Curbin’ Cuisine | #CDM2019 Vendor

BySuzanne Hull

Curbin’ Cuisine | #CDM2019 Vendor

Tell us about your business

Jarrod and Misty reside just outside of Polk City, Iowa, right off Saylorville Lake. They started Curbin’ Cuisine in May 2013 with just a food cart & a huge dream. Over the next five years, Curbin’ Cuisine grew more popular and has been requested by numerous businesses & event coordinators in Des Moines and in surrounding towns. Curbin’ Cuisine is a featured food vendor at several Des Moines and surrounding area events, breweries & festivals. Check out the “Where is Curbin’ Cuisine” section for full details on dates, times & locations. Curbin’ Cuisine has been voted Best of the Best Top Three Food Trucks by City View Magazine two years in a row.

What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019?

Misty loves Christmas anything. We visited this market a few years back and knew we wanted to be apart of it with our food truck. We serve Globally Inspired Foods and this market brings European/German heritage right here to Des Moines, that we knew we could serve delicious eats to customers. This market made our “Hogfather” very popular.

What products will you be selling at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 and why did you choose them?

The Hogfather Sausage Sandwich w/ BBQ Bacon Kraut; Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich or The Rachael w/ Turkey; German Style Mac N Cheese “Spatzle”; German Skillet Bowl; Garlic Parm Pretzel Bombs W/ Cheese Sauce; CinnaBomb Pretzel Bombs w/ Frosting Dip; Coffee & Water.

BySuzanne Hull

Danish Windmill | Platinum Sponsor

The Danish Windmill is a proud sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 representing the Danish of Iowa and will make a guest appearance at the mug unveiling on May 21st.

The 1848 Danish Windmill was brought piece by piece from Denmark in 1975 and rebuilt by community volunteers as a memorial to their strong Danish Heritage. The historic 60 foot tall windmill just completed a 2-year major restoration project and now is in working condition and turns by the wind as it once did over 170 years ago in Denmark.

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket DSM Mug Unveiling and Open House

Be one of the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2019 Glühwein mug design at Jasper Winery on Tuesday, May 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Sip the signature drink (warm mulled wine) while shopping a mini market featuring foods and handcrafted items from Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 vendors. Other Jasper wines and Madhouse beer will also be available for purchase.

The first 25 attendees to donate $25 (or more) to guarantee their 2019 mug will receive a goody bag. A limited quantity of commemorative mugs are ordered each year. The mug design will be revealed at 6:30 p.m.

Learn more about Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA), the non-profit that produced Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Sign up to become a Silver or Gold member and show your support for an association whose mission is to connect Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences.

Feeling festive? Bring your own Glühwein mug (0.2 liters) from a past Christmas market.

Admission is free; donations accepted.

BySuzanne Hull

#CDM2019 Vendor Announcement


Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 Gift and Specialty Item Vendors







An der Weihnachtsecke (At the Christmas Corner), Imported from Germany

Offering: advent calendars, imported chocolate, baumkuchen, Mozart kugeln, Asbach filled chocolates, assorted marzipan, Haribo, Pandoro, Pannetone, butter cookies, stollen, beer steins, beer mugs, beer glassware, shot glasses and Christkindlmarket Des Moines merchandise. Price Range: $1 – $200




German Imports, Germany

Offering: Steinbach nutcrackers and smokers; INGE glass ornaments.

Price Range: $5 – $400



DamonLayne Woodworking, Earlham, IA

Damon will be selling unique, hand-made cutting boards, cookie molds, and cheese slicers.

Offering: Woodworking: cookie molds, cutting boards, cheese slicers

Price Range: $20 – $200





DSM Foundry, Des Moines, IA

Ornaments, lanterns, signs, maps, and any other decorations we can cobbler together. Hand made in Des Moines with a laser cutter, woodworking, and a host of other mediums.

Offering: Lanterns, ornaments, decorative signs and maps, laser cut artwork

Price Range: $1 – $100




Pickle Creek Herbs, Fairfield, IA

At Pickle Creek, we use organic herbs we grow on our Iowa farm to handcraft artisanal herbal products, including infused olive oils and vinegars, soaps, salves, salts, and balms.

Offering: Herb-infused olive oils and vinegars, soaps, salves, salts, and balms that we handcraft ourselves using original recipes and the herbs and other produce we grow in our garden.

Price Range: $3 – $25



Held Companies, Corcoran, MN

At Held Companies we make handmade wooden snowmen and deer of all sizes. We also create laser cut decor such as; signs, ornaments, coasters and magnets.

