Take a Bite: A Three Day Food Festival April 20-22, 2018

April 22, 2018

622 46th Ave, Amana, IA 52203

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Upcoming Events Description

If love to eat and drink the Amana Colonies have the perfect event for you. The Amana Colonies present their Foodies Dream Festival — Take a Bite: A Three Day Food Festival from April 20th through April 22nd.

The Amana Colonies, well known for their great food, wine and beer, will be celebrating both traditional Amana items and more international foods.  Take a Bite is designed to reach all types of “foodies” with educational seminars, hands on cooking classes and demonstrations, food sampling, and special dinners to enjoy.



Village Walking Tour and Communal Dinner

Communal Kitchen Museum (1003 26th Ave, Middle Amana) Tour 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm

Participate in Amana’s original dining experience at the Communal Kitchen Museum.   Enjoy traditional Amana recipes and a short program. A village walking tour begins at 5:30pm and Dinner will be served at 6:30pm.  Cost is $25 per person and reservations and prepayment are required*. Call 319-622-3567 or email amanaheritage@southslope.net.  Purchase tickets on our online store at www.amanaheritage.org.

Around the world Specialties

Ronneburg Restaurant: 6:00pm.

The evening features special dishes from Indian cuisine with a special guest speaker Mani Singh, the owner of the Guest House. Chef Vita will introduce several Czech traditional and contemporary entrees.  Several Mediterranean dishes will also be introduced. The guest will be able to sample our own version of Rouladen and Sauerbraten. The owner of the Fireside and Ackerman wineries will discuss their art of wine making. Great food served with delicious wine!  Invite your friends to a great evening of fun! Please make your reservation soon.  622-3641 Tickets are $30.00




PHAT Daddy’s: 5pm- 8pm

A fantastic all you care to eat pizza buffet and salad bar. Cost is $16 per person; Kids 12 & under are $8.


Vintners Dinner: April in Paris

White Cross Cellars and Ox Yoke Inn®: 6pm.

Enjoy a 5 course themed meal complete with wine pairing. A Certified Specialist of Wine will guide you through this fun and tasty evening that includes French specialties with the theme of “April in Paris”.  The dinner includes locally crafted wines paired with each course.  $55/person (includes tax but not gratuity) Reservations are required, call 319-622-3441* for tickets. Menu maybe viewed at www.oxyokeinn.com.



Sunday Brunch “Special Edition”

Ox Yoke Inn ®: 9am-1pm.

The Ox Yoke’s famous Sunday brunch featuring some New Orleans specialties including; Jambalaya with Andouille and Shrimp, Cornmeal Catfish and Hush Puppies, Red Beans and Rice Risotto and Skillet Potatoes.  A “Take a Bite” special edition of our Sunday Brunch.

 Tea and Tales

 Zuber’s Homestead Hotel (Homestead): 1pm-2:30pm.

Enjoy a 3 course afternoon tea while you listen to two storytellers sharing stories about the “event” of taking tea and about Amana life with a focus on food. Seating begins at 12:30pm. $18/person plus tax. Limited seating.   Reservations are required call 319-622-3911*

Take A Sip: Beer/Wine Dinner

Millstream Brau Haus: 5:30pm

As you tour through this specially planned 5 course meal you will learn from the cook, brewery & winery owners about each course and complementing beer that has been expertly paired together.  You will enjoy different courses made with different beers and wines.  And you will enjoy a Millstream Brewery beer and Fireside Winery wine paired with each course.  Sure to please all palates this dinner is for everyone!  $40/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.  Call 319-622-7332.  View menu at www.millstreambrewing.com on their events page.


Seminars and Hands on Demonstrations


Beer Pretzel Making

Millstream Brau Haus: 5pm.

Step into the kitchen and learn how to make beer pretzels.  Mix, roll, bake, and eat delicious pretzels.  Only $7/person.  Call 319-622-7332 to reserve your spot.

Lunch & Learn Currywurst & Cream Puff Demo

Amana Meat Shop: 2pm.

We will show you how to make these two German Specialties, Currywurst from Berlin and classic Cream Puffs. Then you’ll get to eat them for lunch.  Only $10/person, Seating is limited call 319-622-7586 to reserve your place.



