Food lovers will find plenty of reason to be happy throughout the rest of the month as Copenhagen Cooking, northern Europe's leading food festival, kicks off on Friday.
The festival will run for ten days and has scheduled more than 150 events to whet the appetites of foodies.
The massive offer of events throughout the city include street dinners, organic and sustainable events and cooking classes aimed at children.
“The festival focus is Nordic food culture, but there’s also Italian food, Chinese food, and so on," Lonnie Hansen, the director of Copenhagen Cooking, told The Local. "The background is Nordic, even though the Danish gastronomy is getting more and more inspired by international food."
A lot of well-known names from the Danish food world will take part in the festival.
Michelin-starred restaurant Relae, regarded as one of the world’s most sustainable restaurants, will celebrate its fifth birthday with a feast in a park in Nørrebro during the weekend. The event will feature head chef of the world's third-best restaurant Noma, René Redzepi, and other well-known chefs like Chad Robinson and Rosio Sanchez.
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Michelin restaurant Kokkeriet will also create a special menu as part of the festival’s concept Taste of Copenhagen, where restaurants and bars across the city will prepare special menus based on festival values.
Harvest feast Photo: Nicolai Engel.
“This year’s theme is local sustainability and togetherness, that’s why we’ll have long tables set up in the street so guests will have the chance to meet new people," Hansen said. The massive street dinners will be held in Vesterbro and Frederiksberg.
Whatever kind of eating or food-related event your are looking for, you are likely to find it at the festival. You'll be able to do out-of-the-box activities, such as taking part in a day trip to Amager Faelled with a picnic basket provided by Michelin-starred Restaurant Kadeau. If you're more in to a trip to the gastronomic memory lane, you can relive the original 1983 menu from legendary Era Ora’s restaurant opening.
Photo: Rasmus Flindt Pedersen.
If you'd rather make your own food, Copenhagen Cooking can also offer some tricks to improve your skills in the kitchen. You should go to Meyer’s if you're interested in learning everything about Danish rye bread, with lessons on the Danish dietary staple offered in English. For tips on preparing a classic smørrebrød, head to Timm Vladimir’s Kitchen, where you can also learn the basics of the New Nordic Cuisine (in English too).
“Danes has a lot of interest in food culture. They want to experience new things and they want their children to join food culture too.The success of the festival is due to people driven by curiosity showing up and getting involved in the activities," Hansen said.
Photo: Rasmus Flindt Pedersen.
With ten days of events, you can choose the best option for you here. Some of them, like the Harvest Festival in Esrum or The Late Night Cook Off, are completely free.
It's worth checking out the interesting free activities list, including the Risotto World Championship on Sunday, August 23rd at 1pm on Frederiksborgade, the 'Arla Food Fest appetizer' on Monday, August 24th and Tuesday August 25th at Copenhagen Central Station or 'Cooking Kids 2015' on Tuesday August 25th at 1pm on Ingerslevsgade.