Events

BySuzanne Hull

European Cultural Heritage “Meet-Up”

Enjoy the fellowship of a diverse group of European Cultural Heritage Organizations for a “Meet-Up” at Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Meet in Yuletide Hall (an outdoor, forced-air heated entertainment tent) as you sip on Glühwein, enjoy a seasonal craft beer or nosh on bratwurst.

 

 

Represent your European Cultural Heritage Organization to the Des Moines community with your traditional attire, beer steins, and Glühwein mugs as you get to know other cultural heritage organizations in Central Iowa.

 


Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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BySuzanne Hull

Afternoon Tea Along the River

Take afternoon tea like a Londoner here in Des Moines!

Afternoon Tea Along the River is a British tea event in an elegant setting with views of the Des Moines River. Tickets are $50 each, including ticketing fees. All proceeds will go towards the production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017, the Des Moines European Heritage Association’s signature event and the city’s only German-inspired Christmas market. Gather your friends and don your fancy hats for a memorable afternoon!

Entertainment to be announced.

When: Sunday, September 23 from 2 – 4pm

Where: The Riverwalk Hub, 215 Water St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Get your tickets on Eventbrite!

BySuzanne Hull

Christmas in July Full Moon Ride Wrap Up

Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) partnered with Flat Tire Lounge, Nite Hawk Bar & Grill, and Whistlin’ Donkey Sports Bar and Grill for an evening ride along the High Trestle Trail on July 28 from 4-8pm.

Riding in either direction, riders stopped at each of these participating bars to enjoy live music, European games, Christmas decorations and a costume contest!

Donations to participate in the European games and silent auction, will support DMEHA’s production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018.

Thanks to Gail’s Photography & Designs for the photos!

BySuzanne Hull

Christmas in July Full Moon Ride

Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) is partnering with Flat Tire Lounge, Nite Hawk Bar & Grill, and Whistlin’ Donkey Sports Bar and Grill for games and an evening ride along the High Trestle Trail on July 28th.

Riding in either direction, stop at each of these participating bars to enjoy live music, European games, Christmas decorations and a costume contest! Games will be available to play from 4-8 pm at each bar!

Post your pictures to our event page with #christmasinjulyDSM to be entered in for the costume contest!

With your donations to participate in the European games, you will be supporting DMEHA’s production of the Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 . Get your team together and come out for a great time and to support our annual community event.

Helmet and bike lights required to ride!

BySuzanne Hull

European Amazing Race presented by Des Moines European Heritage Association

Celebrate European heritage and culture in the heart of downtown Des Moines!

During the Des Moines European Heritage Association’s European Amazing Race, follow clues (on foot and by driving yourselves in either teams of two or four) that will lead you to several downtown Des Moines locations while participating in challenges and activities that will help you learn about European heritage and culture.

Adults and children 12 and over are ticketed, children 11 and under are free. Bring your smartphone to take pictures and wear comfortable shoes!

A prize will be awarded to the winning team. The winning team will be determined based on race completion time and if the challenges were successfully executed.

Click here to Register!

Registration closes June 6, 2018 at midnight. You may not register on site.

DATE: June 9, 2018

TIME: 1pm – 4pm

START/END LOCATION: Capitol Square (400 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309)

FEES: $30 for a team of two / $60 for a team of four

Click here to Register!

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket DSM Mug Unveiling Party a Huge Success

Several people were the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2018 Glühwein mug design at Jasper Winery on Tuesday, April 17.

They sipped the signature drink (warm mulled wine) while shopping a mini market featuring foods and handcrafted items from Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 vendors. The first 25 attendees to donate $25 (or more) to guarantee their 2018 mug received a goody bag. Make your donation today!

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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BySuzanne Hull

European Classics at Le Jardin a Huge Success!

Huge thank you to the Le Jardin team for hosting a three-course European Classics dinner on Thursday, March 22 again this year to help raise funds for Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018!

Several specialty dishes were prepared by chef Tag Grandgeorge. He also talked about his European experiences and how they influenced the food.

Thank you to #CDM2018 sponsor Gail’s Photography and Designs who was on hand to take photos. Check out all the fun we had:

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket DSM Mug Unveiling Party

Be one of the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2018 Glühwein mug design at Jasper Winery on Tuesday, April 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Sip the signature drink (warm mulled wine) while shopping a mini market featuring foods and handcrafted items from Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 vendors. Other Jasper wines and Madhouse beer will also be available for purchase.

The first 25 attendees to donate $25 (or more) to guarantee their 2018 mug will receive a goody bag. A limited quantity of commemorative mugs are ordered each year. The mug design will be revealed at 6:30 p.m.

Feeling festive? Bring your own Glühwein mug (0.2 liters) from a past Christmas market.

Admission is free; donations accepted.

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Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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BySuzanne Hull

European Classics Presented by Le Jardin, March 22, 2018

Enjoy European Classics at Le Jardin on Thursday, March 22. Choose from several specialty dishes prepared by chef Tag Grandgeorge. Chef Tag will talk about his culinary experiences and how they influenced the food.

The cost is $35 per person. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Des Moines European Heritage Association. Call Le Jardin at 515-255-5787 to reserve a table. Limited seating available, so call in your reservation as soon as possible. Bon appétit!

Seating Times: 5:30pm, 5:45pm and 6pm

 

 

Menu:

Soup or Salad du Jour
Mixed greens, cucumbers, pickled onions, black olives, feta cheese, mustard vinaigrette

Potato & Leek Soup: Cream, parsley, dill, Lardons, chili oil

Entrée’s
Cabbage Roll: Beef and pork stuffed cabbage rolls, roasted mirepoix, garlicky sweet and sour tomato sauce

Sour Cream Potato Pierogi: Chicken, caramelized onions, broth, crème fraiche

Vinegar Chicken: Tarragon vinegar chicken thighs, buttermilk black pepper grits, bacon, raisins, onions, cherry tomatoes, spinach

Desserts
Homemade Apple Fritter Black walnut ice cream, caramel

Sachertorte & Schlag Viennesse chocolate torte, whipped cream, berry coulis

Please note: The $35 fee includes a three-course meal. Beverages will be available for purchase. Tax and a 20 percent service gratuity will be applied to the final bill.

Photography Sponsor: Gails Photography & Designs

 


 

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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BySuzanne Hull

St. Nick’s Christkindlbier Furkin Tapping

We had a great time working with Confluence Brewing Company to create our very own Christkindlmarket Des Moines beer called St. Nick’s Christkindlbier.

We’ll be tapping a furkin keg at Christkindlmarket Des Moines on December 1 at noon on our outdoor stage. Be one of the first to try this spiced beer just in time for the holidays!

 

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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