June 9th in The District at Prairie Trail — Noon to 11pm.
It’s an entire festival dedicated to showcasing pizza!
Pizza Fest is the culmination of two fabulous years of Fong’s Fest, celebrated at the corner of SW Main Street and SW Vintage Parkway, as The District was just getting started. This year, our presenting sponsor — Fong’s Pizza — along with multiple local pizzerias and the businesses in The District have kicked it up to another level.
Get your tickets in advance tikly.co/events/2770
Yes! There will be lots of kids activities all afternoon from noon to 4pm + Live Music on the Main Stage + Beer Garden and Tiki Hut
FREE Activities include:
Carnival style games with prizes like Pepperoni Ring Toss.
The Des Moines Children’s Museum will be unveiling their new Under the Big Top traveling exhibit here at Pizza Fest. Step right up! join the circus! Juggle, walk on stilts, spin plates, walk the balance beam, show off your strength. Put on a show for friends and family. Under the Big Top is all about the magic of the circus, the imagination of children, and taking on new challenges.
Fitness Corner will be busy spot. And so will the Obstacle Course, provided by The Dance Group & New Visions Dance. Look for the SWAG!
Face Painting with three artists on site.
Balloon artist will be walking the grounds.
There will be a Henna Tattoo artist here, too. Body art that is fun (and temporary).
AR Workshop* is providing a fun painting activity under the tent. Will it be a pizzeria puzzle? Pepperoni painting? You’ll have to wait and see!
Fong’s will be back with their ‘create your own pizza’ where kids get to make and eat* their own pizza the Fongolian way!
*small fee for these two kids activities.
3:30pm — Central Iowa Music Lab will perform on the street. James Bien the owner of CIML, offers music lessons for youth. His advanced students have created a band and will perform for us at Pizza Fest.
4:30pm — Kids get a chance to compete in the Pizza Dough Tossing Contest. One of Fong’s Master Pizza Dough Tossers will be guiding our contestants through the process of making a fresh pizza crust and ten competing for the best tossing techniques. The grand prize winner receives a $300 gift card for the new B&B Movie Theatre and bowling alley opening soon in The District.
BEST of THE FEST!
Our pizzerias will be competing in the Pizza Park to be named the BEST of the FEST. Get ready to taste test a slice from each of these fun-loving pizzeria favorites!
Leaning Tower of Pizza
Plus, our very own restaurants in The District are in on the pizza competition too. Imagine what pizza creations they have to win your vote!
District 36 Wine Bar & Grille
Jethro’s BBQ Lakehouse
Here’s how it works:
Each attendee will receive 3 tickets upon arrival at the festival. Stroll through the Pizza Park and sample your favorites. Then cast your vote. Later in the evening, the Best of the Fest pizzeria will be announced. You could fill up on the $1 samples, but just in case, each vendor will have full slices and other options available, too.
Live Entertainment on the Main Stage begins at 5pm
Local country favorite, Jason Brown, will take the stage to kick off the evening entertainment. Followed by co-headliners, Trippin Billies and Boy Band Review, two tribute bands from Chicago.
The Pizza Eating Contest will happen on the Main Stage at 6;15pm. You can do it! Be the fastest to consume an entire, full-size, cheese pizza and win Pizza for a Year from Fongs!
Tickets — $10 in advance/$15 at the gate
Purchase in advance at tikly.co/events/2770
All kids 12 and under receive free admission when accompanied by an adult.
Free parking is nearby.
#alwayssomethinghappening in The District at Prairie Trail — SW Vintage Parkway and SW Main Street, Ankeny, IA 50023