Offering: Birch Snowmen, Birch Deer, Repurposed wooden signs, ornaments, wooden trees, etc.

Price Range: $2 – $150

Three In One Artworks, Urbandale, IA

Three In One Artworks offers unique, hand-crafted functional and decorative clay mugs, trays, boxes and bowls. Designs include agricultural and rural heritage, Celtic, Christian and contemporary designs.

Offering: Ornaments, coffee cups, mugs, serving trays, serving bowls, trinket boxes, trinket dishes, candle holders, vases, kitchen utensil holders, decorative trays, plates and bowls. (Celtic, agriculture and contemporary designs)

Price Range: $15 – $100

Danish Windmill, Elk Horn, IA

Authentic 1848 historic Danish Windmill located in Elk Horn, Iowa. The Windmill was built in Denmark in 1848 and reconstructed in Elk Horn in 1975 to working condition and stands as a memorial to the areas Danish Heritage.

Offering: Danish Christmas giftware celebrating old world traditions. Prepackaged Danish candy and Danish food

Price Range: $1 – $100

Andy Klindt – Chainsaw Carvings, Des Moines, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Andy Klindt creates using wood and iron, utilizing anything from chainsaws to traditional hand tools when working in wood and time honored methods of blacksmithing when working with metal.

Offering: Chainsaw carvings, Wooden ornaments, Hand forged kitchen ware, decorations, tools, knives, jewelry, Hand carved wooden kitchen ware, Handmade wooden boxes, totes, tables

Price Range: $7 – $3000





Nymph In The Woods, Boone, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Nymph in the Woods creates one-of-a-kind jewelry combining fused glass and wire wrapping! See how the pieces are created during wire wrapping demonstrations!

Offering: Jewelry combining fused glass and wire wrapping – necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and more!

Price Range: $15 – $150

Indianola Glass Creations, Indianola, IA | DEMONSTRATION

We make everything we sell in Indianola, Iowa. They are one of a kind fused and stained glass jewelry and home decor pieces. Will be demonstrating blown glass ornaments.

Offering: Fused glass pendants, earrings, bracelets, hair accessories, pop sockets, tie-tac’s, tie-bars, money clips & key chains. Fused glass plates, bowls, soap dish, spoon rest, business card holder, napkin holder Christmas ornaments. Stained glass Christmas ornaments pendants, earrings, picture frames and small panels. Blown glass ornaments, hand painted glass Christmas ornaments and hand painted wine bottle lights with winter scene.

Price Range: $8 – $150

Wild Cherry Spoon Co, Rock Island, IL | DEMONSTRATION

Handcarved wooden home, kitchen, and lifestyle goods made from ethically harvested urban lumber.

Offering: Hand-carved wooden: spoons, spatulas, kitchen utensils, cutting, serving, and presentation boards and trays, pizza cutters and paddles, shaving razors, shaving brushes, shaving stands, baby spoons, coffee scoops, beer flights, bottle openers, muddlers, wooden bowls.

Price Range: $5 – $125

Dakota Tinworks, Estelline, SD | DEMONSTRATION

Dakota Tinworks is a family-owned business dedicated to making and selling traditional tinware and ornaments, hand-made exclusively by tinsmith Karl-Josef Schmidt, using primarily antique, 19th century tinsmith’s tools and techniques.

Offering: Handmade tinware of all kinds: tin Christmas ornaments, tin tree tinsel, tin tree toppers, tin cookie cutters, tin biscuit cutters, tin candle holders, pierced tin candle covers, tin candle sconces, tin cups, and tin candle lanterns.

Price Range: $5 – $150





Quilted Gardens Nursery, Des Moines, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Specializing in fresh made wreaths and greens bundles, seasonal decor, Iowa made leather door bells and bell straps, glass bird and Fair trade gourd ornaments.

Offering: Fresh Wreaths and Greens, Glass Christmas Ornaments, Iowa-made leather Christmas Door Bells, Ice Globe Kits, German inspired Paper Cutout art, Fair trade gourd ornaments and boxes.

Price Range: $15 – $75





Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 Food & Beverage Vendors



Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt

Support Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA), the non-profit that produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines with a purchase from this stand.

Offering: Usinger Brats, Käse Spätzle and bottled water

Price Range: $1 – $5


Glühwein (roughly, “glow-wine”, from the hot irons once used for mulling) is popular in German speaking countries. Glühwein is prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, citrus, sugar and at times vanilla pods.

