In the middle of September, Western Gateway Park becomes the site of a festival with cuisines from all over the world and music with a universal rhythm.
Western Gateway Park, 1000 Grand Ave., will host the annual World Food & Music Festival from September 16-18.
Central Iowans are given a taste of everything at this yearly festival, which takes place over the course of three days in downtown Des Moines against the beautiful background of the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden.
Amelia Klatt, the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s special events and project manager, said the festival “gives guests a chance to explore diverse cultures via music, food, and activities.”
Greater Des Moines is a global region, and we hope this event will help us further establish that fact and encourage our residents and guests to support businesses that are essential to the framework,” she stated in a press release.
Which Musical Acts Are Performed at World Food & Music Festival?
The Parranderos Latin Combo will be the featured act on the main stage for the musical events on Friday, September 16 at 8 p.m. Over the course of a decade, the Des Moines-based fusion band has been performing unique music that fuses salsa and afrobeat, among other musical genres.
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Southern Avenue, a blues/Americana band hailing from Memphis, will headline the following night. Songs like “Don’t Give Up” and “What Did I Do?” have made Southern Avenue famous. “Be the Love You Want” was released in 2021, two years after “Keep On,” for which the band received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
The band will play the main stage at 8:30 p.m. on September 17 as the festival’s headlining act.
On Sunday, September 18 at 3:00 pm, the main stage will close up with the last performance by The Unfortunate Sons, another band from Des Moines. The five-piece band plays not just the hits, but also “hidden treasures” from the 1970s.
Ukrainian vocalist Vera Babich and Vietnamese vocalist Brenda Tran will perform on Friday; Morningstar Dance Troupe, Gateway Dance Theater, and Soten Taiko will perform on Saturday; and Peruvian pan flute player Cucho Madero and the FOY Irish Dancers will perform on Sunday.
What Kind of Food is Available at The Festival?
Festivalgoers can choose from one of over fifty food exhibitors selling dishes from a total of twenty-seven nationalities.
There are 19 new restaurants this year, and they serve everything from chicharron de Pollo con tostones at Antojos Dominican Cuisine to fried rice at Cambodian Street Foods to pot stickers at Dumpling House to martabak at Indonesian Cuisine to jerk string beans at Lady Jerk Soul Food & Catering to mango lassi at Lyela’s Kitchen to baklava at Macaron Club. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options are available from many of the exhibitors. You can check TheActiveNews.Com for the latest information. You can use the space below if you have any questions.