Hungry? Head to the Iowa Eats Festival in Waterloo

Des Moines native Moe Cason’s passion for barbecue has led him through 260 contests across 35 states and on to stardom on several TV cook-off shows. Photo: Hy-Vee.

A new event is setting the table in Waterloo. Chefs, authors, artisans and others will offer up their food, beverages, ag products and more at the inaugural Iowa Eats Festival on April 1 at the Waterloo Convention Center.

Guests will be able to eat, drink and enjoy their way through various tastings, product demonstrations and live entertainment. Festivalgoers will have a chance to attend classes led by foodie experts like barbecue pitmaster Moe Cason, who grew up in Des Moines, and a panel of chefs that includes James Beard Award nominees George Formaro of Orchestrate Hospitality in Des Moines and Aaron Hall from the Local Crumb in Mount Vernon. Session topics range from Iowa beer and wine pairings to cooking with Iowa-grown products.

Tickets are $10 per person and include food and beverage samples. Find more info on vendors, classes and speakers at


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