Culinary Arts


Spice up your visit to the Des Moines Arts Festival® by visiting one of our two Food Courts, along with several independent stations located throughout the Festival. Some of the best Central Iowa has to offer from over 20 establishments. The Festival’s food vendors represent some of the best culinary treats Central Iowa has to offer with everything from Indian, Thai, Bar-B-Que, Brats, Fajitas, Curry Chicken, Gyros, Steak Kabob, Hand-dipped corn dogs, Lambres, Buckwheat Noodles, and more. Refreshing beverage products include fresh squeezed lemonade, smoothies, ice tea, beer, and wine.



Wines in Beverage Stations:

Gateway Vinho Verde  Hints of crisp green apple and grapefruit, fresh and appealing. Floral and aromatic herb expressions, bringing a lively, fresh character, supplemented by a delicate touch of fizz on the finish.

Gateway Vinho Verde Rose Lively strawberry and red currant complemented with floral notes. It is well balanced with good acidity and fresh fruity notes, young, crisp with a smooth and delicate finish.

Astoria Primo Rosso Voluptuous red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot, that is very approachable with smooth flavors of dark fruit lined with hints of chocolate finishing with soft tannins. 

Wines in Jazz &Wine Pavilion only:

Cartlidge & Brown Sauvignon Blanc Herbaceous and  refreshing lemongrass and citrusy green apple greets you upon uncorking this lovely wine. Slight mineral tastes and white peach tease your palate and leave you with a smooth, light finish.

Dr. L Riesling An intense aroma of grapefruit and peach pit, with a juicy, fruity blast on the palate followed by an acid-driven dryness of the finish.

Bonterra Chardonnay An initial impression of rich, buttery cream quickly turns to toasted aromas of honey and lightly toasted almonds, followed by tropical aromas of pineapple, citrusy lemon and creme brulee.

Heron Pinot Noir Ripe red berry and black cherry fruit balance its delicate spiciness.

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon Opens with aromas of black cherry, plum and violets, followed by subtle flavors of stawberry and allspice. Firn yet supple tannins finish off this approachable fruit-driven wine.

Craft Beer

It all started with two characters created by local artist, Chris Vance – Bucktoothed Blonde and One-Eyed Red. These characters were the driving force behind the craft beer of the Festival. The Festival teamed up with local brewery, Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Co. (CABCo.) to use these characters as a starting point to produce a specialty red beer as well as a blonde wheat beer to be served at the Festival. In 2013, we were proud to introduce One-Eyed Red's sassy younger sister, Sassy Saison!  Sassy is a Belgian Farmhouse Ale with spicy and fruity aromas and flavors from the Saison yeast.  It is light in color and has a dry, crisp, easy finish. Both beers will be available on-site at all four beverage stations.


Albia Brewing Company Albia, IA

Watermelon Pilsner: Refreshing Watermelon flavor

Backpocket Brewing Company Coralville, IA

Slingshot: Deep roasted flavor, with a light drinkable body

Jack Knife: Crisp, clean hop forward

Pennywhistle: Spicy German style Wheat

Confluence Brewing Company Des Moines, IA

Des Moines IPA: Hoppy, approachable, highly drinkable, and  well balanced

Blue Corn Lager: Light finish, a touch of sweetness with a solid body

High Water, Oatmeal Stout: Full bodied, smooth creamy finish, chocolate/coffee/toffee notes

Court Avenue Brewing Company Des Moines, IA

One Eyed Red: dry-hopped red ale, with toasty/caramel flavors.

Sassy Saison: Sweet malty aroma, crisp easy finish

Rootbeer: fresh hommade, with honey and vanilla

Exile Brewing Company Des Moines, IA

Ruthie: Incredibly balanced German Gold Lager

Gigi: A malty German Dark Lager

Great River Brewing Company Davenport, IA

483 Pale Ale: Dry-hopped American pale ale

Keg Creek Brewing Company Glenwood, IA

Apricot Wheat: Smooth with subtle apricot notes

Madhouse Brewing Company Des Moines, IA

Hopburst: Smooth bitterness and bright hops flavors

Honey Pilsner: Light and easy drinking lager

Millstream Brewing Company Amanas, IA

Schild Brau Amber: Malty-full bodied. 16 time award winning!

Johns White: Belgian citrus flavors. 10 time award winning!

Iowa Pale Ale: Iowa's own IPA

Peace Tree Brewing Company Knoxville, IA

 Red Rambler: Ruby red, deliciously malted balance with 3 types of hops

Raccoon Brewing Company Des Moines, IA

Vanilla Cream: Cream ale flavor with natural vanilla

Twisted Vine Brewery Saint Charles, IA

Sassie Blonde: Puckeringly tart, refreshing blonde ale thats a bit on the wild side

West O Beer Brewing Company West Okoboji, IA

Smoked Red: Roasated malt with caramel and campfire flavors

Holy L Session IPL: Clean Lager + Classic IPA hops




The Festival features an unbelievable selection of Budweiser products and our friends at Doll Distributing. Our menu includes Budweiser Aluminum, Bud Light Aluminum, Bud Light Lime Aluminum, Curious Traveler, Raz-Ber-Ritas, Michelob Ultra Aluminum, Stella Artois, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Angry Orchard, Modelo and the non-alcoholic O’Doul’s.

Please direct questions to James Bruton.

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