Winefest is the way Iowa celebrates its love of summer, food and, of course, wine.

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Winefest isn’t just about wine, it’s about supporting the cultural institutions that make Iowa great. If that sounds like your thing, then you might be the perfect patron.

Winefest Preseason Events

Winefest Week Events

Educational Workshop

Meredith Saturday Sessions

June 4, 2016

Educational food and wine workshops hosted by Meredith Corporation’s acclaimed food professionals, plus some celebs!

Educational Workshop

Barilla Interactive Dinner

June 4, 2016

The 2016 Meredith Saturday Sessions culminate with a special experience from Barilla America as guests are led through a hands-on cooking class.


Iowa Pork Producers Lawn Party

June 5, 2016

Celebrate all things Iowa with local wine, beer and cuisine.

Tasting Event

Gateway Community Tasting

June 6, 2016

Visit Gateway Market for free wine & food tastings featuring Winefest wines.

Tasting Event

LS2group Toasting Tuesday

June 7, 2016

Sample bubbles and enjoy accompanied hors d’oeuvres from around the world.

Evening Soiree

Bubba’s Dixie Dinner presented by Foster Group

June 8, 2016

Put on your bowties and baubles and join us for an evening of  southern charm at Bubba’s Dixie Dinner.

Prima Dinner

Prima Dinners

June 9, 2016

The night features six different options highlighting top chefs in the metro area. Each chef is partnered with a winery, creating inventive and palate-pleasing pairings.

Tasting Event

DuPont Pioneer Sips and the City

June 10, 2016

Jump start the weekend with this energetic event with a wide variety of wines and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants.

Tasting Event

Willis Grand Tasting

June 11, 2016

This intimate evening showcases the best food and wine available in Central Iowa. Des Moines’ finest restaurants and caterers will prepare hearty hors d’oeuvres to be paired with high-end wines.

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