What’s Happening: October 9

4th Annual Harvest Party, Drake University, October 13, 4pm-6pm
Following the success of previous years, the Greater Des Moines Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign will host the 4th Annual Harvest Party. (Watch a video from last year’s event and read about it in Jennifer Miller’s latest article from the Des Moines Register.)
This year’s party will feature a seven to ten course meal along with samples of Iowa wines and Zanzibar coffee. Have the chance to meet with farmers and the local businesses that suppoert them. Find out how to eat locally throughout the year. Order or purchase local food and farm products. Enter for the chance to win great raffle prizes from local farms and businesses. There are a limited number of tickets available. Ticket price $20/single or $50/family
Order tickets online or call (515)271-4956


Meet Me At The Bridge (Covered Bridges Winery) October 13, 6pm-10pm
Saturday evening event for everyone. 6 – 10pm. Free admission for music. Bring your lawn chairs. Music by Exit 113, Dinner and Commemorative Wine Glass – $15.00.. Lasagna dinner by Smokehaus Stockade, Wine samples by Covered Bridges Winery, and you can purchase by the bottle. Live and Silent Auction throughout the evening. Auction services provided by Garrisons. Save the Date and Meet us at the BRIDGE!!


Rocktoberfest, (Gramercy Tap) October 18, 8pm


Ryne Doughty @ Peacetree, October 19, 8pm-10pm
Peace Tree Brewing Co. is pleased to present an evening of live music with Ryne Doughty and special guest, Darren Matthews.Peace Tree requests a $5 cover on live music nights to help support our talented musicians. Tree House Club members pay no cover – ask how to join the club!


Octoberfest Sample Sunday (Picket Fence Creamery), October 20, 12pm-5pm
Rain or shine  –  FREE admission!
*Super Deals throughout the store filled with foods from over 100 Iowa families!


Wine & Canvas, October 20, 2-5pm
Sign up for the next Wine & Canvas event at Jasper Winery!


Trick-or-Treat at Jasper, October 26, 10am-6pm
For all you candy lovers out there, we’ve created perfect pairings for all your favorite Halloween candies. Visit the tasting room on Saturday, October 26 and purchase a flight of four wines and treats for $15. This is the perfect way to get ready for your costume parties that evening! Advance reservations are not required for the Hallowine flights.


Geisler Farms Fall Events – Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze 
Flashlight Friday Nights at Geisler Farms Through October – Begin your corn maze adventure between 5 and 8 p.m. to explore four miles of trails. Remember to bring a flashlight to read your maze map
October 19-20 Maze for Marfan Fall Fest – Join us for prime pumpkin picking during Maze for Marfan Fall Fest. Select from tons of pumpkins plus farm grown squash and watermelon. Explore the 10-acre corn maze. Geisler Farms will donate $1 for each paid corn maze admission to the Heart of Iowa Marfan Chapter. Kids can enjoy a dozen activities. Refreshments, gifts and restrooms are inside the Red Shed. Read more about hours and prices on their website.


Homemade Happy Hour Summer Cooking Demonstration Series, Every Other Monday 3pm – 5pm
These demonstrations will happen bi-weekly starting June 24th on Monday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the kitchen of Kitchen Collage. The event is free and there are many samples to be had! (Dates: October 14 & 28)


Food for Thought Dinners, Thursdays 5:30pm – 8pm  
The Wallace House invites you to a new program, “Food for Thought,” 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. Entrees range from $15-$20, appetizers $6-$8, and desserts $5. Bring your own wine. Reservations are encouraged, as seating is limited. Call 515-243-7063 or email carlahicklin@wa​llace.org.
October 10: Bison and Elk
October 17: Organic Food
October 24: Iowa Wines
October 31: Grains