Savor the Flavors

A culinary tour featuring French, Swedish, Danish and German cuisine
Western Iowa – 2 days
Corning, Stanton, Elk Horn, Manning

Bonjour and bienvenue to Corning where you will be greeted by the Adams County Economic Development Corporation and begin your Savor the Flavors journey with a taste of France. Learn the unique history of the French immigrants whose “all for one and one for all” philosophy brought them to America and Adams County Iowa to establish an equalitarian community. Get a glimpse of a child of Icaria’s school day, meet and visit with an Icarian during a visit to the cemetery and le dejeune on a Piquenique Francaise.

Following your picnic lunch your group will visit a local winery and vineyard to enjoy a taste of their award winning wines while relaxing on a floating tasting room with a view of the vineyard.

Välkomna to a community that was established in the mid -1800’s by a small settlement who came from the Halland region of Sweden. The Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center is housed in an 1885 building. It relates the history of the Swedish settlement with such artifacts as a handmade loom of the 1870’s, original photographs, and a restored one room schoolhouse.

Following the tour, visitors will find samples of local Swedish delicacies, such as spritz cookies, cheeses, breads, pickled herring and perhaps some pepparkakor or ostkaka with lingonberries dished up with small-town hospitality.

The next destination will be the Danish Windmill in Elk Horn to learn the story of the Danish immigration from the mid-19th Century to the present. Sample a variety of Danish Cheeses while you learn the story of how the 1848 windmill from Nørre Snede, Denmark traveled to a small town in Iowa. Tour the VikingHjem, a 900 AD Viking smithy’s home, along with the Ebeltoft Village and the tiny Morning Star Chapel.

Following your tour and cheese tasting, travelers can check-in at one of the area hotels before savoring the flavors of authentic Danish cuisine.

Day 2

Enjoy coffee and kringle while learning about traditions carried on by later generations of Danish-Americans.

Then travel to Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park. Start your tour up the hill at the century-old Trinity Church. The church has had a “moving” experience. Visitors will view a film that’ll allow everyone to see just how this big “move” took place. Discover the German Hausbarn or bauernhaus as it would be called in Germany.

Lunch will be served at the Manning Hausbarn by the “church” ladies. The menu usually includes sandwiches, salads and dessert in the summer season. In winter, we sometimes go with hot dishes. Pickled beets, sauerkraut salad, egg salad, German chocolate cake, beer and sauerkraut, and fudge cupcakes with beer frosting are some of the delights you might savor.

Finally, visit a local farmstead, which is on the National Register of Historic places. Tourists will be able to wander all over the farmstead and hear stories of the first owners and how it lasted almost 100 years.

Following the farmstead tour, visitors will pack up and head for home.


Farm-To-Table Tour

Central Iowa– 2 days

Des Moines, Urbandale

Iowa feeds the world! On this tour, learn where your food comes and watch it through the stages of production to your fork. Whether you’re a foodie, an agriculturalist or an interested consumer… this is for you!

Day 1

Visit a corn, soybean or cattle farm. Learn from the farmers where your food comes from and the importance of the process. Not able to fit a farm tour in your schedule, have the farmer come to you! The Greater Des Moines CVB will help you coordinate the details so whether at a restaurant or your hotel, you get the full experience.

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates- Catch an educational tour to learn the history of the World Food Prize, as well as Norman Borlaug’s lifelong passion to feeding the world.

Dine at a local restaurant that serves local food! May we suggest…

  • Home to the first 100% compostable restaurants in Iowa! Local meats and greens. Organic, antibiotic and hormone free beef and free-range poultry. Fry in 100% trans-fat free canola oil.
  • With an evolving daily menu, they feature the finest of Iowa ingredients while supporting local farmers. Grass-fed beef, lamb and pasture-raised chicken and duck. Approximately 90% of their ingredients come from local farms.
  • Group friendly, gourmet meals in a French, bistro style fare. They are a great location for a reasonable, two/three course meal or a 5 course tasting experience.
  • For smaller groups, a locally-owned casual, yet modern bistro and bar with a focus on fresh, seasonal and local ingredients.
  • This farm-themed restaurant’s motto is “Dedicated to the American Farmer”. From an Iowa Chop to Maytag Blue Cheese, you won’t go hungry here!

Tour one of the only plants in the world producing sprayers, cotton pickers and tillage equipment for John Deere or learn from one of the leaders in agriculture why precision farming is so important to feeding the world at the Monsanto Learning Center.

Wrap up the afternoon with a visit to a local shop that serves over 100 Artisan and Farmhouse Cheeses. Enjoy in their Cheese Tasting Bar, craft beer and wine or cured meats with the proprietor. Make this a stop with your group as they peruse the area shops.

Day 2

Today we’ll visit the worldwide headquarters of a life science company that develops specialty ingredients for the global feed and food industries as well as the health, nutrition and beauty markets. Learn how these ingredients help solve hunger, reduce food waste and improve nutrition and health of people and pets. (*Note: tours available on a limited basis and aimed toward student and/or groups with specific interests in ag-science, personal care, pet food or dietary supplements.)

Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market – If you are in town on a Saturday from 7am-Noon, May – October, visit one of the top 5 farmers markets in the country! Producers from 58 counties in Iowa are represented.

Find out how it was done way back in the “old days” at Living History Farms, a one-of-a-kind self-guided tour through 300 years of agricultural history. Discover America’s agricultural heritage as you walk through three working farms – each with authentic crops and livestock. Next, stop by the 1875 town of Walnut Hill, a bustling Iowa town with 14 shops and businesses including a general store, blacksmith shop, print shop, drug store, implement warehouse and two Victorian homes, including the Flynn Country Home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Historical interpreters work at each of the farms, homes and shops are ready to show you the ways of everyday life in the past. Take time for afternoon tea or arrange for your group to enjoy an historic dinner.


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