About Taste of the Junction

OUR

VISION

A vibrant community which celebrates the people, cultures, and cuisines of Valley Junction.

OUR

MISSION

Create space for the community to come together to share, preserve, and celebrate the ever-changing, culturally-rich history of Valley Junction.

Our current and future programs align with our three priorities:
community building, cultural education, curation and preservation.

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"As Mayor, I was able to attend and participate in many wonderful and important events in the City of West Des Moines. In my opinion, the Taste of the Junction was the most culturally important because it celebrated the City's beginning as a railroad town with a very diverse population.
 
Taste of the Junction brings generations of families together whose history started in Valley Junction (like mine as I am a 4th generation WDM resident) and allows many central Iowa residents to learn more about the history of WDM and showcases/celebrates the cultural diversity that WDM has embraced since its beginning in 1893. This celebration blesses all of central Iowa. "

Steven K. Gaer, City of West Des Moines Mayor 2007-2021 & First Seed Donor for Taste of the Junction