Top Ten Foods to Try at the World Food & Music Festival


The World Food and Music Festival will be held September 20-22nd this year. The following are the best foods to try during your visit.

  1. French– French Toast Crepe at the Crepe De Luxe Café- a freshly made crepe filled with butter, cinnamon, walnuts, almonds and maple syrup. This Iowa City based restaurant also serves monkey treat crepes and citrus burst crepes at the festival.

  2. Italian-Stuffed Risotto Balls at the Formaro’s Stuffed- these stuffed risotto balls are a fun take on risotto by deep frying it in thick layer of batter. Their stuffed sandwiches especially the stuffed lasagna sandwich are incredibly filling and well worth the price.

  3. Latin American– Sanocho Equatoriano at Bosco’s- This is a Ecuadorian beef soup made with fresh ingredients like yucca root, corn, chunks of beef. This is a filling soup and though soup isn’t usually something to be eaten in the usual September heat of Iowa, this won’t leave you overheated.

  4. Mexican-Cochinita Pibil taco at  Taqueria Villa- Cochinita pibil is traditional Mexican slow roasted pork that involves marinating the meat in strongly acidic citrus juice. seasoning it with annatto seed which gives it a distinct orange color and is then roasted in a banana leaf.

  5. Cambodian-Fried Curry Balls at Mjay’s . The fried curry balls are made from a curry paste and usually ground chicken that are rolled and fried to perfection. The lemongrass beef skewer is also an excellent choice. Grab an iced Thai tea to go with either of these choices.

  6. El Salvador– Arroz Con Leche at Pupusas- This is rice pudding that is made with rice mixed in milk or water and can have different variants to be both savory and sweet. This is an El Salvadorian comfort food and is also found in Cuba and Mexico.

  7. Moroccan- Moroccan- Style Kefta Pocket at Karem’s Grill- A kefta pocket is a pita pocket and the Moroccan style usually means it’s stuffed with ground/grilled beef and onions.  This is like the Moroccan version of the American hamburger only lighter and a lot less fattening.

  8. Arabic/Spanish- Kushari at Andalusia- Kushari is an Egyptian dish originally made in the 19th century made of rice, macaroni, and lentils that are mixed together and topped with a tomato-vinegar sauce and fried onions. It’s a popular dish in India for laborers and families seeking to use up leftovers.  This is a vegan dish for those seeking that option.

  9. British/Irish- Scotch Egg at Mucky Duck Pub- A Scotch Egg is a hardboiled egg wrapped in sausage meat that is coated in bread crumbs and either fried or baked.  This was invented in 1738 in a London department store and are a common picnic food in the United Kingdom.

  10. Bosnian- Cepavi at Papillion Bosnian Food- Cepavi is a grilled dish of minced meat (a type of skinless sausage) that are usually served 5-10 pieces on a plate or in a flatbread often with chopped onions, sour cream and feta cheese.


For more information about the World Food and Music Festival, click here. For more festivals to visit in Des Moines, click here.

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