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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.
Ador Kitchens & Baths
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
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.
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.
Farmington Strawberry Festival
6/6/2014 - 6/8/2014
The festival offers free strawberries and ice cream, a car show, strawberry cooking contest, talent show and more!
Annual SWINE Festival
Chefs will prepare samples of gourmet pork offerings while wineries will pour samples and offer wine for sale.
Lazy River Beer & Wine Festival
Bring your lawn chair and prepare for a day of relaxation and fun with local Iowa beer and wine, live music and food vendors.
Since 1958, parade, carnival rides and games, ball games, free entertainment, and all the free watermelon you can eat!
Up In Smoke BBQ Bash
7/25/2014 - 7/26/2014
Great BBQ, big crowds, live music, cooking demonstrations, grilling and barbecuing tips, samples, really great energy, and fun!
Iowa State Fair
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
8/14/2014 - 8/17/2014
Iowa's largest Sweet Corn Festival. All you can eat sweet corn, free entertainment, midway and more.
Try your hand at stirring the copper kettle of apple butter and take your turn cranking the cider press
World Series of Barbecue
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
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.