While children like to run around and have fun when they go to family fiestas, the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival aims to take them on a gentle stroll, delving into the richness of the culinary culture of Denmark.
From experiencing the country’s food history to watching creepy-crawlies transforming into dainties, there will be plenty of ways to keep the little ones amused this year.
Here’s a list of the most interesting events that will keep the kids thoroughly entertained at the city’s upcoming gastronomic playground.
Family Dinner at Tårnet
Aug 20 & 27, 17:30-22:00; Tårnet Restaurant, Christiansborg, Prins Jørgens Gård 1, Cph K; 175-350kr
Family time is not only about having fun but also about forming strong emotional ties and creating happy memories. And what could be more profound than enjoying a fine-dining experience with your granny at one of Copenhagen’s most beautiful and historic restaurants? For kids joining the festival, Bojesen brings this unique opportunity for kids to have a dinner date with their grandma, where they can savour scrumptious Danish dishes along with a variety of drinks.
Aug 21; 15:30-19:00; Israels Plads, Linnesgade 17, Cph K; 40kr
Denmark is never short of hot dog enthusiasts, both young and old – irrefutably, it’s that one food item that kids can never say no to. Hosted at the festival’s engine room at Israels Plads, the Top Dog Charity event (see page 2 for more details) will include a ‘Top Dogs for Kids’ segment, offering opportunities galore for the young hot dog lovers to tantalise their taste buds. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy the gourmet hot dogs made by contestants in the Top Dog Charity competition.
For the love of veggies
Aug 24, 18:00-21:30; Energicenter Voldparken, Kobbelvænget 65,
Getting kids to eat their vegetables is not the easiest task, but this event will definitely attract them towards all things green. This year, there will be a communal dinner hosted by the organic community kitchen in the middle of the world’s largest straw bale garden. A ‘family-style’ feast for 100 guests will be arranged, while the urban garden specialists BIOARK will demonstrate a mushroom growing system that will definitely be a treat to watch.
Aug 25, 13:00-18:00, 50kr; Aug 26, 10:00-18:00, 75kr; Botanisk Have, Gothersgade 128, Cph K
At the Bug Fest, kids get to see, touch, and taste many different types of insects at the beautiful Botanical Garden. The purpose of the Bug Fest is to allow kids to explore the diversity of insects from a gastronomic, technological, scientific and cultural perspective. This will be a unique opportunity for kids to discover how insects can provide nutritional value and contribute to sustainable food production.
Arla Food Fest
Aug 26, 10:00-18:00 & Aug 27, 10:00-17:00; Øster Voldgade 4A, Cph K; 75kr, kids 0-3, free adm
For the fifth year, Arla Food Fest will be providing surprising food experiences for kids and adults alike. The event will not only be pleasurable for kids’ taste buds, but it will also educate them about some interesting food-related facts to stimulate their curiosity. There will also be music and a lot of fun activities that will keep the little ones entertained for the whole weekend.
Frederiksberg Harvest Fest
Aug 25, 17:00-21:30; Frederiksberg Allé, Frederiksberg; 230kr
This popular harvest fest will be a great culinary experience for both kids and adults as some of the best restaurants in town, along with hard working farmers, present mouthwatering food to suit all kinds of taste buds. There will also be different stalls and workshops to educate people about sustainable food initiatives. Be warned, as tickets are selling out fast.