) and a favorite side dish to share.

If you have some friends who love good food, please bring them along! This event is a great opportunity to show off your blue-ribbon dish, and enjoy the best food from fellow Slow Food Des Moines members.

Speaking of blue-ribbon dishes, there are prizes for the best dish in a bunch of categories, from deviled eggs to six different classes of pies.

Know you’re going? Please RSVP to, or give Kari a call at 515 771 5886. She needs an approximate head-count for the event.

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