Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage

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Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 Food & Beverage Vendors


Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt

Support Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA), the non-profit that produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines with a purchase from this stand.

Offering: Usinger Brats, Käse Spätzle and bottled water

Price Range: $1 – $5


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.

“Young European” (Glühwein or Kiderpunsch + Stonecastle Verak Brandy)
“The Krampus” (Glühwein or Kinderpunsch + Amaretto Liqueur)
“The Strudl” (Glühwein or Kinderpunsch + Apple Liqueur)
“At the Market” (Glühwein or Kinderpunsch + Orange Liqueur)

Iowa Beer Bus

L&L European Delight, Chariton, IA

Ukrainian style foods, gifts and desserts

Offering: Perogie, pelmeni, cabbage rolls, candy, sweets

Price Range: $1 – $10


Chocolaterie Stam, Des Moines, IA

Fine European chocolates and confections.

Offering: hot chocolate, prepacked chocolates, stroopwafels handmade, speculaas

Price Range: $3 – $40


Top of the Hill Nuts, Grinnell, IA

Offering: Cinnamon or maple flavored roasted almonds, cashews, pecans

Price Range: $5 – $8



Sugarplums Cakes and Confections, LLC, Altoona, IA

Sugarplums is a local bakery that specializes in traditional gingerbread and other European baked goods for the Christkindlmarket. Everything we sell is made completely from scratch from family recipes.

Offering: German Gingerbread and cookies. Lebkuchen, pfeffernuss, springerle, spritz, spicy pretzels, cupcakes, sugar cookies, gingerbread houses , sentiment hearts and scotch-a-roo Santas.
Price Range: $2 – $40

Ruhland’s Strudel Haus, St. Paul, MN

Fresh baked sweet and savory strudels, handmade pretzels

Offering: Strudels and pretzels, Hot drinks, ​Rindergulash on a Hoagie roll with sour cream and spicy sweet pickles.
Price Range: $5 – $8

K & S Kitchen LLC, Des Moines, IA

French Style Crepes with a sweet or savory filling

Offering: Crepes with either a sweet or savory filling
Price Range: $5 – $7

The Kringle Man (Village Cafe), Elk Horn, IA

The Kringle is made of very high quality dough folded and buttered 81 times to get all the lightness and air pockets associated with Danish Baking. We blend Almond Paste with all our Fruit to come up with an irresistible, melt in your mouth flavor.

Offering: Danish Kringle, Letters, Cream Horns Krispies, Turnovers
Price Range: $2 – $12

The Big Red Food Truck, Granger, IA

Offering: Beef and Lamb Gyro, Brats and Tots, Irish Stew, Wienershnitzel, a British Bacon Butty Sandwich, and English Breakfast Tots
Price Range: $5 – $10


The Danish Table :: Hygge Kitchen ::, Elk Horn, IA

Offering: Aebleskiver (Danish Doughnuts), Frikkideller (Danish Meatballs), Danish Polser (Danish Hot Dogs)
Price Range: $6 – $15

Kids in the Hall, West Des Moines, IA

Offering: Knackwurst, Weisswurst, Currywurst, Schnitzel, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Creamed Spinach, Wurstplatte, Curry Frites, Brezel with Beer Cheese

Price Range: $4 – $12

Hot Lunch, Granger, IA

Offering: Fasnacht, Kohl und Hackfleisch over potatoes, coffee and kartoffelsuppe

Price Range: $3 – $8

Meet The Team

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.