#CDM2016 Vendor Announcement

BySuzanne Hull

#CDM2016 Vendor Announcement

We’re pleased to showcase the following vendors during the inaugural Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016 Gift and Specialty Item Vendors

Worldly Goods

Worldly Goods is a Fair Trade nonprofit gift store located in Ames since 1987.  Our unique Fair Trade gifts are handmade from over 50 developing countries.  Volunteers share artisan stories.

Offering: Fair Trade items from around the world focusing on Christmas ornaments and decorations. Additional items that have a European heritage theme including Fair Trade stocking stuffers, coffee, tea, chocolate and other Fair Trade foods that are prepackaged.


Tea shop with natural and organic teas.

Offering: Premium loose leaf teas and tea accessories: Christmas teas: Black Christmas tea, Snowman greet teas, including Spices for Glühwein, herbal teas. Link to the teas:http://shop.tgtea.com/. Also tea accessories: Cast iron teapots, ceramic teapots, mugs and infusers.

The Red Door Press

The Red Door Press is a Des Moines based letterpress print shop that specializes in prints, cards, and letterpress ephemera. We use traditional print methods, antique printing presses, and up-cycled materials.

Offering: Letterpress prints, cards and other goods.

Chocolaterie Stam

Chocolaterie Stam, Fine European Chocolates since 1913

The Museum of Danish America

Offering: Danish / Scandinavian gift items:  jams, jewelry, note cards, hand towels, Christmas die-cuts, papirklip

Andy Klindt – Chainsaw Carvings

Andy Klindt Chainsaw Carver

Offering: Chainsaw Carvings

Pickle Creek Herbs

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

Offering: Herb-infused olive oils and vinegars, herbal fruit jams, dried herbs and herbal teas, herbal soaps, salves, salts, and balms

Paisley USA

French Needle Work from recycled Marino wool

Offering: Fiber art pieces and tea cozies


Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016 Food & Beverage Vendors


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/Paulaner/Exile

Stella Cidre, Exile Ruthie, Exile Hannah, Exile Gigi, Kölsch, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Paulaner Münchener Lager, Lion Bridge Brewing Company Workman’s Compensation, Turner Alley Czech Village Pilsner, Breckenridge Christmas Ale, Budweiser, Bud Light

Royal Mile

The Royal Mile will be selling Scotch Eggs and Cornish Pasties (both traditional dishes of the U.K).

Offering: Scotch eggs and Cornish pasty

Mucky Duck Pub

The Mucky Duck Pub is a full service, British-style public house (pub) located in Ames.  At the Mucky Duck we are pleased to welcome people of all ages and from all walks of life – we believe that drinking, eating and having fun together is a very important part of life!  We have a great selection of beer from the UK, the USA and Iowa.  We also serve some classic British dishes such as fish and chips and bangers and mash but we are also well know for our burgers and tenderloins.  At the market we are pleased to be serving some British Christmas classics such as mince pies and Christmas pudding, along with some of the staples from our restaurant.

Offering: Mince pies, English Christmas pudding, fish and chips, bangers and mash, hot tea (chai, regular black and green), Christmas crackers (retail items), Turkish Delight (retail item), Tubs of assorted chocolates (Roses or Quality Street) (retail item)

Salt & Pretzel

Salt and Pretzel Co. is family-owned and operated in Ames, Iowa. They started the business in 2015 with the idea of bringing unique, soft pretzels to the community. Each pretzel is carefully crafted with the best ingredients and produced with state of the art equipment to create exceptional pretzels. All of their are made in their FDA-inspected bakery that meets all food safety and GMP requirements.

Offering: Traditional German Sausages. German pretzels with mustards and sauces. Rye breads and other baked products, including Gingerbread Cookies.

Top of the Hill Nuts

Offering: Cinnamon and maple flavored roasted almonds, cashews, and pecans.

Hessen Haus

Willkommen! Iowa’s favorite German Bier Hall, with the largest German Bier selection in the world!

Offering: Sauerkraut Balls, German Bier Cheese Soup, Peasant Plate (German sausage and cheese platter)

Mars Cafe


Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.


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