If you love food as much as I do, then you're gonna love all the food festivals happening here in Eastern Iowa this summer! Here are some of the great events you can enjoy:

Houby Days

  • Friday, May 13th through Sunday, May 15th
  • Czech Village, Cedar Rapids
  • "Celebrate Czech and Slovak traditions as well seeing what new Czech Village has to offer. We will have live music and entertainment, food and craft vendors, classes, costume walk, and of course Kolaches! There will also be a Fun Run sponsored by SOKO."

Mac & Cheese Fest Dubuque

  • Thursday, May 19th
  • Grand River Center, Dubuque
  • "Foodies and craft beer lovers unite to taste more than 20 varieties of mac & cheese paired with over 50 craft beers."
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Center Point Pork Days

  • Thursday, June 2nd through Saturday, June 4th
  • Downtown Center Point
  • Featuring food, drinks, games, and live music

Strawberry Days Festival

  • Friday, June 10th & Saturday, June 11th
  • Downtown Strawberry Point
  • "The festival features activities like a 5K, live entertainment, parade, games, carnival, tractor and truck pull, and free strawberries and ice cream, along with many other family fun oriented activities."

Kolach Festival

  • Saturday, June 11th & Sunday, June 12th
  • St. Ludmila Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids
  • Featuring food, drinks, games, live music, rides, raffles, a silent auction, and more

Wurst Festival

  • Saturday, June 18th
  • Amana Colonies
  • "At the Market Barn area, in the center of the village of Amana, you will find local sausage vendors, beer, drinks, desserts, and sides. Wurst Festival features different types of brats, sausage creations, and more things meat!"
  • Also featuring yard games, competitions, Wurst University, live music, and more

Blues & BBQ

  • Saturday, July 9th
  • Centennial Park, North Liberty
  • Featuring food, drinks, live music, family activities, and more

Solon Beef Days

  • Friday, July 15th & Saturday, July 16th
  • Downtown Solon
  • Featuring food, drinks, live music, tournaments, children's activities, a parade, a fun run, and more

Elkader Sweet Corn Days

  • Thursday, July 28th through Sunday, July 31st
  • Downtown Elkader
  • Featuring food, drinks, live music, fireworks, a carnival, a parade, tournaments/contests, and more

Bacon-N-Hops Fest

  • Saturday, August 6th
  • Delaware County Fairgrounds, Manchester
  • Featuring food, drinks, and live music

St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival

  • Friday, August 12th through Sunday, August 14th
  • St. Jude Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids
  • Featuring food, drinks, live entertainment, a carnival, a bags tournament, and more
  • $5 daily admission for ages 11 to 59

Lisbon Sauerkraut Days

  • Thursday, August 18th through Sunday, August 20th
  • Downtown Lisbon
  • Featuring food, drinks, children's activities, a car show, a 5k, a parade, carnival rides, live music, and more

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Now that spring is here, patio season is right around the corner! With the help of Eastern Iowans in the Deetz - Let's Support Local! Facebook group, I put together a list of 30 awesome patios in the area where you can dine and/or drink when the weather gets warmer. Here are some of the popular places!

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