2017 “Taste of Amsterdam” dates and information coming soon !
‘Foodie heaven’. Those two words best describe Taste of Amsterdam, an event that takes place in the Amstel park and which is crazier than the maddest cook show on TV, I promise you that.
The best Dutch and international chefs show up to cook their signature dishes in miniature portions and against miniature prices for visitors to witness and to taste. Who wouldn’t love it?
Chefs from at least twelve renowned establishments will be on hand, some of them taking an entourage with them. What’s more, the programme includes a series of spectacular special culinary events, ranging from cooks competing against each other in true Ready Steady Cook fashion, to the chefs giving cookery lessons to participants and more. Needless to say that also like that popular programme, the winner is decided by the people tasting the dishes.
Really, it’s going to be well worth it because it is not often that renowned chefs spill the beans on their artistry in one on one interaction with us mere mortals, so we can try to make them at home. Jazz and soul musicians will perform whilst the business of cooking, tasting, learning, competing and the sampling goes on.
The event evolves over four days and various tents in the Amstelpark, are dedicated to wine and beer exhibitions. This is where you will find Amsterdam’s top food purveyors providing a sampling of their best delicacies.
Want to learn how to mix a perfect cocktail? Or how to pick wines? Want to know what beers go with chocolate? Just buy a ticket and start asking where the activity of your choice is taking place. To give you a sneak preview of what happens in the wine tent – sommelier Edwin Raben teaches how to look, smell and taste wine. Aim of the game is of course to be able to choose the right wine with your home-cooked meal.
Join the crowd of foodies, connoisseurs and eager tasters and get your hands dirty. The organisers write on their website that participation in cooking is included in the ticket price, so why not put your best foot forward. Bring an apron if you must. The special cookery sessions in the AEG Makro Taste Theater take place continuously and each takes half an hour.
And what to think about learning to cook with the latest kitchen implements? Now’s your chance to learn to use the scary monsters to feast the tastebuds of friends, family or colleagues under the helpful guidance of the chef on hand. In a matter of 45 minutes you will not only have learnt what buttons to press, how hard, how long and when exactly to stop, but you’ll also have figured out how to cook that three-course meal using these mod cons.
Participating restaurants include
If you head to the event website you can find out what each of the chefs has planned. In addition to the cooking and tasting, there’s a fringe of around 100 exhibitors around the Taste, so when you’re full up, there’s plenty of entertainment left. Tickets cost €10, children under 16 years of age go free so long as they are accompanied by an adult. For a signature dish from a chef at Taste, you pay anything between € 5,00 and € 7,50. The event trades in its own currency – florins – so you will need to purchase those on site. VIP tickets are €50 each and the four day event is held May 15th until May 18th.