My 2-year-old Julian loved the Russian food, Perogies and Blintzes! Here he is enjoying the World Food Festival with his daddy. A frugal foodie’s delight—vendors offer $1 tastes or full plates for $5 or less. The cooks hail from Brazil, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Ecuador, Russia, Turkey, and other distant lands. You’ll have three days to eat your way around this world, so pace yourself.


The U.S. Cellular® World Food Festival is Des Moines’ premiere taste and entertainment event featuring international cuisine, live music and performing arts, cooking demonstrations, wine and craft beers, and a world marketplace.

Entering its seventh year in 2011, the U.S. Cellular® World Food Festival reigns as Des Moines’ premiere taste event. Unique to this taste event is its flavors. Restaurants and food vendors who specialize in small operations are the highlight of this great event – mom & pop kitchens churning out their family recipes.