Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 Food & Beverage Vendors


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.

Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt

Enjoy a 1/4 lb, coarse-ground, German–style pork bratwurst grilled to perfection.

Usinger’s produces many kinds of sausages and meats, in many cases using traditional 19th-century recipes provided by its founder, Fred Usinger of Wehen, Germany. The family-owned company, now in it’s fourth generation, continues to live its slogan of providing “America’s Finest Sausage”.

Offering: Usinger’s Bratwurst, bottled water

Price Range: $1 – $5


Iowa Beer Bus







L&L European Delight, Chariton, IA

Ukrainian style foods, gifts and desserts

Offering: Perogies, cabbage Rolls, pelmeni, baked goods,,candy

Price Range: $2 – $10






Brunkow Cheese of Wisconsin, Darlington, WI

Our unique Wisconsin Made Brun-uusto is a specialty cheese made to be served warm. Brun-uusto caramelizes and keeps it shape, becoming a crispy, sweet and soft delicacy.

Offering: Brun-uusto Baked Cheese

Price Range:  $6 – $25





Chocolaterie Stam, Des Moines, IA

Offering: Hot chocolate, bars, prepacked boxes and fresh stroopwafels

Price Range:  $3 – $50







Top of the Hill Nuts, Grinnell, IA

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

Price Range:  $5 – $15




Curbin Cuisine, Granger, IA

State of the art, wickedly designed bright green food truck.

Offering: The Hog-Father (Butterflied Kielbasa topped w/ Pulled Pork & Bacon Sauerkraut), Käse Spätzle (German Mac n Cheese), German Potato Salad, German Skillet Dinner (slow roasted beef, potatoes, rice, onions, peppers & tomatoes w/ German seasonings), Mini fried apple pie w/ ice cream and caramel sauce, Bottled Water, Hazelnut Coffee
Price Range:  $2 – $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: Baked goods with an emphasis on gingerbread (lebkuchen, pfeffernuss, houses, sentiment hearts), Springerle, dutch letter bars, spritz, sugar cookies and scotch-a-roo Santas ( the santas are gluten free)
Price Range:  $1.50 – $40



Parlo Pizza, LLC, Des Moines, IA

Chestnuts roasted “old school style” in a wood fired oven bring an “old world flavor” to this outdoor holiday market. See the fire, smell the aroma, taste this quintessential wintertime delicacy.

Offering: Roasted chestnuts
Price Range:  To be determined


Ruhland’s Strudel Haus, Eagan, MN

Hand made, fresh baked strudel and pretzels.

Offering: Apple Strudel with Whipped Cream, Strawberry Rhubarb Strudel with Whipped Cream, Spinach Feta Artichoke Heart Strudel with Hummus, Reuben Strudel with Thousand Island Dressing, Hot Chocolate, Hot Cider, Hot Coffee, Hot Pretzels with beer cheese sauce or whole grain mustard
Price Range:  $5 – $7



Karam’s Mediterranean Grill, West Des Moines, IA

Offering: Greek salad gyro plate, chicken shawarma plate, combo plate, falafel plate, lamb & beef gyro, fries, homemade sweet baklava, Coke, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew
Price Range:  $3 – $12



Mucky Duck Pub, Ames, IA

Offering: Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, Irish Stew, Burgers, Poutine, Christmas Pudding, Hot Apple Pie, Mince Meat Pies, Hot Tea and Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Soda

Price Range:  $2 – $15






Machine Shed Food Truck, Urbandale, IA

Offering: Reibekuchen, Sautéed/marinated mushrooms w/ crostini, Swedish meatballs, half apple dumpling (Machine Shed favorite)
Price Range:  $2-$9

Salt and Pretzel, Co., Ames, IA

Offering: Sausages, pretzels, kolaches, bread loafs
Price Range:

JKafé, Urbandale, IA

Offering: Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and a coffee mocha
Price Range:$3 – $4



Meet The Team

Abby Kessler

Perry Wehrle

Mike King

Allison Ver Steegt

Tasha Jackson

Betsy Penisten

Michael Mendenhall

Missy Mootz

Dave Cox

“G” (Gintare) Kelley

Carissa Stout

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.