The 8th Annual Swine Festival will be held on Saturday, June 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Ankeny Campus of Des Moines Area Community College. The festival will set up between the Iowa Culinary Institute (Building 7), the Iowa Energy Center, and the lake. The event "where cork meets pork" will feature gourmet offerings from some of the Des Moines Metro area's top chefs and samples of wines from a number of Iowa wineries. The 2014 Swine Festival will also feature live music from the acoustic cover band The Guilty Pleasures. The 2000 tickets for the event are $40 in advance, and they may be purchased online through Tikly. If the event does not sell out (last year did), any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $45. Your ticket includes one free bottle of wine of your choosing from those sold and sampled at the event and a commemorative wine glass as well. Proceeds from the event go to the Iowa Culinary Institute's viticulture and enology program. In the case of inclement weather, the festival will be moved inside DMACC's Iowa Culinary Institute.
Here is a look at some of the area food vendors and restaurants that are scheduled to appear at the 2014 Swine Festival and the dishes that they will be preparing (if available at time of publishing):
Hy-Vee Ankeny: Boulevard Bacon Ice Cream Donut Sandwich
Iowa Culinary Institute: Pork Wontons & Korean BBQ Pork Collar
Iowa Machine Shed: ???
Smokey D's BBQ: Oink Balls
Tamale's Industry: Pork Tamales
Hy-Vee Urbandale: ???
Catering DSM: Bacon and Jalapeno Corn Dog
Keller’s Breads: ???
Kippy’s Place: Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Grillers
El Bait Shop: Bacon Wrapped Smokies
High Life Lounge: Big Fork Sausage
Woody's Smoke Shack: Pork Sliders
Vom Fass: Breads and assorted oils
Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival: Cheezy Blue Ribbon Bacon Bomb
Chocolaterie Stam: Gelato
Here is a list of wineries that are scheduled to pour samples at the event (subject to change):
Breezey Hills Winery
Cedar Ridge Winery
Covered Bridges Winery
Grape Escape Winery Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits
La Vida Loca Winery
Madison County Winery
Snus Hill Winery Summerset Winery
Sutliff Cider Company
Train Wreck Winery
Two Saints Winery
Van Wijk Winery
For more information on the 2014 Swine Festival, go to the festival's website.