Upcoming: Tacos, Drinks, Vegan Fest

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Above: Who wouldn’t want to take a Taco Tour of Greater Des Moines? You can, May 5 – Cinco de Mayo – or June 29. 

By Wini Moranville

Here’s a roundup of some consumable fun in the weeks ahead:

April 11: Pints for Parkinson’s Kick-Off Party
This Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., Iowa Tap Room will host the second annual Pints for Parkinson’s Kick-Off Party in its Marquette Room. Free appetizers and beer will be offered, along with the chance to purchase a Pints for Parkinson’s Passport. Valid through Aug. 31, the passport offers buy-one/get-one-free deals on pints of beer at 28 local bar/restaurants and three breweries, including Centro, Django, Splash, all Jethro’s locations, and the beer-centric Full Court Press restaurants. All net proceeds from the passports go to the Iowa Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. Can’t make it to the kickoff? You can purchase a pass at the ADPA Iowa website

April 18: Music to My … Glass?
Anyone who has ever fallen in love with a cheap Chianti in Tuscany might eventually come to understand —once home — that context was everything: the food, the table companions, the surroundings, and even a certain slant of light may all have played Cupid to help you fall in love with what may have actually been plonk.

Add music to the list of the non-wine things that can affect our perception of how wine tastes. On Thursday evening, April 18, you can join winemaker Clark Smith at Park Street Kitchen to learn how to make the most out of every bottle by surrounding yourself with the right music. Held in conjunction with Winefest Des Moines,the event includes heavy appetizers and wine before the event, and dessert afterward. Tickets and more information are available via Tikly.

April 27: Des Moines VeganFest
The Economist predicts that “2019 will be the year veganism goes mainstream.” One way to find out if the lifestyle is for you is to attend Des Moines VeganFest 2019, hosted by VegLife Des Moines. Held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the atrium at Capital Square and at Cowles Common (400 Locust St.), the event will include speakers, workshops, cooking demos, yoga and face-painting, as well as 15-plus vegan food vendors and more than 35 non-food vendors selling gifts, books and services. Find more information at VegLife Des Moines.

May 5 and June 29: Explore Des Moines Taco Culture
Wow! Des Moines Tours is hosting a taco tour on May 5 (which, not coincidentally, happens to be Cinco de Mayo). Taco tourists will travel by a private executive van to four destinations, tasting regional variations of tacos along the way. The tour starts and finishes in Valley Junction, site of a Cinco de Mayo festival. Tickets and more information can be found here. Note that as of this morning, only a handful of tickets to the May 5 event were still available. A second Taco Tour, on June 29, has been added.

Wini Moranville writes about food, wine and dining for dsm magazine and dsmWeekly. Follow her on Facebook at All Things Food–DSM.
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