Food, drink and music in Copenhagen

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82336baf97Next month, Copenhagen hosts the Eurovision Song Contest. But don’t hold that against it. There are plenty of other things happening in the capital city of Denmark.

Towards the end of May, there is the Copenhagen Beer Festival where over-sampling the 700 different Danish lagers that will bee available could damage your liver for life! Seventy brewers will be displaying their wares all convinced that there is the best brew in Denmark if not the world. Danish food will be available to help soak up the alcohol whilst showcasing some of the best foods that Denmark has on offer.

A bigger emphasis on food comes two months later in August when there is the Copenhagen Cooking food festival, whose 150 events over a ten-day period make it one of Northern Europe’s biggest food festivals. The focus here is on typical Danish gastronomy and in particular the New Nordic Cuisine for which Denmark (and Copenhagen in particular) is at the vanguard.

Music also features heavily in the summer events schedule. First up is Distortion (4-8 June), an annual celebration of techno, hip-hop, dance and street art that draws around 100,000 party people to central Copenhagen. Street parties, pop-up parties, a harbour party and chill-out events ensures that revellers can dance from dusk till dawn and on till dusk again should they want to. And just as appealing is the fact that most of the daytime and evening events are free of charge to attend, and the whole weekend is characterised by its decidedly upbeat vibe. There’s more dance music later in the summer at Strøm Festival (11-17 August), which celebrates electronic music in all its forms through concerts, parties and workshops.   Then there is the  Copenhagen Jazz Festival (4-13 July) which brings live music to the city’s streets, squares, jazz clubs and concert halls in one of the largest events of its kind in Europe. Those preferring the rock scene, meanwhile, might be enticed out of town to the Roskilde Festival (28 June – 6 July). Rather like Denmark’s answer to Glastonbury, the event sees crowds of 80,000 camping out .This oustanding event – a rite of passage for many young Danes – also raises money for cultural and humanitarian good causes.

Those inspired by the Viking exhibition at the British Museum in London  might be intrigued by the world of Vikings, knights and deadly swordplay that’s invoked at Copenhagen Medieval Market (6-9 June). More than 1,000 costumed actors will bring medieval society back to life for a family-friendly weekend extravaganza filled with 160 stalls, a jousting tournament and a Viking campsite re-enactment.

But if you do nothing else a visit to Copenhagen for John’s Eve (23 June),is something you should do. This is when bonfires are set up across the country to burn a ‘witch’ fashioned out of rags in a bid to scare evil spirits away.

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