Copenhagen has lately been treated to glimpses of glorious weather in August, which is fortunate as this month is just one big parade of festivals. Last weekend the city was transformed to an explosion of color and lots of lycra, first with Copenhagen Gay Pride coming to town, filling the streets with raucous fun and buckets of love followed by buckets of blood, sweat and tears from the contestants of Copenhagen’s annual Ironman. And if this wasn´t enough this nordic haven has been the culinary epicenter of the very popular Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival. Going into its 12th. season celebrating Copenhagen’s cooking and food culture, the festival, followed intensely by 100.000 culinary savvy locals and visitors, has successfully planted its roots in the capital’s diverse neighborhoods, including my own hood, Sluseholmen.
Sluseholmens fleet of houseboats will expand later this year when Restaurant Vandvid, a converted barge will nestle with its floating neighbors. As a preview, the crew behind this ambitious project, Dorrit Saietz, Ivan Nielsen and Jens Emil Nielsen performed a minor miracle by installing a street kitchen on the quay as part of their contribution to Copenhagen’s Cooking & Food Festival. The initiative has been an overwhelming success, introducing local residents and curious visitors what to expect when the floating restaurant finally finds its berth. The street kitchen served dishes cooked with locally grown organic produce bringing strangers together to discuss food, Copenhagen and the architecture around them. Dorrit, Ivan, Jens Emil and the rest of the crew at Restaurant Vanvid take a bow. It is initiatives like this that continue to brand Sluseholmen as a model for diverse and engaging urban living. Long may it continue.
Photo credits: Phillip Mills