Foodies Gather on Noma Turf – Danish Food Blogger Symposium 2010

On Saturday I had the privilege of joining some 80 fellow food bloggers for the Food Bloggers’ Symposium 2010 – the first of its kind to be held in Denmark. The Symposium took place, nestled up against none other than the best restaurant in the world – Noma, on Copenhagen’s North Atlantic Wharf.

Local gourmet produce
I arrived at the conference, like many others present, not knowing anybody. All I knew was that we all shared a passion – a passion for food, good food. The programme for the day catered perfectly to this shared passion with presentations by the Danish winegrower, Anders Selmer from Lilleø and chocolate maker Mikkel-Friis-Holm, who travels to Nicaragua himself to choose the best cocoa beans from the best growers, ensuring them a fair price and a future for their children, and then a welcome visit from the guys from Coffee Collective half way through the afternoon. This gastronomical side of the day was excellently balanced by input from various media experts on the art of blogging – how to be a good blogger, how to inspire, how to stimulate blog traffic and so much more.

Food for thought
The day would not have been complete without a good dose of dietary advice and inspiration. I sat and lapped up every word that Claus Meyer and Charlotte Mithril had to say about the OPUS project –  the world’s largest research project on children’s health, aimed at alleviating problems such as obesity, obesity-related diseases and learning difficulties. At its core is a new eating concept, developed by experts, termed the New Nordic Diet. This diet is basically pure common sense and the guts of it were probably already known to most of us in the room. Essentially it’s about getting back to basics and including more locally and organically grown, seasonal fruit and vegetables in the daily diet; remembering to supplement our meals with pulses and wholegrains; and at the same time reduce our intake of meat, in particular low-grade meat. The meat in our diet should consist of high-grade cuts or, even better, be game or seafood. The point hammered home the most this day, not only by Claus Meyer, but also by Mark Bittman from the NY Times, was the importance of HOME COOKING. Research has revealed this to be the key to reducing obesity.

Play time
Being a food lover of course I would have to say that the “play” lunch was one of the highlights of the day for me.  Paper bags were distributed amongst all participants and chef Mads Nybro from Beta was Skyped in to tell us by webcam how to assemble our lunches. This ranged from having to chuck the small tin containing an udon noodle soup into a big galvanised basin of hot water at the back of the meeting room for a few minutes (to heat it, you see), to taking a small container of baby gem lettuce to another station to get some smoked cheese foam squirted onto it. It certainly got people moving around the room. Both of the afore mentioned tasted divine but the foie gras, served toothpaste-style, on delicious bread rolls totally rocked. I did my darnest to squeeze every last drop out of that tube!

An evening under the bridge
The day was rounded off with an outdoor dinner at Knipps Kaj under Knippelsbro. With the cobbled quayside, the rustic table settings and the musician strumming away, the atmosphere was distinctly Parisian. The steady flow of various biodynamic wines and, not least, the amusement we had in hammering the living daylights out of giant crab claws, ensured that the tongues of food bloggers were loosened and it was an evening of high spirits. Thanks to Heidi, Louise, Mogens (sorry, for calling you Morten!), Kristina and Mia for great dinner company.

The morning after
I’m happy to say that my time in this Danish food blogger universe did not end on Saturday. We had the opportunity to meet again, under more sober circumstances, at the Grønch (vegetarian brunch), hosted by Din Baghave (who as you might know I’ve been known to rant about before), in conjunction with the Eat 2010 food exhibition. This was possibly one of the most delicious and healthiest brunches I’ve ever had, but that’s another story…

A grandiose THANK YOU to Rasmus Holmgård and Marie Sainabou Jeng for organising this event, which leaves me inspired to continue this food blogging journey that I have embarked on. Great job!

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15 Comments

  1. Donna
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 9:43 am | Permalink | Reply

    Fantastic report Kerry! I was hooked on every word. Sounded like a fab event. Quite surprised that foie gras was served?! Keep on bloggin’!xxx

    • Posted September 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Donna! (I believe the goose signed up for it). xx
      P.S. Have you seen this? http://gu.com/p/2jadd/tw

      • Donna
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

        Wow Kerry! Where DID you find that?! I had no idea we had a caviar farm here in Andalucia………very interesting video. I’ll be on the lookout now for some RioFrio caviar. Didnt it look delicious?! Mmmmmmm…..Gracias Amiga.xxx

    • Posted September 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I got the caviar link from a friend the other day. Here’s another great piece to watch when you have time http://bit.ly/cMZe4f

  2. Posted September 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hej Kerry
    Super smukke billeder………..Øv hvor ville jeg gerne have oplevet krabbekløerne under Knippels bro
    KH
    Marie

    • Posted September 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hej Marie,
      Tak skal du have. Næste gang kommer du med :)
      Kh
      Kerry

  3. Posted September 1, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    great recap of the symposium with lovely photos! however, i don’t quite get your feelings on din baghave; the food was good but you’re ranting..?

    • Posted September 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Mina,
      Thanks for the feedback. With ‘ranting’ I was referring to an earlier post I’d done on Din Have. The link is embedded in the post. Here it is again in case you’re interested :) https://foodytwoshoes.com/2010/08/12/fresh-vegetables-on-the-doorstep/
      (Perhaps ‘ranting’ was a slight exaggeration…)
      Kerry

      • Posted September 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

        sorry, i was feeling a bit shy and overwhelmed on saturday. would have liked to meet you! ^^

        i would really appreciate any recipe on ground elder, if i can find them at all! (:

      • Posted September 3, 2010 at 10:14 am | Permalink

        No worries, it was a little daunting.

        Here’s the recipe: https://foodytwoshoes.com/2010/05/01/nordic-pesto/ I’m sure if you know anyone with a garden they’ll be dying to let you take some of their ground elder next spring/summer ;-)

  4. Posted September 2, 2010 at 10:52 am | Permalink | Reply

    A lovely symposium and a great night at Knipps Kaj. I think it was inspiring to get to know food bloggers in person and not just as ‘the domain name’. Let’s make another symposium next year!

  5. Posted September 6, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’m impressed that you got around to re-telling so many bits of that mildly overwhelming day. I had so much to write about the different parts that I haven’t written one word. Not unlike old Monty Burns who had so many nasty diseases, that they kept eachother from bursting out the door, so to speak.

  6. Posted April 23, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink | Reply

    Is there any such event coming this time around? I want to join in and eat everything there is. Then learn a few recipes from all the greats gathered there

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