Things are cooking in Copenhagen
Tickets have gone on sale this month for one of the biggest food festivals in Northern Europe. Copenhagen Cooking (www.copenhagencooking.com) takes place every summer, this year from Aug. 21-30.
The festival began in 2004 and now attracts over 100,000 people to the Danish capital. Each year has its own themes and for 2015 there are two main ones: local sustainability and togetherness. There are going to be plenty of opportunities for social dining experiences, both in restaurants and in the streets, and the Scandinavian love of sustainability will ensure nothing goes to waste. For the visiting traveler, the chance to meet and engage with Danish foodies will make for a truly memorable holiday.
The Copenhagen culinary scene is a vibrant one, from Michelin-star restaurantstostreet food. In fact there’s even a place called Copenhagen Street Food (www.copenhagenstreetfood.dk/en). It’s a daily street food market on Papiroen (Paper Island) where dozens of street food vendors set up stalls and you can sample typical street food from Turkey, Mexico, China, Japan and, of course, Denmark.
At the other end of the price scale, Copenhagen has 15 restaurants with Michelin stars, including three with two stars. One of those, noma, has been called the Best Restaurant in the World no less than four times by the British magazine Restaurant. Another of the two-star restaurants, Geranium, features the cooking of Rasmus Kofoed, once voted the Best Chef in the World.
Some of those Michelin restaurants feature in the Copenhagen Cooking Festival, which will also include cookery classes, events for children, and huge street parties with music.
For more information on visiting Copenhagen, see www.visitcopenhagen.com.
Traditional Danish dishes to try:
Rye bread: You’ll find rugbrid everywhere, from top restaurants to supermarket shelves. It's a much healthier and tastier alternative to white bread. A smorresbrod is rye bread buttered and with a topping, for an open-face sandwich.
Wienerbrod: Don’t ask for a Danish in Denmark. If you want a breakfast pastry ask for a Wienerbrod, or Viennese bread.
Pork: Pork is the most popular meat, served in dishes like roast pork with parsley sauce and a pork and apple stew.
Fish: Denmark has 4,500 of coastline – more than India – and fish dishes are everywhere, from smoked eel and pickled herring to salted dried cod (lutefisk).
Beer: Denmark is noted for its beer, with big names like Tuborg and Carlsberg, but the craft brewing scene is definitely booming and there are over 100 breweries to choose from.
For more Denmark travel advice go to www.insightguides.com.