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Culinary Arts

The Des Moines Arts Festival prides our culinary operations on aesthetic appeal and menu selection across the site, including two food courts and a handful of stand-alone booths. We offer our guests an eclectic variety of food to hit every taste bud. Our Food Vendors are also leading the charge in sustainability efforts by using all compostable serving materials for the over 200,000 guests who visit the DMAF each year.

Interested in being a vendor next year?

Complete the inquiry form below and we'll send you a reminder email when applications on January 3, 2024.

2024 festival dates are June 28-30.

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2023 Culinary Arts

East Food Court, located on Locust, between 12th & 10th Streets

Es Tas Bar and Grill
Experience an explosion of flavor at Es Tas Bar and Grill.  Their Mexican flavor palette includes tacos, nachos, quesadillas, and more! 


Get Loaded

Get Loaded serves amazing, loaded Angus burgers and fries topped with indulgent combinations that you will tell strangers to go try!

International Foods
Let your taste buds travel around the world at International Foods. Menu items include: Maryland crabcakes, loaded mac n’ cheese, gyros, chicken on a stick, and Greek salad.

Jambo African Cuisine

Specializing in East African cuisines, Jambo African Cuisine offers shrimp, grilled chicken or steak kababs, along with a vegetarian option. 

Bosco’s Fusion
A fusion of Ecuadorian and American flavors makes Bosco’s the perfect spot for mouthwatering cuisine.  They put Ecuadorian twists on American classics, such as Philly cheese steaks and pulled pork sandwiches.

Puerco Loco

Come to Puerco Loco for a combination of typical Puerto Rican street food and fruit juices.  Flavors include passion fruit, tamarind, lemon with cucumber and chia seeds, horchata, guava, and watermelon.

G.G’s Chicken & Waffles

Come and satisfy your soul with homemade Southern comfort foods.  Try savory chicken and waffles or honey butter cornbread; but remember to save room for their peach cobbler dessert!


Yanni’s Grill
Delicious Mediterranean gyros! Menu items include: lamb, steak, chicken, or veggie gyros; baklava; and homemade lemon cake.

Pho Wheels and Sushi

Tasty Asian cuisine that features items such as: firecracker shrimp/crab, tune poke, and sushi rolls.  This vendor offers a variety of sushi options to satisfy every flavor palette!

Culinary Arts

West Food Court, located on 15th Street, between Locust Street & Grand Avenue

Nina’s Tacos
Delight in delicious Mexican food!  Quesa tacos, nachos birria, and birria fries are just a few of the options Nina’s Tacos has to offer.

Greek Flame Foods
Mediterranean food lovers, this is the place for you! Menu items include: lamb or chicken gyros, Grecian sampler platter, Greek salad, and gyro fries.

Hotsy Totsy
Hot, mouthwatering tots with fun flavor combinations can be found here! Come try their BBQ pork tots, smoked brisket tots, parmesan truffle tots, and loaded baked potato tots.

Karam’s Grill

Karam’s Grill presents a combination of Moroccan and Mediterranean flavors.  Their menu contains a mix of Gyros, Shawarma, Falafel wraps, and platters.

Mai's Noodle Express
Teriyaki Chicken, Yakisoba noodles, fried rice, egg rolls and crab rangoons!  Their truck boasts rich Teriyaki flavors that will satisfy any lover of Asian cuisine.

Otte’s Concessions
Otte’s Concessions offers you everyone’s guilty pleasure, classic American Festival treats. Menu items include: hand dipped corn dogs, funnel cakes, fresh cut fries, cheese curds, and lemonade.

Main Street Café and Bakery

Enjoy fresh wraps, sandwiches, and salads.  Their bakery section includes decadent homemade cookies and bars.

Scimeca’s Italian Sausage & Sugar Daddy’s Lemonade
Your stop for all things Italian sausage! Menu items include: ½ lb. Italian sausage sandwich with peppers and onions, and jumbo beef hot dogs. Don't forget a freshly squeezed lemonade, limeade, cherry lemonade, and cherry limeade.

The Big Red Food Truck
Do you like seafood and tacos? This is the perfect stop for you! Menu items include: Shon's famous fried taco, jumbo walking taco boat, and the fabulous fish taco.

Around the Festival....

Baja Smoothies
With the stand overflowing with fresh produce, this is the place to go for a fresh smoothie made right in front of you!

Triple B’s Tenderloins

Stop in to enjoy a freshly hand breaded tenderloin, or try their delicious corn nuggets, onion rings, or chicken strips.

Street Sweets
If you want a variety of decadent dessert options, stop at Street Sweets.  Their indulgent selection of cheesecakes, brownies, cookies, crème brulee, and hand-packed ice cream is the perfect addition to any day.

Travelin’ Tom’s Coffee of Ankeny
Fulfill all your coffee needs without leaving the Festival.  Travelin’ Tom’s offers a wide selection of frappes or lattes, and even has nitrogen infused drinks.

Kona Ice of Central Iowa
They describe themselves as a tropical escape in the form of a food truck! With endless flavor possibilities, Kona Ice is the place to go to get one-of-a-kind shaved ice.

Otte’s Kettle Korn
A fan favorite! Menu items include: kettle korn and sweet, refreshing lemonade.


Climbing Kites

From the people behind Lua Brewing, Climbing Kites is an all-natural, alcohol free social beverage featuring full spectrum CBD and THC.

Over the Top Ice Cream

Over the Top is a must try.  They offer a variety of homemade flavors from this family owned and operated ice cream stand.  Ice cream flavors include: Vanilla, Knee Deep in Chocolate, Black Raspberry, Cookies ‘n Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, Southern Bourbon Praline Pecan, Apple Cobbler ala Mode, Dairy Free Watermelon Sorbet

DonutNV Central Iowa
Delicious mini donuts that are freshly made.  Get a small or large bag or purchase their Bucket of Donuts to share!

Delicious homemade cookies with ice cream smashed in the middle, what could be better? Make sure to try the snicker doodle ice cream sandwich, it's Great-Grandma Thelma's original recipe!



Dasani Water


Diet Coke




Exile Ruthie NA*

Canned Options

Bud Light

Busch Light

Exile Citra Sky

Exile Ruthie NA*

Michelob Ultra


Truly Wild Berry

Twisted Tea Lemonade

Woodchuck Mimosa


White Wine



Vodka Lemonade


Beer on tap - all beverage tents

Exile Ruthie

Court Avenue Grapefruit Rattler

Curated Crafts

Exile Ruthie

CabCo Rattler

Single Speed Gable

Kinship Summer Lager

Big Grove Easy Eddy

Confluence Des Moines IPA

Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue

Backpocket Bubba IPA

Single Speed Tip the Cow

Lua Brewing - Pushpop: DMAF

Single Speed Gose

Big Grove Royal Easy Eddy

Backpocket Lemon "Made" Shady

Fishback and Stephenson Cherry Poppins Cider

West Beverage Tent

Backpocket Slingshot

Big Grove Summer Jam

Big Grove West Eddy

CabCo Grapefruit Rattler

CabCo Zimmerman's Root Beer

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA

Exile Ruthie

Odell Sippin Pretty

Peace Tree 99 Pils

Wilson's Blueberry Cider

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