Food & Beverage

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022 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, 2022 Glühwein commemorative mugs and select merchandise.

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

Price Range: $3 – $6

Pre-Sale: Bottles of Glühwein, 2022 Glühwein commemorative mugs, select merchandise.

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

Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt, Des Moines, IA

Support Iowa European Cultural Connection, the non-profit that produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines, with the purchase of a German-style Brat.


German-Style Grilled Bratwurst. This is a large, traditionally spiced bratwurst, produced by Edgewood Locker in Edgewood, Iowa. Served in a toasted bun.

Price Range: $5 – $6

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 – $12

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

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 – $46

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

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 – $40

Ruhland’s Strudel Haus, St. Paul, MN

Delicious, hand-made, fresh-baked sweet and savory strudel and more!

Offering: STRUDEL (Apple, Strawberry Rhubarb, Reuben, Spinach Feta) Pulled Pork Sand. Pretzels, Hot Drinks, Cold drinks

Price Range: $8 – $10


German Taste, West Des Moines, IA

Offering: Original German Currywurst, German Bratwurst

Price Range: $5

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 – $350

Pre-Sale:, 712-764-7472,

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

Price Range: $6 – $12

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

Fritz Toffee Company, Ames, IA

Fritz Toffee Company

Offering: Toffee

Price Range: $10 – $30

Sweet Treats, Jewell, IA

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

Price Range: $5

Swede Point Creamery, Madrid, IA

Swede Point Scandinavian Christmas! Locally produced goat milk lotions and soaps Swedish cookies, kringla, leather stocking stuffers and much more!

Offering: Goat milk soaps and goat milk lotions, Swedish made cheeses, Swedish meatballs, glogg mix, lingonberry drink concentrate, jams and jellies (lingonberry, aronia berry jam, blueberry lime jam, apple butter, etc). kringla, kaffee, Wish cookies, sugar cookies, spritz cookies, hand knitted hats, gnome bottle toppers and rye crisp crackers.

Price Range: $5 – $100

Pre-Sale: 515-231-5900

Sticky Fingers, West Des Moines, IA

Offering: Sweet crepes: strawberry and cream, blueberry, dark chocolate raspberry and banana caramel. Savory crepes: egg white spinach and veggies with cheese, Steak Mushroom spinach with cheese, Bacon egg and cheese. Mediterranean crepes: caramelized onion and spinach olives and garlic w feta cheese

Price Range: $5 – $15

Culinary Nomad DSM, West Des Moines, IA

Culinary Nomad DSM focusing on northern Italian food!


Porchetta sandwich:
Roasted pork belly with fennel and herbs, balsamic roasted onions, arugula and garlic aioli on ciabatta.

Bolognese Arancini:
Bolognese stuffed rice balls with mozzarella fried in Panko bread crumbs and served with marinara sauce. (Vegetarian option available)

Ricotta Zeppole:
Italian fried donuts tossed in Maple sugar

Cookie Butter Cannoli: Biscoff Cookie butter whipped with mascarpone and ricotta, dipped in Biscoff crumbs

Gianduja Hot Chocolate:
Hazelnut flavored hot chocolate

Big Mama’s Bistro, Granger, IA

Big Mama’s Bistro will be joining in on the German fun with a special menu!

Offering: Fasnacht, Kohl Und Hackfleisch over potatoes and Kartoffelsuppe

Hot Off The Presses, West Des Moines, IA

Food Truck

Offering: Truffled Raclette Grilled Cheese, Schweinebraten Sandwich, Basic Grilled Cheese, Tomato Basil Bisque

Price Range: $7-$12

Hotsy Totsy, Urbandale, IA

Hotsy Totsy, Fastest, Freshest & Funnest food truck transformed into Bavarian creations with tots!

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

Price Range: $7-$12

FIKA, Des Moines, IA

FIKA – Authentic Swedish Bakery offering Vegan and Gluten Friendly options. Serving up delicious Swedish Christmas cakes. Fika is a Swedish word meaning to take a coffee and pastry break.

Offering: Swedish Christmas cakes in various specialty flavors, such as – sweet bitter almond, saffron, cardamom with orange and almond paste, lingonberry with chocolate. Menu will change daily. Gluten Friendly and Vegan options available. Glögg (mulled wine) scented holiday candles.

Price Range: $8-$20

Meet The Team

Sable Joseph

Kayla Garvin

Marissa Johnson

Marty Boesenberg

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.