3 juli 2011

My last day at Roskilde Festival

I spend Saturday eating local food with Marie Jeng a Danish blogger, that write for Roskilde Festival paper OrangePress. That’s the local paper for the 4 day festival. We were on the out look for local produce and things in season with a bit of traditionally twist to it. First we tried on of the most traditionally Danish dishes, it can make grown men cry. It is pan-fried slices of pork belly with a crunchy crackling, served with boiled potatoes and a parsley sauce. It is real everyday Danish food, with a long history everybody has a family recipe. Perfect festival food, because it’s salty, is filling and tasty. I love the idea, but it was not as well executed the day we ate at the Peoples Kitchen, which was a shame, the big industrial frying-pan went on fire, and the sauce was sticky and not smooth, somebody told me they ran out of flour and used readymade mixture for mashed potato instead. I do not know if it is true, but the substitution did not work.

That is festival life, cooking here is wild and unpredictable. It was a shame it wasn’t a bit sharper that Saturday because I had had it before were it was better, but always thought it lacked a bit of love. The sauce is white and the parsley in on top of the sauce, which a shame and do not give the right taste, it could be because of some health and safety rules fresh parsley can be tricky. It shows it is difficult to serve so many meals and get it right, therefor there are options here to consider. Idea, quality, price, logistic, how much money will they donated to charities. All of that is part of the trading office policy for choosing vendors.

We continued our search and we stopped at Manfreds, Manfred is small place in Jægersborggade in Copenhagen a super cool place with no nonsense food made by former souschef at Noma Christian Puglinese. Here at the festival they have an outlet, were they serve oatmeal in the morning, the rest of day Pea soup, cold buttermilk soup with biscuit’s, sandwich with summer-cabbage and smoked cheese, fresh peas and strawberries. All the vegtables are in season now and they all sourced from local organic
farm Ventegodtgård.

Everything tasted great, all freshly made and it is organic and sustainable, because its in season and locally sourced. They have a lot of loyal costumers, a young crowd, they looked quit trendy, it wasn’t the heavy metal guys who were standing in line, but I did share table with some hard core Iron Maiden fans, they liked traditionally Danish smørrebrød, and were not keen on my food which I enjoyed immensely. They were all quit happy about the food at the festival, the only thing they missed was some proper gravy.

After Manfred’ we walked over to Kristinendal, which I would call a Danish cowboy take out, on a slider bun they serve oldfashion beef slow raosted for hours and with grandma’s sweet and sour cucumber salad. The festivals best fries, and then a Danish thing they are served with remoulade. I have never seen that anywhere else in the world. This was really old fashion but the meet was so tasty and sprinkle with a bit of course sea salt, just a touch of love in there. All beef comes from local farm, but not that sustainable with all that meat, great choice for fast food. After you had dinner there next it have to be a green options

This is my last day at the festival, after 4 days I am really tired and full of great music, food and people. I am ready to go home to a bit of quietness and plain yoghurt. Roskilde Festival is a bit of Utopia, 130.00 people meet and enjoy music beer and food. Hundred of events, art installation a gigantic camping area, and if you sit down and think about is, it is not doable. That the beauty of it, it has been going on for so long. It is a unbelievable operation and many for the histories band has played here. I travel home with joy.

Trine Hahnemann