Festival for foodies – Copenhagen Cooking starts tomorrow
The Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival is about to start, and the city will once again be filled to the brim with gastronomy and unique experiences. Stay tuned for an overview of events that you wouldn’t wanna miss
The food scene, and the cooking community of Copenhagen as a unity, will come alive, as the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival begins. The popular food festival has provided a delicious end to August for locals and tourists alike since 2004. This year, the gastronomical festival will be celebrated from the 20th to 29th of august. During these 10 days, a lot of things will happen that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.
New cooking skills or unique servings at local restaurants
Copenhagen Cooking’s festival program consists of two types of events: events at the Festival Square on Israels Plads across from Torvehallerne in central Copenhagen, and Cooking in the City, which will present unique dining opportunities and events scattered across the entire city. Most events require a ticket, so remember to purchase yours before packing your bags.
THE FESTIVAL SQUARE
Wednesday the theme will be Byens bæredygtige madscene (The sustainable food-scene of the city) where sustainable baking workshops, a talk on organic beans, and talks on how to improve our food culture are amongst the planned activities.
Thursday will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Pølsevogn. The traditional Danish hot dog stand will be celebrated with a four-course hot dog menu, the presence of several historical stands, a workshop on hot dog toppings, and a quiz on sausages. There will also be music, and what the festival describes as other “sausage-fun”.
Friday means market day, and local farmers and other local food producers will be selling local goods like fruits, vegetables, goats cheese, honey, and kombucha. There will also be a Cider party with twenty cider-producers present. Jalm&B and Frankly Juice will give a presentation on their fight against food waste, and describe how they have transformed over 20.000 kilos of excessive carrot pulp into freshly baked sourdough buns that can be bought in 7-eleven.
Saturday The day of the Smørrebrød will be celebrated, and six of the finer rye open sandwich restaurants (Selma, Meyers i Tårnet, Restaurant Schønnemann, Hahnemann’s Køkken, Norrlyst, Restaurant Kronborg) will serve their best attempt at the danish dish. In the evening, there will be a music bingo event hosted by Absalon.
Sunday The last day offers a visit from some of the best danish chefs, as they compete with their own special dishes in the final of the danish Dish of the year competition.
COOKING IN THE CITY
If you turn your eyes away from the festivities on the Festival Square, you can find many unique activities and special food experiences in the local restaurants. Especially central Copenhagen will be packed with opportunities for special experiences. On the outskirts of town you will be able to enjoy a historical dinner at the fort at Greve museum on the 28th, or maybe find yourself at a long-table dinner in the herb garden in Tingbjerg, where Restaurant Virketrang and Det Økologiske Folkekøkken (The Organic Folk Kitchen) will gather some of the best kitchen expertise from local areas (24th).
At Amager, there’ll be a Wakeboard Show at the Surf ‘N’ Supper event in the Copenhagen Cable Park (Friday the 20th).
From the 24th-28th of August, Holy Krapaw will celebrate the 400 years, which have passed since the first journey between Denmark and Thailand, with a 3-course street food menu with the national dish Pad Kapow in the center of the menu. GRØD will be selling their Harvest Picnic basket, and TheSocial will serve a harvest menu in the KU.BE Culture house on Frederiksberg.
In Tivoli, you‘ll find a seven-course vegetarian menu at Gemyse, which will be based on edible flowers (Sunday the 29th), and on Blågaards Plads you will find the wine store Roots Vinbutik celebrating the Copenhagen favorite drink of the summer, Aperol Spritz, at an AperoTasting event featuring a selection of cheese, charcuterie and pasta (24th of August)
The smallest citizens of the city will also have a course to celebrate, as there are many child-friendly events in the program. Some examples are there cinnamon-bun baking and a cookie party both at Børnemuseet. The Experimentarium hosts a Gastronomical Sensing Circus (the 22nd), and Selma on Rømersgade invites for a five-course dinner without parents (the 24th).
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