Food & Beverage

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021 Food & Beverage Vendors


An der Weihnachtsecke, Des Moines, IA

Shop the Christkindlmarket Des Moines store for your favorite European treats.

Offering: Advent calendars, truffles, Irish whisky fudge, Mozart kugeln, marzipan, liquor-filled chocolate, assorted holiday cookies, limited-edition Toblerone, Lebkuchen, stollen, stroopwafeln, clotted cream, shortbread, tea, Swedish lingonberry jam, German mustard and German honey

Price Range: $3 – $38

Pre-Sale: Bottles of Glühwein, 2021 Glühwein commemorative mugs, select food items. URL to our online store will be provided as we get closer to the event.


Glühwein and Kinderpunsch, Des Moines, IA

Support Des Moines European Heritage Association, the non-profit that produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines, with the purchase of warm traditional Christkindlmarket beverages:

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

Kinderpunsch is a warm beverage made from cranberry juice, apple cider, brown sugar and mulling spices.

Offering: Glühwein, Kinderpunsch, various liquor add-ins

Price Range: $2 – $6

Pre-Sale: Bottles of Glühwein, 2021 Glühwein commemorative mugs, select food items. URL to our online store will be provided as we get closer to the event.


European Imports and Iowa Craft Beer, Des Moines, IA

Support Des Moines European Heritage Association, the non-profit that produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines, with the purchase of various European Imports and Iowa Craft Beers. MENU CHANGES DAILY!

Offering: European imports and Iowa Craft Beers

Price Range: $6 – $7


Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt, Des Moines, IA

Support Des Moines European Heritage Association, the non-profit that produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines, with the purchase of a German-style Usinger Brat.

Offering: Usinger brats

Price Range: $5


The Kringle Man, Elk Horn, IA

The Kringle Man creates a light and flaky Danish Kringle using a puff pastry dough that is folded and buttered 81 times to give you a mouth watering experience. We add Almond Paste sweetly prepared and different fruits blended together to create an flavor explosion of sweet and flaky. A must have for coffee or ice cream or anytime.

Offering: Danish Kringle (2 sizes), Danish Letter, Cream Horns, Krispies, Danish Pastry

Price Range: $6 – $15


Sugarplums Cakes and Confections, Altoona, IA

During the holiday season, Sugarplums specializes in made from scratch, traditional, German cookies and baked goods. Try our Lebkuchen, Pfeffernuss, Springerle, Stollen, Spritz, Sentiment Hearts, Sugar Cookies and Cupcakes.

Offering: Gingerbread: Sentiment Hearts, Lebkuchen, Pfeffernuss, Springerle, Stollen, Scotch-a-roo Santa’s, cupcakes, Spritz, decorated sugar cookies, decorated Gingerbread houses, possibly some gingerbread themed Christmas ornaments.

Price Range: $4 – $30


Pickle Creek Herbs, Fairfield, IA

At Pickle Creek, we use the herbs we grow on our sustainable Iowa farm to handcraft artisanal olive oils and vinegars, soaps, salves, and balms using our own original recipes.

Offering: Herb-infused olive oils and vinegars (including the Apple Strudel White Balsamic we created especially for this event and the Prairie Fire olive oil that earned the 2019 1st Place Scovie Award for a Chile Oil), 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 -$25

Pre-Sale: www.picklecreek.com/shop


Danish Windmill, Elk Horn, IA

Step back in time to our little Danish Christmas Market booth that will feature “Keepsakes for a Lifetime”. Experience a piece of Denmark close to home.

Offering: Scandinavia, Nordic and made in Denmark Christmas gift items such as Gnomes, Nisse, Elves, straw Ornaments, Cookware and prepackaged foods and glogg.

Price Range: $1 – $350

Pre-Sale: www.Danishwindmill.com, 712-764-7472, sales@danishwindmill.com


L&L European Delight, Chariton, IA

Ukrainian style food and gifts

Offering: Perogies, Pelmenie, cabbage Rools,Chebureckie, candys, honey, poppyseed/sweet rolls,gift items.

Price Range: $4 – $20


Ruhland’s Strudel Haus, St. Paul, MN

Handmade, sweet and savory strudel

Offering: Sweet Strudel: Apple, Strawberry Rhubarb, Tart Cherry, Raspberry Almond Cream Cheese, Blueberry Lemon. SAVORY STRUDEL: Spinach Feta Artichoke Heart, Reuben, Chicken Pot Pie, Mushroom Medley with Goat Cheese, Italian Stallion.

Price Range: $3 – $9

Pre-Sale: thomas@thestrudelhaus.com


Top of the Hill Nuts, Grinnell, IA

Roasting on sight almonds, cashews, and pecans with cinnamon or maple flavoring.

Offering: Cinnamon roasted nuts

Price Range: Small $5, large $8

Pre-Sale: 641-990-2005, glincoln49@gmail.com


Fritz Toffee Company, Ames, IA

Handcrafted Gourmet Toffee

Offering: Toffee, Toffee Popcorn, Toffee Coated Carmel Apples

Price Range: $4 – $75


Big Mama’s Bistro, Granger, IA

Big Mama’s Bistro will be offering authentic German fare! We’ll have doughnuts, German hash over potatoes and potato soup! Come get some!

Offering: Fasnacht (donuts), Kohl Und Hackfleisch (German hash) over potatoes and Kartoffelsuppe (vegan & gluten free potato soup)

Price Range: $8


K & S Kitchen, Des Moines, IA

Local catering company that specializes in public and private events

Offering: Ham & cheese crepes, spinach & cheese crepes, Nutella crepes, strawberry crepes

Price Range: $6


Chocolaterie Stam, Des Moines, IA

Explore Amsterdam by experiencing Chocolaterie Stam. A family-owned chocolate company with over 108 years in the industry with multiple locations in the US and abroad.

Offering: Hot chocolate, fresh made Dutch stroopwafel, packaged stroopwafels, assorted pre-packaged holiday chocolates

Price Range: $3 – $25


Polish King, Des Moines, IA

Polish King – Chicago Style Fast Food

Offering: Polish sausage, Currywurst, Italian sausage, Gyros, French fries

Price Range: $10 – $12


Comfort Food, Huxley, IA

Serving delicious food favorites to the Ballard, Ames and Des Moines area. We offer catering, food truck and carry out services.

Offering: Jägerschnitzel, Käsespätzle, Champignon, Poutine, Belegtes Brot

Price Range: $10 – $12

Meet The Team

Amanda Milloy

Tammera Pierson

Margaret Townsend

Dan Johnson

Mackenzie Dierks

Abby Kessler

Mike King

Tasha Jackson

Missy Mootz

Dave Cox

Suzanne Hull

Our Sponsors

Many thanks to our sponsors for their support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Be sure to visit their websites to learn more.