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The Amana Colonies: Two Awards at 2019 Iowa Tourism Conference

By February 19, 2019 No Comments

The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry on February 7th in conjunction with the 2019 Iowa Tourism Conference.

Awards were presented to cities and attractions from throughout Iowa based on the size of the communities, either rural or metro.

The Amana Colonies won two awards, one for Outstanding Community (rural) and another for Outstanding New Event (rural) with “Take a Bite: A three day food festival” that was held last April.

The Amana Colonies ranks as one of the state’s premier attractions and plays host to 800,000 to 1 million visitors each year.  The combination of a unique culture and history along with events, culinary traditions, and unique shops and handcrafted items are some of the reasons Amana Colonies annually ranks at the top of the Iowa tourism scene. The Amana community plans over 15 festivals and special themed weekends each year that require numerous volunteers and raises funds for a variety of non-profit organizations.

This year’s Outstanding New Event (rural) was “Take a Bite”.  It was conceived as a three day food festival that features special meals, hands on demonstrations, seminars, and sampling.  The event proved so popular that all of the special meal events were sold out.   This year’s event takes place on April 12th-14th and details of the events and meals are currently being planned.

For a complete list of upcoming activities and events visit or call 319.622.7624

Contact: David Rettig, Director of ACCVB, 319.622.7624