10 food festivals to look forward to this summer
Good food is something to celebrate and these local food festivals know how to do it right. Here are 10 of summer’s most anticipated events, complete with live bands, outdoor settings and the best burgers/burritos/bitterballen of your life.
Amsterdam dons its apron and whisks up a feast of food truck bites, cooking demonstrations and live music at Amsterdam Kookt. Three events at three separate venues (Olympisch Stadion, Oosterpark and NDSM-werf) are scheduled throughout the summer.
Amsterdam Kookt // May, June, August
On the long weekend around Ascension Day in May, Westergasfabriek is transformed into a foodie paradise, where mobile kitchens turn out plate after plate of delicious local fare. Eat, drink and dance your heart at out at the festival that parties long into the evening.
Rolling Kitchens // 24-28 May
Taste of Amsterdam
Taste of Amsterdam in Amstelpark falls towards the fine-dining end of the food festival spectrum. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample dishes from the restaurants you’ve dreamed of going to (without the haute cuisine price tags).
Taste of Amsterdam // 2-5 June
Trek Food Truck Festival
Specialist food vendors from all around the country join in this annual ‘trek’, setting up shop in Amsterdam in July. Tempt your taste buds with everything from sushi to Surinamese cuisine and don’t forget to visit the beer bus or the mobile cocktail bar.
Trek Food Truck Festival // 14-16 July
Happy Sushi Festival
Satisfy your cravings for seaweed-wrapped happiness at Amsterdam’s most joyful celebration of sushi. All-you-can-eat sashimi, sushi burgers and poké bowls await at the festival held in a secret location. Book your tickets early – this one sells out fast.
Happy Sushi Festival // 29-30 July
Go for the theatre and stay for the food at this artsy celebration in Amsterdam’s Martin Luther Kingpark. Alongside the intriguing live performances – food stalls, bar tents and barbeques will keep you coming back for more.
De Parade // 11-27 August
Dutch Raw Food and Lifestyle Festival
Learn the art of raw chocolate, make detoxing delicious and get excited about plant-based dining. The Dutch Raw Food and Lifestyle Festival held on Langerlust farm will inspire you with healthy ideas, recipes and hands-on workshops.
Dutch Raw Food and Lifestyle Festival // 18 June
Het Bacchus Wijnfestival
The Bacchus wine festival in the beautiful Amsterdamse Bos is a tribute to one of the most important food groups. But since we can’t survive on wine alone – a selection of pop-up restaurants and food trucks are at your service.
Het Bacchus Wijnfestival // 9-18 June
Every month is a food festival at Westergasfabriek. Neighbourfood Market, held on the third Sunday of each month, is a chance to indulge in locally produced artisanal goodies from cheese to cakes and everything in between.
Neighbourfood Market // Every third Sunday of the month
Pure Markt is another monthly market that hordes of hungry locals follow around the city. The impressive variety of food stalls (hello, oysters, crêpes and craft beer) is matched by the craft stalls and entertainment.
Pure Markt // Various dates