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IowaCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

Iowans consider their state the "breadbasket of the world," and the cuisine reflects this. Get ready for pork chops and pork BBQ, corn-on-the-cob, casseroles, and more just-plain-good Midwestern cooking than you can possibly eat in a lifetime. Most rural towns have a fast-food restaurant or two if you're in a hurry, but the best places are the ones which take a little more time, possibly giving you a chance to chat with friendly locals over a pie or coffee. Early morning in a rural diner might find you in the company of a bunch of farmers! Towns with strong ethnic identities often have restaurants devoted to a particular country's cuisine. There are vineyards scattered throughout the state, each producing their own wines, and the products of local craft breweries can be found throughout the state.

— Iowa Cooking Schools —

Ador Kitchens & Baths
Urbandale 515-331-3377
Ador offers monthly Culinary Arts Classes in their state-of-the art Culinary Center.  Each class features a unique theme along with useful culinary tips and techniques.  Cost of the class is $55 per person and includes appetizers, three entrees, beverage (including wine and beer), and take-home recipe booklet.  Call today for more information.
Country Club Market
Clive 515-987-5957
Country Club Market offers both demonstration and hands-on classes designed to enhance your culinary skills by providing you with new techniques, as well as innovative recipes. All classes start promptly at 6 p.m. and cost $35, unless otherwise noted.
Gateway Market
Des Moines 515-243-1754
Gateway Market is a gathering place for the community. Our cooking classes, tastings, book signings and other events are part of the Gateway Market experience. Chatting with famous cookbook authors can make for a great memory and learning new cooking techniques is a fun family or friend activity.
The Cottage Bakery & Café
Iowa City 319-358-5533
We made it through a year of being displaced and cramped, and now we're in a big, beautiful new space. Be sure to stay tuned because our new location will mean many new things, including a variety of cooking classes offered by one of the Cottage’s fine chefs.

Taste What's Happening!

Elkader Sweet Corn Days

Elkader
7/24/2014 - 7/27/2014
Ice Cream Social, Golf & Softball Tournaments, Donut Hole Eating Contest, Parade, Car Cruise, Live Music, and Free Sweet Corn!

Up In Smoke BBQ Bash

Mason City
7/25/2014 - 7/26/2014
Great BBQ, big crowds, live music, cooking demonstrations, grilling and barbecuing tips, samples, really great energy, and fun!

Sweet Corn Serenade

Oskaloosa
7/31/2014
Fresh cooked sweet corn meal, pie and ice cream, food vendors, crafters and live music.

Estherville Sweet Corn Days

Estherville
7/31/2014 - 8/3/2014
Free sweet corn, Run for the Cob, car show, parade, inflatables, duck derby on the Des Moines River, fireworks, street dances and much more.

Iowa Irish Fest

Waterloo
8/1/2014 - 8/3/2014
Iowa's only large-scale Celtic festival with three stages of music and entertainment. Celtic gifts, food and highland games.

Annual Lisbon Sauerkraut Days

Lisbon
8/7/2014 - 8/9/2014
Sauerkraut King and Queen, parade, street dances, golf and softball tournaments, cabbage weigh-off and more!

Iowa State Fair

Des Moines
8/7/2014 - 8/17/2014
One of the oldest agricultural & industrial expositions in the US - inspiration for the novel “State Fair”, 3 motion pictures, & Broadway musical.

West Point Sweet Corn Festival

West Point
8/14/2014 - 8/17/2014
Iowa's largest Sweet Corn Festival. All you can eat sweet corn, free entertainment, midway and more.

Festival of Iowa Beers

Amana
8/31/2014
Sample some of Iowa's best brews at Millstream Brewing. Craft breweries and Iowa home brew clubs assemble for this unique tasting event.

Applefest

Urbandale
9/13/2014
Try your hand at stirring the copper kettle of apple butter and take your turn cranking the cider press

World Food & Music Festival

Des Moines
9/19/2014 - 9/21/2014
More than 40 Cultural Cafes Featuring.  Cuisine from Around the World. Live Entertainment  –  Cooking Demonstrations.

Northside Oktoberfest and Brew Fest

Iowa City
9/27/2014
Located in Iowa City's historic Northside, celebrate old-world style with music, activities, and the famous Iowa City Brew Fest.

World Series of Barbecue

Shenandoah
10/2/2014 - 10/5/2014
Enjoy the best-of-the-best BBQ and support The American Royal Association’s tradition and dedication to supporting youth and education.

Iowa’s Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo

Des Moines
11/7/2014 - 11/8/2014
One of the most anticipated events in Des Moines--a dream world of food, wine, beer and spirits for all connoisseurs with more than 100 exhibitors.
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