Berlin: A Morning at the Green Week

The Green Week food and agriculture trade fair started in Berlin on Friday. Imanuel Marcus interviewed almost everyone he met there.

Entering Berlin’s fair trade ground some 20 minutes after the Green Week opens, on its first day, does not mean those huge halls will be empty. The opposite was actually the case. Families, groups of people who looked like they wanted to eat and drink all day long, and food industry professionals, had already invaded the place.

Cupcakes from Berlin

One thing is certain: The Green Week, one of the most important trade fairs of its kind on the planet, is very diverse. The organizers grouped countries together in each available hall. The same applied to Germany’s federal states many of which have an official representation at the fair.

In the area reserved for companies from Berlin, Oliver Kretzler showed off his delicious looking cupcakes. Jonathan O’Reilly, the only Irish spicy sauce maker in Germany, impressed visitors with his ten types of Crazy Bastard Sauce. Some kinds are so spicy they can wake the dead or almost kill the living.

But entrepreneurs like them can be found elsewhere in Germany too, or at the Green Week, such as Zyanya Zavaleta from Mexico. She founded Yolotl, her own Bavaria-based business. Mexican sauces, marmalade and other products can be purchased from her. All of them are self-made and contain original Mexican ingredients only.

Brandenburg Gate Made of Chocolate

The Dutch brought their tulips, the Bavarians their cheese Spaetzle, the Czechs and Hungarians their sausage, the Bulgarians their rose tincture which they sell as rose oil, and the Swiss came with excellent products too. They seemed to be refraining from making cheese fondue again, because of the smell, but offered other delicious food.

Rober Rausch, who owns a chocolate factory in Berlin, brought Brandenburg Gate to the Green Week. It took him and two helpers 350 hours and 485 kilos of chocolate to build the attraction. He told The Berlin Spectator he was not sure whether anyone would ever eat the Gate.

The Moroccan sweets offered looked good. So did everything the representatives of the Green Week’s partner country Croatia brought to Berlin. They offered wines, juices, meat and sausage as well as more industrial frozen food. If there is any Eastern European country that offers a very wide range of delicious food products, it is Croatia.

Live Animals on Site

Because of the swine flu which already reached Poland, no pigs were allowed at this year’s Green Week. But bulls, cows, sheep, goats and chickens were, both live ones and in the form of Schnitzels in hot oil. Gaining weight is easy at the Green Week, where everything, including the Norwegian salmon, is too good to be real. Bon appétit.

Imanuel Marcus interviewed countless exhibitors (see video at top of page).

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