The second edition of Berlin Food Week starts today and runs through to next Sunday. For a city that has really improved its culinary scene dramatically over the last few years, it was only a matter of time before this well-needed festival came to town to showcase Berlin’s talent.
This year’s programme has a lot more to offer, and it’s been hard not to notice with all the striking billboards – have you noticed the excellent graphics of fruit and vegetables around town?
The first element is the Stadtmenü, the city menu, whereby over 50 restaurants present their own interpretation of this year’s theme, “cabbage reversal”, a theme that does not initially make your imagination run wild, but is nevertheless topical and relevant in Germany, always. Some of our favourite menus are Le Bon in Kreuzberg with blood sausage making an appearance; To Beef Or Not To Beef with cabbage for every course (even dessert!); and French restaurant Le Faubourg with another cabbage-studded menu. Don’t let the thought of cabbage desserts deter you, cabbage is making a comeback.
The House of Food is a more general event inviting everyone to Kraftwerk, a former power plant that is now a popular venue for club nights, music events, and of course food festivals. The House of Food runs from Friday to Sunday and has three main facets to it – the Späti Deluxe is where guests can find food brands and manufacturers, Restaurant Street allows guests to sample food from local restaurants and meet the chefs, and Actionküche where guests get to cook under the guidance of experienced chefs. If you want to dip in and out of the food festival, this event is for you.
The final element to the week is the Food Clash Canteen which offers up a different 5 course menu every night, where a different remowned chef prepares one course each. This is a great way to experience the skills of Berlin’s top chefs from restaurants like Tim Raue, GLASS, Horvath, and Reinstoff, but it does indeed come with a price.
All tickets and more info can be found on the Berlin Food Week website, go forth and eat!