Thousands of people turned out to sample some international food at a previous World Food Festival in the East Village. Juice file photo.
Five foods to try at the World Food and Music Festival
Published on September 16th, 2013 | by Laura Billingsley
The culinarily curious can eat their way through more than 40 “cultural cafes” during the ninth annual World Food and Music Festival, Friday through Sunday in the East Village. Vendors offer foods from around the world, and this year festival organizers made it a goal to add even more cuisines to the offering. The festival “shows how much diversity there is in Des Moines,” said event director Beth Johnson. For 2013, the event has been expanded to feature more music and entertainment from diverse cultures.
At the cultural cafes, all entrees must be priced at $5 or less, and each vendor must also offer a “Taste” portion for $1. Here are five new and interesting options to check out.
1. Ground beef bocadillo ($5): Try Arabic and Spanish cuisine from new vendor Andulusia. Chef Saro Al Qaisi’s creations include freshly made bread called khobez and meat marinated with lime vinegar, spices and garlic. The food is served with fresh vegetables and special sauces.
2. Twister foot-long on a stick ($5): Feed a hearty appetite with a foot-long hot dog wrapped in fried twister potatoes from new vendor Sim Catering.
3. Beef or chicken goulash with dumplings ($5): The traditional Czech dishes at Czech Up Time, another new vendor, include spices brought back from the Czech Republic, said Dasha Negley, who runs the booth. She tweaked the goulash recipe to feature potato dumplings instead of the usual flour.
4. Larp ($5): This traditional Thai dish from Blu (formerly Taste of Thai) features ground beef or chicken cooked with onion, cilantro and mint.
5. Chocolate caramel sea salt tart and other pastries ($3-$5): Festival-goers with a sweet tooth may want to seek out this decadent chocolate tart. Vendor Tami’s Tarts is a frequent presence at the Downtown Farmers Market.
Cheap Tastes to try, all $1
- Alligator bites from Fat Tuesday: small portion of alligator tail meat
- Arroz con pollo from Mi Patria: Ecuadorian dish of rice mixed with pulled chicken and vegetables
- Beef corn shell taco from Tacos Loco: the taco vendor was the 2012 People’s Choice Award Winner
- Borscht from L & L European Delight: traditional beet soup
- Jammin Crepe from Crepes de Luxe Cafe: Crepe with jam
- Gelato from Chocolaterie Stam: dense and creamy frozen Italian treat
World Food and Music Festival
Location: East Village
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Performers: Chad Elliott, David Zollo, Making Movies, Grand Marquis, Bella Soul and more
Types of dishes: French, Laotian, Czechoslovakian, Ethiopian, Salvadoran and other dishes will be represented, with samples available for a dollar and nothing over $5.