Culinary Arts



Spice up your visit to the Des Moines Arts Festival® by visiting one of our two Food Courts, along with several independent locations 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.

2015 Food Vendor Information

If you are a Food Vendor and would like to be considered for participation in the 2015 Des Moines Arts Festival, please review the following information then submit your information using our online Food Vendor Application. Applications must be submited by March 27, 2015.

Fees and Deadlines

Booth space for the three days of the Festival is a flat fee of $1,950 (excluding grill space, required state food permit fee, electricity, and insurance). Vendors who desire to sell beverages in addition to food will pay an additional $300 and must be pre-approved by the Des Moines Arts Festival. Vendors who requested a grill space for cooking are required to pay an additional $500 for the space. All vendors must include a separate $500 check or money order for the required Clean-up Deposit (per space). This check/money order will not be deposited, and will be returned after the Festival if inspection of booth space after the event is satisfactory. The clean-up deposit will not be returned if trash is left behind or if booth space is left unclean and/or damage has been done to property and/or tent. This includes removing Festival-provided signage or equipment from site. The application along with fee(s) and deposit must be submitted no later than Friday, March 27, 2015. Payments received after this date or incomplete applications will be considered only after all others have been approved.

Electricity Fees (this is due upon acceptance along with signed contract)

  • One outlet with 110v/20 amp service = $30 per two-plug outlet
  • One outlet with 208v/50 amp service = $30 per two-plug outlet
What We Provide
The booth space fee includes the following:
  • One 10’x10’ vending space 
  • One 10’x10’ tent with sides plus one interior tent light – no additional lighting is provided
  • Service bar for front service area and one 8-foot long table for food preparation
  • Professionally-designed vendor business name and menu signage for tented spaces
  • On-site refrigerated truck space, potable water access and wastewater/grease disposal barrels
  • Convenient vehicle drive-in for setup and teardown
  • A festival that averages 200,000+ hungry people

Sustainability Program
The Des Moines Arts Festival continues to move forward with our sustainability initiative by taking positive steps to encourage recycling and other environment-friendly practices. Our goal is to become a zero-waste event and to help conserve natural resources and protect the environment. To accomplish this we require your participation in our waste reduction, recycling, and composting program.

ALL Vendors will be required to participate with the following Sustainability policies:

  • All food and beverage items must be served on/in compostable products. This includes plates, bowls, cups, eating utensils, and napkins. If you offer special refill cups, these cups must also comply. Exact product specifications and links to suppliers will be included as part of the acceptance package.
  • Reduce packaging and dispose of excess packaging properly. Use the Festival’s recycling center to deposit unwanted cardboard, paper and plastics.

2015 DMAF Hours
Food vendors are contracted to be open and fully operational during the following hours:

Friday, June 26
11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 27
11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 28
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mandatory Vendor Meeting
There will be a mandatory meeting of ALL accepted food vendors on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in Des Moines. Out-of-State vendors will be required to participate in a mandatory conference call meeting on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. CST.



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 movement at 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.


In addition to our specialty brewed Sassy Saison and One-Eyed Red, the Des Moines Arts Festival is proud to partner with the Iowa Craft Beer Tent to bring Iowans the very best craft beers from across the state.  Stay tuned for the 2015 menu of craft beers.



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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