The Kitchen on the Iowa State Fairgrounds

Take the guesswork out of choosing and preparing the perfect cut of beef or pork. Making the Cuts: Preparing Your Own Farm-to-Table Meal will take place at The Kitchen on the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 20.

Participants will learn how choosing local will soon be made easier with the help of Choose Iowa, the state's new signature brand for Iowa grown, Iowa raised and Iowa made products. Hear from Ty Gustafson, owner of the Story City Locker, on his direct-to-consumer processing and how it is as farm-to-table as meat can get. Meet Joe Brewer, a local cattle and hog farmer, who will tell how his fifth-generation family farm sells direct to consumers, and enjoy a meal sourced locally by Andrea Love of Dinner Delights. Take home new recipes and confidence in choosing the most amazing local food. To cap off this farm-to-table experience, participants will get the chance to grill their own steak!

Making the Cuts: Preparing Your Own Farm-to-Table Meal

Saturday, April 20, 2024

11 a.m.

$45 per person

(limit of 50 participants)

The class is open to participants of any age. Class will be approximately 90 minutes.

Presented by Choose Iowa, Story City Locker, Brewer Family Farms, LLC. and Dinner Delights.

For more information and to register, visit

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During the Fair, The Kitchen, located in Maytag Family Theaters, is a popular demonstration kitchen for anything from cuts of meat to barbecue, cake decorating, charcuterie, and cooking with honey. From November through April, stay tuned for interactive, educational, and fun cooking classes for all skill levels. Learn from local experts, using local products. Look for special events throughout the year until the 2024 Iowa State Fair, August 8-18.