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Berlin Taste Festival. Photo: Esbjörn Guwallius/Berlinow

The Taste Festival in Berlin is a ten day long event, celebrating design and food. The festival is a must for food enthusiasts as well as industry professionals.

Ever wondered where your food comes from, before it ends up in the supermarket or on your plate? At the Taste Festival you can learn about the sourcing of ingredients. Find out more around the experimentation behind the dishes and the cultural significance of dining.

The ten day program includes presentations, workshops, mini-markets, film screenings and parties. One of the more interesting events, in our humble opinion, is the Berlin Coffee Society presentation on Friday June 8th. Cory Andreen, the current German SCAE Cup Tasting Champion, will hold a talk about “the forgotten taste potentials and qualities of coffee”. Single-origin coffees will be freshly brewed cup for cup with an old preparation method at the Coffee Society’s Brew Bar. You will also have to chance to try cascara, a coffee cherry tea with a real natural sweetness and notes of plums and raisins.

 

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Hokey Pokey in Prenzlauer Berg. Photo: Berlinow

Don’t settle for less: These are the top five ice cream parlors in Berlin. Follow this list, and you’re set for a great summer.

Rosa Canina

Pasteurstraße 32, 10407 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

1.This is the best ice cream we’ve tasted in ages, and it’s all organic. You can actually see the ice cream being made in front of your eyes, since Rosa Canina’s “factory” is in-store behind a big glass wall. There’s a variety of changing flavors (some of them vegan). Among the more odd options are raspberry-basil, chocolate-nutmeg-cardamom and black sesame, which all tastes surprisingly good.

Ice cream 5 stars Overall rating 5 stars
Berlin Homemade Icecream

Elßholzstraße 10, 10781 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

2.Right next to Kleistpark lies this popular ice cream parlor. Artificial flavors are banned, all ice cream are made out of milk, cream, sugar, real fruit and home-made nut pastes. If you head here on the weekend, be prepared to queue.

Ice cream 4.5 stars Overall rating 4.5 stars
Hokey Pokey

Stargarder Straße 73, 10437 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

3.Peanut butter and banana makes a very tasty ice cream. Do we need to say that it’s real peanut butter and pieces of banana? This flavor, and other surprises for your tastebuds (such as Belgian chocolate and fig-walnut) are awaiting you at Hokey Pokey in Prenzlauer Berg.

Ice cream 4.5 stars Overall rating 4 stars
Naschkatze

Raumerstraße 8, 10437 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

4.One of our favorites from this all organic Helmholtzplatz hotspot is the fresh mint ice cream. Simply delicious, and a perfect cooler on a hot summer day. Combine it with strawberry, and you got the perfect mix. A nice touch from Naschkatze is the the small sample from another flavor they put on top of the scoop of ice cream you order.

Ice cream 4 stars Overall rating 4 stars
Tanne B

Eisenbahnstraße 48, 10997 BerlinFoursquare

5.Tanne B has made ice cream since 2004, and gotten quite creative with their flavors. How about some asparagus ice, or perhaps lychee-ginger? Vegans can choose from a variety of soy ice cream and sorbets. Tanne B also has a small branch in the corner of Bergmannstraße and Zossener Straße.

Ice cream 3.5 stars Overall rating 4 stars
 

How to: Shop Organic

 

A Guide to Organic Food Shopping in Berlin

Berlin is the organic food capital of Europe. Photo: Esbjörn Guwallius/Berlinow

Berlin is the perfect city for an organic lifestyle. The range of organic foods and other everyday products is enormous.

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In Germany and especially in Berlin, there are numerous shops that specialize in organic products. Everything sold in these supermarkets are organically grown or produced.

Alnatura is one of the German organic chains, and our favorite. Everything in the Alnatura stores looks and feels very fresh, manual cheese and bread counters as well as fruit and vegetables. The chain has many products under its own brand, these are often less expensive than products from other producers and usually of high quality. Alnatura has seven stores in Berlin. The largest is on Greifswalder Straße 89 in the outskirts of Prenzlauer Berg.

Bio Company has 22 stores in Berlin. Maybe not always as fresh as Alnatura, but they has a very wide selection in their larger stores. In the entrance to all supermarkets is a small Imbiss, which also sells bread and coffee, organic of course.

Viv Biofrischemarkt is the second largest chain in Berlin with its eight stores. Here you’ll find everything you need for your weekly shopping. Not the most exciting store, but if you live nearby a Viv, it’ll do just fine. A bakery shop with a good selection is available in all stores.

Europe’s largest

LPG Biomarkt has six stores in Berlin, one of them Europe’s largest organic supermarket. On two stories, covering more than 1 600 square meters, you’ll find Berlin’s widest range of organic products. In addition to food it features a large department with cosmetic and hygiene products. There’s also a bistro, and a bakery with a coffee shop. The address is Kollwitzstraße 17 in Prenzlauer Berg. Some of the other five LPG branches are also relatively large, compared to other chains.

Kiepert & Kutzner has only one store, but a really good one. Personal style, fresh and well-stocked fruit and vegetable department, manual cheese and deli counters, cool music in the speakers and free tea and mineral water make this institution in Prenzlauer Berg a winner.

Veganz is not 100 percent organic, but almost everything in the supermarket is grown and produced organically. The special thing with Veganz? Every single product is vegan. There’s vegan pizza, sausage, cheese, fake chicken … and the list can easily get very, very long. They also have a coffee shop with bakery, which features and vegan cakes and cookies among other goodies. Veganz is open on Sundays (which is uncommon in Germany), when they also serves a vegan brunch.

“Bio” is short for biologisch, the German word for organic.

 
Restaurant (file). Photo: bloomsburys/flickr[source]CC BY 2.0

During two weeks in March you can try out a few of Berlin’s more expensive restaurants. 20 euros gets you a three course dinner.

60 restaurants in Berlin is taking part in “Gourmet Attack”, a marketing event initiated by the website Bookatable.com. Participating restaurants serves a three course dinner for 20 euros from March 5 – 18. One of the restaurants is Relish in Hotel Westin Grand in Mitte, where just the main course normally is around 25 euros. Some of the other restaurants are Paris–Moskau in Tiergarten, Franke in Charlottenburg and Traube in Mitte.

Via BZ Berlin

 
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