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.

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Winefest Preseason Events

Winefest Week Events

Educational Workshop

Meredith Saturday Sessions

May 30, 2015

Educational food and wine workshops hosted by Meredith Corporation’s own acclaimed food professionals, plus some celebs, inside their test kitchen and at select locations around Des Moines.


RJ Lawn & Landscape Iowa Lawn Party

May 31, 2015

Come join us for a relaxing lawn party and celebrate all things Iowan.Enjoy samples from local wineries and microbreweries.

Tasting Event

Gateway Community Tasting

June 1, 2015

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

Tasting Event

LS2group Toasting Tuesday

June 2, 2015

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

Evening Soiree

Foster Group Jet-Setter Pairing Dinner

June 3, 2015

Take flight with us. Sip, taste and explore your way through different flight patterns.

Prima Dinner

Prima Dinners

June 4, 2015

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 5, 2015

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 6, 2015

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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