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.

All Star Catering   Hudson, WI
Offers classic American favorites and traditional festival treats. Menu items include: brats, burgers, corn dogs, cheese curds, cheese friend, chicken tenders, gyros, chicken fajitas & fresh-squeezed lemonade.

 All Things Cookie Dough!   Minneapolis, MN
Who doesn't love cookie dough? All Things Cookie Dough! takes it over the top with everything a cookie dough lover could hope for. Menue items include: cookie dough dip, cookie dough sundae & cookie dough truffles.

Baja Smoothies   St. Paul, MN
With each stand piled high with fresh fruit, you'll know your smoothie is 100% all natural and 100% delicious!

Cafe Fuzion   Des Moines, IA
Tantalize your tastebuds with this elcectic Asian cuisine. Menu items include: bacon rangoons, spring rolls, fried rice, and sweet & sour chicken.

Greek Flame Foods   Miami, FL
Calling all Mediterranean food lovers! Menu items include: gyros on pita, chicken pitas, Greek salads, Greek sampler platters, seafood sampler platters & artichoke platters.

Gusto Pizza   Des Moines, IA
Enjoy some of the most unique made-from-scratch pizza around! Menu items include: Vincent Van Goat, Mona Lisa, Jackson Pollack, classic pepperoni pizzas and caprese salad skewers

Hawaiian Grill   Pleasant Hill, IA
Look no further for sweet and savory. Menu items include: Hawaiian chicken combos, Hawaiian grilled chicken on a stick, crab rangoons, egg rolls, and grilled spam musabi.

Hey Brothers Ice Cream   Dixon, IL
This isn't your average ice cream! Hey Brothers offers a wide variety of menu items including: shaved ice, fresh-baked waffle cones, ice cream, fruit smoothies, funnel cake, coffee, french cappuccino, lemon shake ups and cheese curds.

International Cocessions   Knoxville, TN
Craving seafood, with a Greek influence? International has got you covered! Menu items include: seafood sampler, seafood wrap, brochettes, maryland crab cakes, greek salad, chicken divine, charcoaled chicken platter, lemonad and strawberry lemonade.

Jose's Tacos   Des Moines, IA
Squash your hunger with this extensive selection of traditional Latin-American dishes. Menu items include: alambres, steak or chicken tacos, steak philly sandsiches, steak or chicken burritos, fruit cups & mango on a stick.

Kabab House   West Des Moines, IA
Offers a wide variety of traditional Mediterranean dishes, Menu items include: gyro wraps, chicken kababs, tandoori chicken wroaps, falafel wraps, spinakopita, samosa, baklava and chana masala with naan.

Mediterranean Grill   Des Moines, IA
Enjoy your  favorite Mediterranean foods! Menu items include: merinated steak kebabs, marinated chicken shish kebabs, kefta kebab on pitas, chicken, lamb, beef or vegetarian gyros and chocolate covered strawberries.

Mjay's Asian A La Carte   Des Moines, IA
Bangin', kickin' and flamin' Asian foods can be found at Mjay's! Offering your classic favorites with a special twist. Menu items include: ninja roll, kung-fu creme rangoon, bangin' beef jerky, fiery papaya salad, kickin' chicken wing on a stick, glazin' grilled shrimp skewer, samurai skewers, lemongrass beef skewer, flamin' fried meatball skewer, fury fried rice, flippin' fried noodles, strikin' sticky-icky rice, bubble tea drinks, and thai iced coffe & tea.

Otte's Concessions   Sauk Centre, MN
Serving up all the classics! Menu items include: hand dipped corn dogs (6" and footlong), french fries, family fries, funnel cakes, cheese curds, sno cones and lemonade.

Otte's Old Fashion Kettle Korn   Sauk Centre, MN
Get your salty and sweet on with a bag of toasty kettle korn!

Over the Top Ice Cream   Pleasant Hill, IA
All over the top, and all homemade! Menu items include: homemade ice cream (cup or cone) with the option to add chocolate or caramel topping. Flavors include: vanilla, black raspberry, coffee toffee chunk, knee deep in chocolate, mint chocolate chunk & strawberry sorbet (non-dairy)

Pacific Rim Noodle House   Hornick, IA
Like noodles? Like veggies? Come to Pacific Rim! Offering delicious wok stir-fry soba noodles with your favorite vegtables.

Patton's Restaurant & Catering   Des Moines, IA
Offering the best in southern soul food, Patton's is the place to be! Menu items including: Ms. Pam's soul rolls, red beans & rice, southern fried fish po'boy, red velvet waffle & topping, and caribbean jerk chicken sandwich.

Premiere Kettle Corn   Marion, IA
Look no further for your kettle corn fix. We have it on good authority the the large bag is the tastiest!

Sabor Tropical   Ames, IA
Enjoy all the best tropical flavors at Sabor. Menu items include: Watermelon juice, tropical flavor popcicles, and brazilian style hot dogs.

Scimeca's Italian Sausage   Kansas City, MO
Your stop for all things Italian sausage! Menu items include: Italian sausage with peppers and onions, jumbo all beef hot dog, fresh squeezed lemonade, limeade, cherry lemonade and cherry limeade.

Sim Catering   Iowa City, IA
Offering all your favorites on a stick. Menu items include: grilled chicken on a stick, grilled steak on a stick, chocolate coverered strawberries on a stick, twister foot long dogs and twister potatoes.

Streets of Europe   Des Moines, IA
Serving up delicious European dishes. Menu items include: European style hot dog (Eurodog), Merquez sausage sandwich, Italian pritata sandwich, and pomme frites with dipping sauces.

Taco Loco   Des Moines, IA
Enjoy this selection of Latin American dishes. Menu items include: tacos, flour tacos, burritos, Mexican sandwiches, quesadillas, taco salads, quesadilla and soft shell corn taco combos, popsicles and nachos.

Thelmas Treats   Des Moines, IA
"It's okay to smile with your mouth full." Menu items include: chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches, snickerdoodle ice cream sandwiches, spicy ice cream sandwiches, peanut butter banana ice cream sandwiches and peanut butter chocolate ice cream sandwiches.

Yanni's Grill   Ankeny, IA
Enjoy this selection of premier Greek and Italian dishes. Menu items inclued: gyros (lamb, chicken, or steak), homemade tiramisu, homemade cannolis, baklava, and chicken skure.



Questions regarding the program may be directed to James Bruton, Production Manager.



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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