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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!

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.

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Des Moines
1/31/2015
Extensive bacon sampling, bacon lectures, bacon-inspired dishes, bacon competitions, bacon awards, live entertainment & bacon camaraderie.

Maple Syrup Festival & Pancake Breakfast

Cedar Rapids
3/21/2015 - 3/22/2015
Observe the process of making maple syrup. The whole family will enjoy learning how this sweet concoction gets from tree to table!

Manchester Annual Rhubarb Fest

Manchester
6/6/2015
Enjoy the food, festival, and music. Local artists & craftsmen, rhubarb contests, wine tasting, rhubarb store, & rhubarb themed foods.

Lazy River Beer & Wine Festival

Marquette
6/27/2015
Bring your lawn chair and prepare for a day of relaxation and fun with local Iowa beer and wine, live music and food vendors.

Elkader Sweet Corn Days

Elkader
7/23/2015 - 7/26/2015
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
7/24/2015 - 7/25/2015
Great BBQ, big crowds, live music, cooking demonstrations, grilling and barbecuing tips, samples, really great energy, and fun!
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