The Danes spend more money on organic food than any other Europeans and Denmark’s many organic farmers have very efficient distribution networks, which allow farm-fresh produce to reach consumers fast and easy. And the national eco-labelling system is rigid and more comprehensive than the EU eco-labelling system. This is why organic produce enjoys a high level of trust in Denmark and why many supermarkets are well stocked with organic foodstuffs. But this is also why farmer’s markets and traditional market days are relatively rare in Denmark. The food festival tradition is nonetheless ever-growing. Nationwide, there are annual events that spotlight local culinary traditions and prime regional produce – and offer family activities and entertainment. Many of these festivals are held in historic locations, such as castles and manors – and in the authentic setting of island orchards and farms.
Scandinavia’s largest culinary celebration
Copenhagen Cooking is one of Scandinavia’s largest culinary festivals. The 10-day umbrella festival features markets, tasting events and themed festivals citywide spotlighting Danish, Nordic and international cuisine. Featured in early September (21-31 August 2014) and February. The February edition coincides with the Copenhagen Dining Week where many of the city’s restaurants offer gourmet experiences at cut-rate prices. Tickets are snapped up early from the Dining Week website
Copenhagen Beer Celebration / Copenhagen Beer Festival
One of Europe’s major craft beer events
One of Europe’s major craft beer events, Copenhagen Beer Celebration draws big name brewers to the Danish capital where beer tasting is combined with gourmet titbits created by leading chefs. Tickets for the event sell out in a matter of minutes when they are released online in November but non-ticket holders can also enjoy the city’s many other beer events throughout town during the annual Copenhagen Beer Festival in May and at dedicated bars throughout the city’s beer week.
Food Festival Aarhus
Cook-offs and events at a tented harbourside festival
One of Scandinavia’s largest tented culinary festivals is featured by the harbourside in the city of Aarhus and coincides with the city’s arts festival in September. The two-day festival spotlights Danish and Nordic produce and hosts cook-offs, events and learning experiences.
Organic Harvest Market Weekend
Farms open their barn doors to the public nationwide
The national Organic Harvest Market weekend (website in Danish only) features markets nationwide spotlighting Denmark’s many organic producers, 30-31 August 2014.