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    Silos & Smokestacks brings new food festival to downtown Waterloo

    Waterloo, IOWA – Silos & Smokestacks is bringing a brand new event to Waterloo the first Saturday in April, the Iowa Eats Food & Drink Festival.

    Featuring all Iowa food, beverages, chefs, and artisans, the festival is the first of its kind to be held in eastern Iowa.

    “Silos & Smokestacks’ mission is to tell the agriculture story.  We want everyone to know how important agriculture is to their daily lives,” said Cara Miller, executive director for Silos & Smokestacks. “What better way to highlight that than showcase Iowa agriculture, food and drink products. Everyone eats!”

    Attendees will enjoy food and beverage tastings, cooking and product demonstrations, live entertainment and more. Tickets are $10 per person and include food and beverage samples. Children five and under are free. And, children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees must be 21 and have a valid ID for sampling or purchasing alcoholic beverages. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase.

    “I am really excited about the opportunity Iowa Eats will give some of the smaller ‘mom and pop’ businesses to highlight their great products,” said Miller. “Not only will it grow their businesses, but will help Iowans see they don’t have to go far to get quality food and beverages.”

    In addition to visiting exhibitor booths, festival-goers will have the opportunity to attend classes led by food and beverage industry experts, authors, and local celebrities. Sessions will range from Iowa beer and wine pairings, to cooking with Iowa-grown products.

    “This is a vibrant part of Iowa and we want people to know there is great food, drink and fun to have in this region,” said Miller. “We also know there are a lot of folks with wonderful Iowa products to share.”

    To become a vendor, give a cooking demonstration, partner with Iowa Eats or to buy your tickets, visit


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