Monthly Archives: August 2014

What’s Happening: August/September

What’s Happening

Des Moines Restaurant Week, August 15 – 24 Dine at 31 of the city’s top restaurants for only $25 for two lunches or one three-course dinner. That gives you the perfect opportunity not only to go to your favorite eatery but also to check out a restaurant you’ve been thinking of trying—but haven’t yet. There are so many BFBL members involved we can’t possibly list them, though you can find a list of restaurants here!


Wheatsfield Co-op’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, August 23, 2:00 – 6:00pm Come down to the east parking lot of the Wheatsfield Co-op on August 23rd to celebrate their 40th anniversary! There will be live music, lawn games, and TONS of free samples! More info here.


Iowa Food Cooperative Open House, August 24, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Spend a few hours sampling local Iowa food at the Iowa Food Cooperative Open House and grab some free sweet corn as well!  Read more about the ethnic food samples that will be cooked by the LSI Global Greens’ farmers at the Open House here.


Slow Food Harvest Potluck, September 7, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 7th is the Slow Food Harvest Potluck from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the South picnic shelter at Des Moines’ Water Works Park. You can bring any kind of dish you like, but if it happens to be a pie or a locally-sourced vegetable dish, you can enter it in the pie (or vegetable) contest, so grab some vegetables from one of our many BFBL member gardens or farms and create a great local dish to share!


Des Moines Culture Crawl, September 11, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This year the “Garden Party” theme features 3 fascinating stops at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, the World Food Prize garden, and Jasper Winery’s vineyards! All three stops will be filled with culture as well as food and drink! For tickets or more information click here.


6th Annual “Line in the Soil” Farm Celebration, September 13, 5:00 p.m.

The Cory Family Farm’s “Line in the Soil” Farm Celebration will include an organized potluck and barn dance for all ages! For more information click here.


Brews & Muse 2014, Saturday, September 20, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Come out to Knoxville, Iowa and enjoy the blockparty hosted by Peach Tree Brewing Company with limited-release beers, including small batches, barrel-aged brews, and seasonal brew you won’t find anywhere else!


Campbell’s Nutrition’s 77th Anniversary, Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20

Friday, September 19th and Saturday, September 20th come celebrate Campbell’s Nutrition’s 77th year! That’s 77 years of being locally owned and committed to educating our community about healthy living through the best in organic foods and nutritional support.


World Food and Music Festival, Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21

Friday Sept. 19-Sunday Sept. 21, 2014 is the World Food and Music Festival in Downtown Des Moines on the Walnut Street Bridge. Enjoy great food, music, and entertainment and make sure to stop buy our BFBL members’ booths, the Kabab House and Local Yocals!


Grinnell Heritage Farm 6th Annual Heirloom Tomato Tasting, Sunday, September 21

Sunday, September 21, 2014 join Grinnell Heritage Farm for their 6th Annual Heirloom Tomato Tasting! In addition to the heirloom tomatoes there will be a special guest speaker, kids’ activities, music, and miniature horses!


Grape Escape Winery Social Sundays, 2:00 – 5:00pm Wine Education Segments and Bags Tourney with winners each week and season championship. Great Wines and good times with friends, new and old. More info here.


Food for Thought Dinners, Thursdays 5:30pm – 8pm The Wallace House invites you to “Food for Thought,” a program that combines locally-sourced dining with conversation about food. Diners will order from a changing menu of appetizers, entrees, and desserts created from local ingredients, including fruits and vegetables grown at the Country Life Center. Bring your own wine. Reservations are encouraged, as seating is limited. Call 515-243-7063 or email Themes by week: August 7: Bacon August 14: State Fair Delight August 21: Canning-The New Phenomena August 28: The Kids’ Palate


2014 unWINEd Concert, Fridays, 5:30 – 8:30pm Jasper Winery and the City of Des Moines have partnered for this after work event that will take place every Friday evening alternating between Gray’s Lake and The Hub. More information here. Aug. 1- Retro Rockets feat. Tony Valdez (Gray’s Lake) Aug. 8- Planetpassengers (The Hub) Aug. 15- Crooked Mile (Grays Lake) Aug. 22- Soul Searchers (The Hub)


The Cheese Shop Fondue Night, Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 7:00pm