Choose Iowa Brunch will be enjoyed Aug 20, 2023

The Iowa State Fair will be hosting a farm-to-fork brunch highlighting seasonal and local ingredients sourced from Iowa farmers and prepared by some of the state's top chefs. The Choose Iowa Brunch, presented by Travel Iowa and Choose Iowa, will be a chance for Iowa State Fair guests to experience and learn about all things local – from meeting the farmers and enjoying the chef-crafted cuisine to listening to live music and hearing from experts about Iowa agriculture and the future of farming. This fine dining experience will feature Iowa ingredients in exclusive cocktails and a 3-course plated meal served by Iowa FFA students.

Choose Iowa Brunch – Presented by Travel Iowa and Choose Iowa

When: Sunday, August 20, 10 a.m. – noon

Where: Alliant Energy Landing – Iowa State Fair

Cost: $125 (space is limited)

*All proceeds will be donated to the Iowa FFA Foundation to support local food programming and the ProStart High School Culinary Arts Program


1st Course:

Chef Jess Baldus, Piggyback Smokeshack, Taste & The Bakery, Osage

Grilled toast, sweet corn whipped chevre, anaheim & aronia berry jam, beef bacon, pickled sweet corn, arugula

2nd Course:

Chef Kevin Scharpf, Brazen Open Kitchen, Dubuque

Pork belly, fermented sweet corn hollandaise, smoked chimichurri, chichorons, pickled Fresno

3rd Course:

Chef Richard Byrd & Chef Sean Towley, Big Grove Brewery, Des Moines

Sweet corn cake, peach preserves, candied sungold tomatoes, summer corn and herb creme anglaise, maple bacon honeycomb

*Common ingredient: Iowa sweet corn


Mixologist: Carl Busch, Hotel Julien, Dubuque

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About the Choose Iowa Program

Finding local foods grown, raised and made in Iowa is easier now through the Choose Iowa Program. Choose Iowa combines the prestige of Iowa's global agricultural reputation with the entrepreneurial ingenuity that exists in all 99 counties. Foods with the Choose Iowa brand meet or exceed minimum criteria to be part of the brand so consumers can purchase with confidence. Taste the freshness while supporting your neighbors and local community! Find local foods at