Winery Tour

Ackerman Winery (at 1755 P Ave, Marengo, Iowa  52301) 11am.

Tour our winery and learn how wine is made. Free


Meet the Pasta Maker

Heritage Haus: 1pm-4pm.

Pasta of the Prairie from Marion, Iowa will be at the store sampling their homemade pasta and soups.


Mixology Class

Ackerman Winery: 1pm.

Create your own cocktails with Fireside and Ackerman wines. Supplies provided. Cost $5/per person, no registration needed.


Beer 101

Millstream Brewing: 2pm-3pm.

This informative and interactive beer tasting class is led by Brew master Chris Priebe.  You’ll be guided through a tasting of a variety of beers with instructions on the difference in styles, AVBs, IBUs, flavor profiles and all the fun stuff you need to know when tasting beer. $5/person includes souvenir tasting glass.


Lunch and Learn Beef Rouladen & Sauerkraut Strudel Demo

Amana Meat Shop: 2PM. 

Learn how to make the classic German dish of Beef Rouladen and a new recipe for a savory strudel.  Then you’ll get to eat them for lunch.  Only $15/person, Seating is limited call 319-622-7586 to reserve your place.


Cheese and Wine Pairing

Ackerman: 3pm.

Experience six unique cheese and wine pairings. Cost $5/per person, no registration needed.



Winery Tour

Ackerman Winery (at 1755 P Ave, Marengo, Iowa  52301): 12:30pm.

Tour our winery and learn how wine is made. Free


Lunch and Learn Filled Noodles & Applesauce Demo

Amana Meat Shop: 2PM.

Learn how to make the classic Amana dish of filled noodles and apple sauce.  Then you’ll get to eat them for lunch.  Only $10/person, Seating is limited call 319-622-7586 to reserve your place.


Cheese and Wine Discovery

White Cross Cellars: Noon-3pm.

Learn how different cheese pair with each wine.  This self discovery tasting will have you looking at wine and cheese in a completely different light.  FREE



Sampling Stroll

Friday-Sunday Sampling Stroll-11am-4pm.  Purchases a Passport for $2 go to 4 shops in each group.  Return the completed passport to the Visitor Center and the first 350 receive a logo wine/beer glass


  • Ackerman Winery
  • Amana Coffee and Tea
  • Amana General Store
  • Chocolate Haus
  • Heritage Haus
  • Sandstone Winery
  • Village Store and Fudge Factory


Group 2

  • Amana Meat Shop
  • Broom and Basket Shop (WestAmana)
  • Millstream Brewery
  • Millstream Brau Haus
  • Neuhaus Kaffee
  • Schanz Furniture (South Amana)
  • Village Winery
  • White Cross Cellars


Progressive Lunch: 11:30am.

This Progressive Lunch takes you to 4 iconic food stops in Amana while you enjoy a four course lunch. A guide provides the Amana history as you make your way to each stop.  Beginning at the Amana Visitor Center the tour proceeds to the Amana Meat Shop for cheese and sausage samples, then on to the Ox Yoke for family style salads.  Next, it’s a short walk to the Ronneburg for the main course and then finally down the street to Millstream Brau Haus for Cream Puffs. $29/person.  Limited to 20 people. Call 319-622-7622 to purchase your ticket.*


2018 Special Samplings

Wine and Beer Sampling-all day at our 5 wineries and Brewery.


Neuhaus Kaffee

Friday and Saturday: Sampling of Iced Mocha Latte using a chocolate ganache made from 70% cocoa (fair trade and organic), distilled water and organic sugar cane.


Schanz Furniture & Refinish Shop, South Amana

Friday and Saturday:

“CHERRY Oatmeal Bars & Raspberry WALNUT Shortbread”


Broom & Basket/Giant Rocker, West Amana

Friday and Saturday

Sampling “Fruit Pastries”


Heritage Haus

Saturday and Sunday from 10am-12pm we will be sampling Wine and Waffles featuring a Fireside Wine cocktail and Iowa Made syrups


Ackerman Winery

Saturday 2pm: Sample our homemade Wine Shake


Heritage Haus

Sunday: we will have a gourmet popcorn bar available using Pickle Creek Herb infused olive oils as seasoning.​