DES MOINES, Iowa -- Foodies will flock to downtown Des Moines Friday and Saturday to take part in the Beer, Wine and Food Expo at Hy-Vee Hall.
“We want them to walk away with a better appreciation for beer and wine. Getting to chat with experts will really help with that,” said Meghan Calvanga, with the Iowa Events Center.
Iowa’s Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo, presented by Hy-Vee, will be a melting pot for culinary enthusiasts throughout the Midwest, offering the opportunity to discover the latest cooking techniques from local and regional culinary experts.
“We offer a broader range of vendors than most,” said Calvanga. “We want them to interact with as many of them as possible.”
There will be over 120 vendors at this year’s event.
Admission is $30 per-day and it gives you access to the show floor, samples from vendors and restaurants, and access to all three stages for demos.
The event also offers a one-of-kind private dining experience with a local chef. This unique, exclusive dining experience pairs a tapas-style multi-course meal with select wine or beer presented, paired, and served by one of Des Moines’ top chefs. The cost for this is $50 and it does not include admission.
A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to Variety, The Children’s Charity.
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“We want to make sure people get home,” said Calvanga. “We want people to enjoy the expo and be able to get home safe.”
Where: Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
When: Friday: 4pm – 10pm & Saturday: 1pm – 8pm
Cost: 1-day Pass (including alcohol): $30