Although it’s probably safe to say we’re all completely stuffed after the Christmas and New Year festivities, with so much going on food and drink-wise in Amsterdam over the coming year, we just couldn’t ignore it. Unfortunately we couldn’t possibly include them all, so here’s a little taster of some which have caught our eye and we think sound extra appetising…
Whisky Weekend (15th – 16th January 2016)
If you’re a fan of a particular distilled alcoholic beverage, made from fermented grain mash and aged in wooden casks (whisky that is), then this event will be right up your street. In a little place called Posthoornkerk, a tasting room appears for a couple of days in January, which becomes host to every type of whisky you could possibly imagine. Creamy, malty, smoky, woody, nutty, oaky – the descriptions are endless. Find out more about the annual whisky festival and see where to book tickets here.
Food Soul Festival (29th – 31st January 2016)
Held in De Kromhouthal in Amsterdam Noord in January, you’ll find all kinds of weird and wonderful cuisine from all over the world at the Food Soul Festival. Experience this massive mobile restaurant (with free entry) and we’re certain you’ll be opening up your taste buds to some truly great foodstuffs.
Chocoa Festival (4th – 6th February 2016)
An exciting opportunity for every chocolate lover, Amsterdam holds the annual Chocoa Festival at the Beurs van Berlage, promising pure, chocolate-loving heaven. For as little as €10 per adult, you’ll have access to chocolate booths, live cooking and demonstrations just to name a few, and not forgetting the best bit – free tasting sessions. With Chocoa adopting a strong company ethos dedicated to high quality, sustainable chocolate, what you’ll find at this festival will be some of the very finest chocolate, along with top chocolatiers, and the opportunity for a great education about the cocoa chain – from tree to bar. You can book tickets here.
Amsterdam Coffee Festival (18th – 20th March 2016)
Featuring anywhere up to 100 artisan roasters, along with food stalls plus equipment makers, Amsterdam’s coffee festival is sure to help you get your caffeine fix, and pronto. Held at the Westergasfabriek events venue, you can watch various demonstrations, get involved in different workshops and immerse yourself in the coffee art project on display. But of course, the best bit by far – drinking great quality coffee until your heart’s content.
Meibock Festival (19th April 2016)
Celebrating spring beers (or Meibock), this boozy festival is a great opportunity to try a huge selection of both bottled and draught beer from a range of brewers. €7 will bid you entry, plus a festival glass, and from there you can purchase beer tokens at around €2 each. Some previous beers which have made an appearance are: Northern Night (TigerTops), Neoclassical (Butcher’s Tears), Saison (Kompaan) and Violante (Maximus). You can see a full list here.
Dutch Raw Food Festival (12th June 2016)
Take a chance to experience raw food at its very finest at this festival. With a strong focus on healthy living, you’ll find lots of stalls, tasting sessions and demonstrations to keep you busy for the day. Experts are available for any questions you may have, and you can attend workshops where you can learn how to make lots of different dishes and snacks. The festival takes place at The Colour Kitchen Langerlust in 2016.
Gelato Festival (9th – 12th July 2016)
Actually an Italian tour which is very popular, the Gelato Festival makes a stop in Amsterdam to share their incredible authentic gelato. Beginning only in 2010, the aim of the festival is to celebrate the origins of Florence gelato, invented by the Medici family during the Italian Renaissance. The best way to enjoy this event is to go online beforehand and purchase an ice cream card, which gives you fast track access to the stalls, where you can enjoy 5 tubs of ice cream, as well as other perks. You can find out more about the festival, and about buying a gelato card here.
Het Bacchus Wijnfestival (2nd – 4th September 2016)
The Bacchus Wijnfestival, or wine festival in English, combines music, food, and most importantly great wine into one weekend event which is sure to get your taste buds tingling. With a great selection of well-known wine merchants attending each year, whether you’re a wine connoisseur, or just like wine in general, you’ll have a fabulous time at this event. Listen to the experts talk about different wines, and then take a seat at one of the restaurants to discover all kinds of wondrous culinary pairings. You can access the official website here (it’s in Dutch though).
If any of these events have whetted your appetite, take a look at the Great Escapes website, where you can find your perfect short break to Amsterdam.
Also, if you’ve been to any of the above events, it would be great to hear about your experience, so please do comment below.