Iowa Beer Bus

L&L European Delight, Chariton, IA

Ukrainian style foods, gifts and desserts

Offering: Perogie, pelmeni, cabbage rolls, candy, sweets

Price Range: $1 – $10




Chocolaterie Stam, Des Moines, IA

Fine European chocolates and confections.

Offering: hot chocolate, prepacked chocolates, stroopwafels handmade, speculaas

Price Range: $3 – $40



Top of the Hill Nuts, Grinnell, IA

Offering: Cinnamon or maple flavored roasted almonds, cashews, pecans

Price Range: $5 – $8




Curbin Cuisine, Granger, IA

State of the art, wickedly designed bright green food truck.

Offering: The Hogfather sausage Sandwich, Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich or The Rachael W/ Turkey, German Style Mac N Cheese “Spatzle”, German Skillet Bowl, Garlic Parm Pretzel Bombs W/ Cheese Sauce, CinnaBomb Pretzel Bombs W/ Frosting Dip, Coffee & Water.
Price Range: $2 – $8

Sugarplums Cakes and Confections, LLC, Altoona, IA

Sugarplums is a local bakery that specializes in traditional gingerbread and other European baked goods for the Christkindlmarket. Everything we sell is made completely from scratch from family recipes.

Offering: German Gingerbread and cookies. Lebkuchen, pfeffernuss, springerle, spritz, spicy pretzels, cupcakes, sugar cookies, gingerbread houses , sentiment hearts and scotch-a-roo Santas.
Price Range: $2 – $40

Ruhland’s Strudel Haus, St. Paul, MN

Fresh baked sweet and savory strudels, handmade pretzels

Offering: Strudels and pretzels, Hot drinks
Price Range: $5 – $8

Cheese Bar, Des Moines, IA

Cheese Bar DSM will be unveiling our newest addition, Cheese Cart. We will be featuring Raclette prepared in the European Traditional Method of scrapping melted cheese over potatoes and sausage.

Offering: Raclette on Potatoes and Sausage
Price Range: $8 – $12

K & S Kitchen LLC, Des Moines, IA

French Style Crepes with a sweet or savory filling

Offering: Crepes with either a sweet or savory filling
Price Range: $5 – $7

The Kringle Man (Village Cafe), Elk Horn, IA

The Kringle is made of very high quality dough folded and buttered 81 times to get all the lightness and air pockets associated with Danish Baking. We blend Almond Paste with all our Fruit to come up with an irresistible, melt in your mouth flavor.

Offering: Danish Kringle, Letters, Cream Horns Krispies, Turnovers
Price Range: $2 – $12

The Big Red Food Truck, Granger, IA

Offering: Beef and Lamb Gyro, Brats and Tots, Irish Stew, Wienershnitzel, a British Bacon Butty Sandwich, and English Breakfast Tots
Price Range: $5 – $10


BySuzanne Hull

Registration Now Open For The 4th Annual Silent Auction at #CDM2019!

Christkindlmarket Des Moines is proud to present a unique fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations. We invite up to 15 participants to decorate 6-8 foot cut trees** that will be displayed during the market and sold via a silent auction. The organization that decorates the tree will receive 100% of the profits earned from Des Moines European Heritage Association following the event.

Individual organizations are responsible for all tree decorations, and all items used on the tree will be given to the winning bidder. We encourage decorations that are able to withstand the temperamental Iowa weather (snow, sleet, rain, and/or wind). The trees remain outside for the duration of Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

Relocating Christkindlmarket Des Moines to Principal Park this year has afforded us the opportunity to make some exciting changes relating to the Silent Auction.

  • We will be introducing “der Weihnachtswald,” the Christmas Forest. The Forest will house the Silent Auction trees along with our wooden Christmas tree tables to stand around and enjoy food and drinks. All of these items will be covered by an open sided tent to provide a bit of shelter from any seasonal precipitation.
  • We will also be able to feature our Silent Auction trees and open bids on Thursday evening during the private, ticketed preview party “’Twas the Night Before #CDM2019.”

We will once again be using off-site bidding technology to garner bids and use i-Pads on site to help interested bidders register. Minimum bids will start at $60 and increase in increments of $10. Organizations will be asked to decorate their tree on Wednesday, December 4th. Bidding will begin Thursday night, December 5th, at 5pm and close Sunday, December 8th, at 3pm.

Please use this link to register your nonprofit organization as a participant at the Chistkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction tree decorating. Once the form has been submitted, additional information will be sent via email.

If you have any questions, contact Missy Mootz at

** Cut trees are not perfect and will have a tendency to lean. We have upgraded our stands this year to help with leaning, but they will not always allow for the optimal display of the tree. We will present the trees in the most positive way given our circumstances. Please manage your expectations accordingly.

