Food & Beverage

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2023 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

Glühwein and Kinderpunsch, Des Moines, IA

Support Iowa European Cultural Connection, 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, hot cocoa/coffee (based on availability)

Price Range: $3 – $6

European Imports and Iowa Craft Beer, Des Moines, IA

Support Iowa European Cultural Connection, 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: $7 – $8

Polish King, Des Moines, IA

Polish King – Chicago Style Fast Food

Offering: Polish, Polish with Sauerkraut, Currywurst, Gyro, Italian Beef Sandwich, Fries

Price Range: $5 – $15

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: $3.50 -$27

Sugarplums Cakes and Confections, Altoona, IA

Sugarplums offers made from scratch Christmas Confections. We specialize in traditional German Gingerbreads and Cookies.

Offering: Made from scratch Christmas confections, traditional German gingerbread and cookies, Lebkuchen, Pfeffernuss, Spritzgebäck, Springerle, Gingerbread Houses, Sentiment Hearts with German sentiments, Cupcakes and Spicy Pretzels.

Price Range: $4 – $35

German Taste, West Des Moines, IA

Offering: Original German Currywurst, German Bratwurst

Price Range: $5 – $7

Danish Windmill, Elk Horn, IA

Step back in time to our Old World Christmas market booth to experience an old fashion Danish Christmas. Featuring keepsakes for a lifetime. No Passport needed!

Offering: Scandinavian, Nordic, and made in Denmark Christmas items such as gnomes, elves, nisse, straw ornaments, cookware, glassware, stemware, books, sweaters, socks, shoes and prepackages foods and glogg.

Price Range: $1 – $300

Pre-Sale:, 712-764-7472, [email protected]

The Kringle Man, Elk Horn, IA

Danish baking with lite and flaky pockets of goodness is what you’ll find here. Kringle is enjoyed with family and friends when your having that warm and fuzzy feeling, HYGGE.

Offering: Danish Kringle, Danish Letters, Cream Horns, Krispies, Danish Pastry, Aebelskiver, Stroopwaffel, Danish Layer Cup

Price Range: $5 – $15

Sweet Treats, Jewell, IA

Offering: Roasted Nuts: Pecans, Almonds, or Cashews glazed with either Cinnamon or Maple

Price Range: $6

K&S Kitchen, Des Moines, IA

Local catering company founded by a Des Moines native

Offering: Quarkbällchen (sweet German fried dough balls made with German quark cheese, rolled in cinnamon sugar) & Crepes

Price Range: $10

Comfort Food, Huxley, IA (Eastern European)

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

Offering: Jäger Schnitzel, Kaese Spaetzle, Champignons, Belegtes Brot, pretzel bites with beer cheese dip and coffee

Price Range: $8 – $12

The Big Red Food Truck, Des Moines, IA

Offering: Reuben On Marble Rye with Fries, Schnitzel on A Toasted Kaiser Bun With Lemon/Dill Aiola and Fries,
Bratwurst and Sauerkraut Pizza with Beer Cheese Drizzle, Mozzarella Sticks with Ranch or Marinara, Pretzels with Beer Cheese, and Doner Kabob with Fries, Tomato, Onion and Garlic Dill Sauce

Price Range: $4 – $12

Chocolaterie Stam, Des Moines, IA

Explore Amsterdam by experiencing Chocolaterie Stam celebrates over 109 years of true Dutch history in making fine chocolates and confections. Experience our housemade Hot Chocolate, freshly prepared Stroopwafels, and our delicious chocolates.

Offering: Hot Chocolate, Fresh made Stroopwafel, Packaged Stroopwafel, Pre-selected Assorted Holiday Chocolates

Price Range: $4 – $30

L&L European Delight, Chariton, IA

Ukrainian/European style delicacyies and gifts.

Offering: Perogies, cheburekie, Pelmenie, cabbage rolls, Ukrainian/European chocolate candys,gift Items, poppy seed rolls.

Price Range: $4 – $20

Fritz Toffee Company, Ames, IA

We bring you our award winning, buttery smooth, melt-in-your-mouth, gourmet toffee!

Offering: Toffee

Price Range: $5 – $25

Freedom Blend Coffee, Des Moines, IA

Our local mission is to empower young adults with work training and life skills that produce development, restoration, and hope within our café and coffee trailer. Our fair trade coffee is roasted in-house, ensuring you receive the highest quality while supporting communities both locally and globally.

Offering: Lattes, fresh brewed coffee, hot chocolate, tea lattes, steeped tea, bagged coffee beans

Price Range: $3.5 – $16

Hotsy Totsy, Urbandale, IA

Des Moines’ Fastest, Freshest & Funnest food truck with a German menu that is bound to please. Adapting some of Germany’s favorite street foods that lend themselves to the tater tot theme of the truck!

Offering: Brats ‘n’ Tots, Doner Kebab, Emmenthal Cheese Tots w. smoked bacon, Curry Wurst Tots, Bavarian Goulash Tots, German Chocolate Chunk Brownie

Price Range: $10-$16

iPierogi, Woodbury, MN

We are very excited to introduce ourselves for your event; our food truck is ready to bring delicious side of polish tradition whenever you are. iPierogi Food truck is family owned and operated, serving homemade style pierogi and other polish food. We are determined to provide our customers with the most delicious Pierogi, Polish Sausage, Stuffed Cabbage (Gołabki), and Crepes (Blintzes) on the market today.

Offering: Pierogi Cabbage roll, Polish Kielbasa, Blintzes

Price Range: $9 – $10

Travelin’ Tom’s Coffee of Ankeny, Ankeny, IA

We serve everything coffee! Hot or cold, sweet or bold!

Offering: Coffee, tea

Price Range: $3 – $7

Hot Off The Presses, West Des Moines, IA

Offering: Raclette Grilled Cheese, Basic Grilled Cheese, Tomato Basil Bisque

Price Range: $8-$15

Cajun Belle, Johnston, IA

Cajun Belle is a Southeast Texas-cuisine restaurant in the Des Moines, Iowa, metro area. We were founded in 2022 and offer a unique menu available through drive-thru at our storefront location in Johnston, Iowa. Many of our products have a heavy Czech influence and we are excited to honor that influence with our sweet kolaches!

Offering: Sweet Kolaches, Gumbo

Price Range: $4 – $7

Des Moines Biergarten, Des Moines, IA

Offering: Bavarian Pretzel, Curry Wurst Rolls, Brats, Hot Dogs, Schnitzel Bites, Loaded Fries (with chopped brat, caramelized onion, sauerkraut and beer cheese sauce), fries, German potato salad (served hot or cold)

Price Range: $3 – $8

Creme de la Crepe, Des Moines, IA

Authentic French crepes

Offering: Nutella and banana crepe; strawberry cheesecake crepe; smores crepe; buttered crepe with cinnamon and sugar, crepe suzette with Grand Marnier

Price Range: $3-8

Meet The Team

Beth Grabau

Kelsey Chaves White

Samantha Ahn

Kaitlyn Wheelock

Claire Yocom

Sable Joseph

Kayla Garvin

Marissa Johnson

Tammera Pierson

Margaret Townsend

Mackenzie Dierks

Abby Kessler

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.