Amsterdam is promoting itself as the “City of 1001 Flavors” in 2009. As part of the year long program, two large food events are taking place in June.

Festival Sustainable Amsterdam, Saturday 6 June 2009, Westergasfabriek

holland food festival - flyerThis festival promotes sustainability initiatives in Amsterdam – solar cars, electric scooters, eco neighborhoods and more. Several food events will be part of the festival.

Slowfood Netherlands is organizing the Holland Food Festival, a taste market where you can buy from local producers. Then there is a cooking competition on stage, pitting chefs from top Amsterdam restaurants De Kersentuin, Ron Blaauw, Krasnapolsky, and Oud Zuid against each other. At the fitness snackbar you will have to generate the energy needed to mix your smoothie on a rowing machine.

rolling kitchens festival - flyerIt’s all happening on the Westergasfabriek, a former gas factory consisting of several beautiful brick buildings. The weekend of the rolling kitchens will take place at the same time and place. Dozens of mobile food stalls unite for a giant open air restaurant.

Taste of Amsterdam, 25 – 28 June in the Amstelpark

The Amstelpark will see a much more high-end culinary event as London based “Brand Events” organizes Taste of Amsterdam during four days from June 25 to 28. Taste of Amsterdam is part of a world-wide series of food festivals originating in London and now taking place in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Sydney, Melbourne, Dublin, Cork, Dubai and Amsterdam.

taste amsterdam - flyerFor EUR 12,50 you buy tickets up front for either lunch or dinner on one of the four days. For an additional EUR 4 to 9 each you can then sample up to 3 starter-size signature dishes from 15 of Amsterdam’s top restaurants including Sophia, Vis aan de Schelde, Ron Blaauw, elusive hot spot Momo, Jamie Oliver run Fifteen, Restaurant As and Le Garage.

There also are wine tastings, live cooking demonstrations, and a fine food market.