Eat! Berlin, the city’s gourmet food festival, returned this weekend and before it ends on March 4, will have hosted around 50 events throughout the capital. Until recent years, few might have connected cutting-edge gastronomy with Berlin, but today the city’s fine dining offer can hold its own with the rest of Germany, if not stand at the forefront, says Eat! Berlin’s Manuela Hutzler.
Beyond collaborations with Berlin restaurateurs, the festival also highlights “radical regional concepts or movements,” this year inviting the Adriatic peninsular Istria to present some of its local chefs and producers. Eat! Berlin also explores unexpected dining settings like the Natural History Museum, where chef Tristan Brandt (pictured) will be serving five courses alongside the Tyrannosaurus rex that shares his name, Tristan Otto. Other event locations include the historic public swimming pool Stadtbad Oderberger Straße.
This interest in new experiences and careful attention to quality may be the new hallmarks of Berlin’s food scene, but fans of the classics need not worry: “currywurst is here to stay,” Hutzler promises with a laugh.
Photo courtesy Pia Negri.