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Tivoli Gardens offers a wide variety of culinary experiences for its Tivoli Food Festival

From cocktails to cotton candy and from hotdogs to haute cuisine, Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, sets out to entice gastronomic guests at this year’s Tivoli Food Festival, where during 18 days in May food and drinks will flourish throughout Tivoli Gardens.

The festival will kick off with a grand opening on May 12 and will run until May 29.

For two and a half weeks Tivoli Gardens will sizzle with tasting events, workshops, food markets, competitions, and events and adorned with decoration, just as three Sundays during the festival will be very specially dedicated to cakes and sweet treats.

Open-faced sandwiches present as part of the Tivoli Food Festival. Photo courtesy of Tivoli Gardens.
Tivoli as a gastro-destination

Many people already travel to experience Tivoli Gardens’ rides, concerts and beautiful flower displays, and the aim is for culinary experiences to become a similar attraction for both Danes and international tourists.

Something for everyone

Tivoli Food Festival includes a wide range of experiences and events: whole-roasted suckling pig by the Open-Air Stage, a virtual beer tasting event, giant agricultural machines visiting the Gardens, gourmet-, street food- and ice cream pop-ups, live show kitchens in the heart of the Gardens, where chefs from all over the world share their tips and tricks and offer tastings every day, the Danish Championship in Blind Tasting, a pop-up by American NoMad Bar, and a large workshop headed by Claus Meyer, the man behind restaurant Noma among others, where guests can learn how to make crab bisque. In addition, Tivoli Gardens’ many restaurants, food stalls and pop-ups will present special festival offerings and menus.

Senior director of Tivoli High End, Mikkel Ustrup, states about Tivoli Food Festival: “We are pleased that we can add Tivoli Food Festival to the wide gastronomic offerings in Copenhagen. I hope that the festival can contribute to people associating Tivoli Gardens with gastronomic experiences to a greater extent. We have made every effort to offer events with wide appeal — big events such as the World’s Largest Beer Tasting event and Sugar Bingo — to more narrow offerings, such as the Danish Championships in Blind Tasting and winemaker’s dinners at Nimb, so that all our guests can enjoy a great experience. And we are proud to be able to attract big players from abroad, such as the American NoMad Bar, which will feature a pop-up at Nimb Bar. Østerberg Ice Cream will also open during the festival, as will the Michelin restaurants in the Japanese Pagoda.”

Every day during the extensive program of the festival features a separate theme, such as vegetables, seafood, Danish open-faced sandwiches or food waste. Sundays during the festival are dedicated to cakes and sweets, including huge Sugar Bingo events by the Open-Air Stage hosted by Mette Blomsterberg, Markus Grigo and Tobias Hamann.

The largest events during the Tivoli Food Festival include:

  • Grand opening event with agricultural machinery and open-faced sandwich battles between Adam Price and the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Rasmus Prehn
  • Giant candy wrapper dresses in the Great Fountain designed by Søren Le Smith
  • Large Tivoli Food Bazar
  • The world’s largest beer tasting event
  • Sugar Bingo
  • Pop-up event at Nimb with the famous American NoMad Bar
  • BBQ galore with whole-roasted meats by the Open-Air Stage
  • Show kitchen events with famous chefs and gastro personalities
  • Food waste hunting throughout the Gardens
  • Huge cake on the occasion of the jubilee of HM Queen Margrethe II
  • Crab bisque workshop with Claus Meyer
  • Danish Championship in Blind Tasting

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