BySuzanne Hull

‘Twas the Night Before #CDM2019

Be one of the first to experience Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 during this private, ticketed preview party at Principal Park, on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5 – 9pm.

Get Tickets Now!

This event grants you exclusive access to the market before it officially opens to the public.

Be one of the first to get your 2019 commemorative mug, meet and mingle with select vendors and get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Pick from two ticket packages:

VIP guests:

  • Enjoy a sit down, authentic German holiday buffet dinner in Yuletide Hall, our heated, outdoor entertainment venue with performances by DSM Dueling Fiddles and Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen.
  • Buffet dinner will include: reuben bites, pretzel bites, green salad with German pickles, beef rouladen with roasted brussel sprouts, carrots and new potatoes, pork schnitzel with mushroom cream sauce, Käsespätzle and red cabbage with apples.
  • Receive two drink coupons for European beer, warm, mulled Glühwein (don’t forget the amaretto, orange liqueur and apple liqueur add-ins!), Kinderpunsch (non-alcoholic mulled cider) or assorted sodas.
  • Receive a gift bag featuring hand-selected items from our vendors and partners.
  • Guaranteed free parking
  • One 2019 commemorative Glühwein mug

General Admission guests:

  • Receive one entree, one dessert, and two drink coupons valid at all Christkindlmarket Des Moines food and drink vendors.
  • Additional food and drink items may be purchased from vendors throughout the evening.
  • Guaranteed free parking
  • One 2019 commemorative mug

For guests with families, we offer a special Kid’s Package:

  • One entrée and one drink coupon.
  • One 2019 commemorative mug.

Please Note: The Kid’s Package is only valid for children 10 years of age or younger. (Children 0-4 years of age are free.) Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Event details:

  • 5:00 pm – Doors open – Enter venue from the north side of the Main Lot only
  • 5:30 pm – VIP dinner begins with entertainment in Yuletide Hall
  • 8:30 pm – Buffet closes

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for purchase. Tickets are non-transferable, and all ticket purchases are final at time of purchase. Buy your tickets TODAY before they sell out!

We look forward to celebrating the 4th Annual Christkindlmarket Des Moines with you at our 2019 Preview Event!

BySuzanne Hull

#CDM2019 Hotels

This year, we are pleased to work with the following hotels. Located near Principal Park, these properties are perfect for guests visiting Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

Staybridge Suites Des Moines Downtown (Studio King Suite: $119)

201 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Book your group rate for Christkindlmarket Des Moines by calling 515-280-3828 or 877-238-8898 and requesting the group rate for “Christkindlmarket”

Cutoff Date: November 5, 2019


Hyatt Place Des Moines Downtown (King w/ sofa sleeper pullout: $104, Double Queen: $109)

418 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Book your group rate for Christkindlmarket Des Moines by calling 800-993-2451 and requesting the group rate for “Christkindlmarket Des Moines”

Cutoff Date: November 7, 2019 5pm CST


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Complimentary use of the fitness center including the indoor pool
  • Complimentary shuttle to/from the airport as well as a 3-mile radius of the hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton (Single King: $134, Double Queen: $139

120 SW Water St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Book your group rate for Christkindlmarket Des Moines by calling 515-244-1650 and requesting the group rate for “Christkindlmarket Des Moines”

Cutoff Date: November 14, 2019


Holiday Inn Express & Suites (King Standard: $139, Double Queen: $139

333 SW 11th St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Book your group rate for Christkindlmarket Des Moines by calling 800-HOLIDAY and requesting the group rate for “Christkindlmarket Des Moines”

Cutoff Date: November 5, 2019, 3pm CST


BySuzanne Hull

Gail’s Photography & Designs | 2019 In-Kind Sponsor

As we continue to host Des Moines European Heritage Association programs and get ready to produce Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019, we’re finding a lot of memorable moments along the way. We’re grateful to have Gail’s Photography and Designs to capture those for us as our 2019 Photography Sponsor.

Gail retired from Lifetouch Portrait Studios in June 2014. The next month, she opened her own photography business. Her subjects are usually children and families. She also designs word art that are offered in metal or in print. Her favorite part of her job is seeing families enjoying themselves and capturing moments for them to keep for generations.

Gail is looking forward to looking at the unique gifts that are offered. Her involvement with Christkindlmarket Des Moines was inspired by her Italian heritage and passion for learning about other cultures.

“I believe that learning about and understanding what other cultures have to offer is essential in our society,” Gail said.

