Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival returns this year from August 18th -27th transforming the cool city of Copenhagen into a culinary hub. The event celebrates the culinary culture of Danish food with over 100 events spread over 10 days. Around 80 thousand visitors join the festival each year and create a vibrant, buzzing atmosphere. This year will be the 14th festival and looks to be the best yet.
The festival kicks off with the Ultimate Barbecue Party presented by some of Denmark’s most talented and successful chefs. Morten Falk is known for representing Denmark at Bocuse d’Or in 2017. Karlos Ponte is known for the restaurant Taller and Henrik Jyrk formerly known from Restaurant Kul, and currently with the newly opened Restaurant Naes. As well as gourmet BBQ dishes there will be a variety of Jacobsen beer to quench the summer thirst and at an all inclusive price of 595kr ( approximately £55 ) from 5.30-10pm. I am really excited for this event and hope we get some sunshine.. I have visited Copenhagen previously in the Autumn and Winter and it was very cold so fingers crossed for warm days and balmy evenings.
Other events over the 10 days include Tapas & Biodynamic wines in the newly opened culture tower at Knippelsbro, there are a number of dates for this experience but many are already sold out so don’t delay if an intimate dining experience ( the tower only holds 14 guests over two floors and a further 14 on the balcony ) with food served by some of the best young chefs in Copenhagen along with natural wines sounds appealing.
Fancy a game of bingo with your food? This event is free to participate in but you should still book a ticket to ensure you aren’t disappointed. There will be various street food options to choose from during the afternoon.
Outside the city centre you can join a festival at The Farm Of Ideas celebrating the meeting of gastronomy and agriculture. The Seed Exchange where there will be a real exchange of seeds and also an open stage with talks and music. The festival at the farm is free to attend with various events taking place within that you can choose to buy tickets for. Such as The First Supper which I will be attending with food created by incredible chefs from around the world including Sean Brock, Husk (US), Esben Holmboe Bang, Maaemo (Norway), Matt Orlandeo, Amass (DK), Jock Zonfrillo, Orana (Australia), René Redzepi, Noma (DK) and Carlo Petrini, Slow Food (Italy).
Other events that look fun and very food filled include Open Sandwich Day where you can try smørrebrød from many of the city’s best cafes and restaurants. I tried smørrebrød for the first time on my trip last October and I am a fan. Then there is a Virtual Reality Food Experience in Vesterbro which is sure to tickle all of your senses. There are way too many other events to tell you about them all so I’ll finish up with the Best Hot Dog contest with Topdog Charity where some of the best chefs in the world will compete to create the best hot dogs, they will create 100 hotdogs each and you can try them all. The winner will be chosen by professional judges consisting of three-star Michelin chefs, international food critics and food journalists. All proceeds will go to Care Denmark.
*I will be attending the festival as a guest of The Food Organisation Of Denmark/Copenhagen Cooking.