Food & Beverage

For 2020, the Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) has announced that it will change its annual in-person holiday experience to “CDM Curbside,” presented by Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

This year’s event will feature an online marketplace open Nov. 9 to 22, hosting several vendor stores featuring unique holiday wares and edibles. After purchasing, customers can choose various drive-thru pickup times from Dec. 3 to 6, the weekend the traditional in-person market would have taken place.


Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2020 Food 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

Milwaukee Pretzel Company, Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Pretzel Company. Authentic Bavarian Soft Pretzels.

Offering: Christmas Market Gift Pack, Braided Pretzel Wreath

Price Range: $12-$35

Vander Ploeg Bakery, Pella, IA

Vander Ploeg Bakery

Offering: Breads, Donuts, Cookies, Dutch Pastries, Dutch Letters

Price Range: $1 – $15

Bob’s Belgian Hot Chocolate, Stickney, IL

Be amazed at the taste of Bob’s Belgian Hot Chocolate, made with 100% dark and milk imported Belgian chocolate. Take home our delicious MIX or our convenient single serve STIX.

Offering: Hot Chocolate MIX, Hot Chocolate STIX

Price Range: $5 – $24

Randol Honey Farm, Winterset, IA

Our honey is raw, strained and unpasteurized honey. I make bath and body care products using honey and beeswax.

Offering: Honey, flavored honey, creamed honey, bee pollen, honey sticks, beeswax lotion bars, goat milk & honey soaps, foot bars and lip balm.

Price Range: $3 – $25

The Kringle Man, Elk Horn, IA

The Kringle Man offers Danish baking at it’s finest. Our Kringle is filled with almond paste and a blend of fruits. We use a light and flaky dough that provides many layers of mouth-watering deliciousness.

Offering: Danish Kringle (2 sizes), Cream Horns, (Dutch) Danish Letters

Price Range: $6 – $15

TeaGschwendner, Chicago, IL

TeaGschwendner – a premium Loose Leaf tea retailer offering high quality products based on German standards. You will love our Christmas Tea collection along with our very popular Advent Tea Calendar. Give the gift of joy with tea!

Offering: Christmas, Fall, and Top Seller Tea collection (loose leaf teas, Advent tea calendars, tea accessories), honey gift sets all made in Germany

Price Range: $15 – $150

Sugarplums Cakes and Confections, Altoona, IA

Sugarplums specializes in, made from scratch, German gingerbreads and cookies for Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Lebkuchen, Pfeffernuss, Springerle, Spritz and Sentiment Hearts. All beautifully wrapped and ready for gift giving or enjoying with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

Offering: German gingerbreads-lebkuchen and pfeffernuss , German Springerle cookies in Almond and Anise flavors, Spritz cookies and German Sentiment Heart cookies

Price Range: $4 – $25

Pickle Creek Herbs, Fairfield, IA

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

Offering: Herb-infused olive oils and vinegars, soaps, salves, salts, and balms that we hand make ourselves using our own recipes and the herbs, garlic, tomatoes, fruit, and peppers we grow on our farm. We plan to offer these a la cart as well as in festive gift boxes and bags.

Price Range: $3 -$25

Danish Windmill, Elk Horn, IA

The 1848 Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa will offer a bit of Scandinavia close to home, let us help you keep your Christmas traditions alive. “Keepsakes for a Lifetime”

Offering: Candy, non-alcoholic glogg concentrate, non-perishable Danish Food items

Price Range: $2 – $75

L&L European Delight, Chariton, IA

Ukrainian/European products. Try our delicious Ukrainian food, Pastries, chocolates and gift items.

Offering: Poppyseed rolls, pastries, pelmenie, cabbage rolls, candys, gift items, perogies.

Price Range: $4 – $20

Ruhland’s Strudel Haus, St. Paul, MN

Freezer to oven, handcrafted from scratch, love on a plate. Strudel from your neighbors in Minnesota.

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: $15 per fruit strudel. $22 per savory strudel

Baked Cheese Haus, LTD, Mineral Point, WI

Wisconsin artisanal cheesemaker specializing in Alpine-style Raclette and Baked Cheese. We offer unique, specialty cheeses handcrafted at our Wisconsin creamery that dates to 1899.

Offering: Artisanal Cheeses – Raclette, Baked Cheese, Aged Cheddars, Cheddar Spreads; Raclette – accessories, accompaniments and equipment

Price Range: Cheeses: $8 – $20/unit; Raclette Accessories: $6 to $60

Top of the Hill Nuts, Grinnell, IA

Original cinnamon-roasted nuts just like in Germany.

Offering: Roasted almonds, cashews, pecans with maple or cinnamon flavor.

Price Range: Small $5, large $8

515 Brewing Company, Clive, IA

A microbrewery in the heart of the Des Moines metro, 515 Brewing Company is known for handcrafting some of the best beers in Iowa.

Offering: 32 oz. Crowlers of a special Pastry Dunkel, exclusive to this online marketplace and a additional beers.

Price Range: $12 – $15 per crowler

Meet The Team

Margaret Townsend

Dan Johnson

Mackenzie Dierks

Abby Kessler

Mike King

Tasha Jackson

Missy Mootz

Dave Cox

Suzanne Hull

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