She also encourages people interested in European heritage to get involved with Des Moines European Heritage Association and Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

“There’s great connections to be made and everyone brings something special to it that only they can give.”

Take a look at Gail’s Facebook Fan Page to see her great work. You’ll see Gail at all of our 2019 programs as well!

Thank you, Gail, for your support!

Gail's Photography & Design
BySuzanne Hull

2019 Call for Performers

Des Moines European Heritage Association invites you to become a performer at the 4th Annual Christkindlmarket Des Moines taking place December 6 – 8, 2019 at Principal Park.

In its first three years, this cultural experience has attracted over 95,000 visitors.

If you have applied in the past, but were not accepted, we encourage you to complete an application each year. The programming committee takes several factors into consideration when choosing the slate of performers each year.

Performances typically seen at Christkindlmarkets include (but are not limited to): European folk music players, European folk music singers, yodeling, guitarist, accordionist, clogging, folk dancers, Scottish pipes & drums, high school choirs, children’s choirs, violinists, bell choirs, church choirs, story-tellers, brass bands, alpine horn blowers, marionette/ puppeteer, Schuhplattler Verein, vocal performances in European languages, harpists, etc. We will provide a four-sided, forced-air heated tent at a location to be determined by Christkindlmarket Des Moines event planning committee in Principal Park’s Main Lot. A lighted stage within the tent will be provided. The size of the stage in 2018 was 30’ x 16’.

Our performer guide will give you an overview of the needs assessment process and requirements. As soon as you fill out the needs assessment, it will be reviewed.

What is the timeline for the process?

  1. Fill out the online needs assessment no later than March 15, 2019
  2. Send photographs representing you or your group to –
  3. Receive feedback from Christkindlmarket Des Moines staff by April 15, 2019
2019 Performer Information Guide
Complete the 2019 Performer Needs Assessment
BySuzanne Hull

2019 Call for Vendors

Des Moines European Heritage Association invites you to become a vendor at the 4th Annual Christkindlmarket Des Moines taking place December 6 – 8, 2019 at Principal Park.

In its first three years, this cultural experience has attracted over 95,000 visitors.

Vendor Testimonial: Wild Cherry Spoon Co has vended across the Midwest. From popular indie craft markets in Chicago to small first time shows. Christkindl Market Des Moines blew them all away in terms of revenue, participation, crowd size, after show sales, interesting things to see and do at the market, and volunteer support. We would love to be able to attend every subsequent market and word of advice to vendors; plan for your wildest sales expectations and then bring 4x the inventory…it sells out fast!
  Tim McGuire, Wild Cherry Spoon

The quality of a traditional Christmas market depends on maintaining a high standard of the vendor products it offers. Christkindlmarket Des Moines is dedicated to immersing visitors in a world of folklore and craftsmanship as well as enticing them with traditional, seasonal culinary specialties to provide an experience filled with European elegance and charm. See Google Images of Christmas markets around the world.

Our vendor guide will give you an overview of the application process and requirements. As soon as you fill out the application, it will be reviewed internally. You will receive feedback by April 15, 2019 at the latest.

If you have applied in the past, but were not accepted, we encourage you to complete an application each year. The vendor committee takes several factors into consideration when choosing the slate of vendors each year. We will continue to add wooden vendor stalls and not all vendors that participated in the past are asked to return which results in openings.

Products typically found at Christkindlmarkets throughout the world, which include (but are not limited to): decorative fresh wreaths and centerpieces; one-of-a-kind handmade items that can be made and demonstrated on site; holiday ornaments of all colors, materials and sizes; nutcrackers; cuckoo clocks; beer steins; wooden toys; jewelry; wood carvings; European sweets and treats; sausages; sauerkraut; potato pancakes; waffles; crepes; stollen; gingerbread; roasted nuts; cakes and pastries; German smokers; candles; wooden nativity scenes; items made from hand-blown glass; clay and ceramic pottery items; tea light holders; Eastern Slavic handcrafted gifts, such as nesting dolls and papier-mâché lacquer boxes; lace; leather products; beer and wine glasses; wooden toys; handwoven garments and more.

View all Vendor Testimonials
Read the 2019 Vendor Guide (Required)
Apply to be a 2019 Vendor
City of Des Moines Outdoor Events Requirements (Food vendors please read)
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

I was especially impressed with the advertising for Christkindlmarket Des Moines—I think the organizers did a great job of getting the word out through many different avenues. The volunteers were very friendly and helpful. The booths made for a great ambience, and we loved the signs!
Pickle Creek Herbs