Take an adventure around the world in one weekend

See the world Friday through Sunday at Western Gateway Park. Photo: Greater Des Moines Partnership

Summer is quickly winding down, but there’s still time to squeeze in a low-stress trip around the world without leaving Des Moines.

The 2023 World Food & Music Festival returns to Western Gateway Park Friday through Sunday with 50 food and drink vendors representing 26 countries, from Bosnia to Laos and the Netherlands to Morocco. After making the rounds, take home recipes from the Culinary Discovery Pavilion, which highlights the diversity in Greater Des Moines’ food offerings.

For live music, head to the main stage. See performances from all kinds of cultures, including a Latin-Grammy nominated, all-women mariachi group called Flor de Toloache.

Oh — and don’t forget your passport! Find festival passports at the information booth and collect stamps for trying new foods, dancing to mariachi music, or watching a cooking demonstration. Completed passports can be entered into a drawing for a prize. View the full program schedule and list of vendors on the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s website.

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