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

Live Competition

Thrivent Financial Iron Somm

February 27, 2016

Help crown Des Moines’ Iron Somm in a five course culinary clash. Only your palate can help decide whose pairing is paramount.

Heartland Millwrights Wine Flight: Down Under

March 10, 2016

Enjoy fabulous food and wine pairings down under as you immerse yourself in the Australian wine culture.

Wine Flight

Heartland Millwrights Wine Flight: Tuscan Classics

April 14, 2016

Transport yourself to the Mediterranean coast for this engaging wine experience.

Heartland Millwrights Wine Flight: Wine Tasting 101

May 12, 2016

Make a splash into summer with a wine tasting 101 at Splash Seafood Bar and Grill with Executive Chef Dominic Iannarelli and Sommelier Ben Nelsen.

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! Stay tuned for a fabulous 2016 lineup.


Iowa Pork Producers Lawn Party

June 5, 2016

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

Tasting Event

Toasting Tuesday

June 7, 2016

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

Evening Soiree

Foster Group Wednesday Night Pairing Dinner

June 8, 2016

Fabulous themed pairing dinner to be hosted at the new southern restaurant, Bubba.

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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