For many days, there has been no respite to the rain in Northern Europe and the rainy weather was threatening to cause havoc with the Summer Fest, the festival to launch summer organised by Inspired Events and Syrco Bakker (chef of Pure C).
The dark clouds and rain of the previous days made way for the sun and the event was organised on a glorious spring day which created the perfect setting for a celebration to welcome summer around dance, art, music, food and drink.
A very good crowd turned up for the second edition of the Summerfest organised by Syrco Bakker, chef of Michelin star Pure C. Among the guests at the Summer Fest were Sergio Herman (The Jane and Pure C), Gert de Mangeleer from Hertog Jan, Andreas Caminada from Schauenstein and Sven Elverfeld from Aqua.
Belgian butcher Hendrik Dierendonck was also present showcasing his renowned butchery and cookery skills as he showcased his dry-aged beef.
The event had started the day earlier with a lunch at Pure C which included the participation of Sergio Herman, Sven Elverfeld, Andreas Caminada, Soenil Bahadoer and Jurgen Koens from the Pastry Club who joined Syrco Bakker at the restaurant in Pure C.
Summer Fest took place at the Dutch seaside resort of Cadzand on the Zeeland coast.
Guests were welcomed with a Hierbas de las Dunas cocktail using as the liquor that was launched by Syrco Bakker in Belgium and the Netherlands last month.
During the event, there were a number of ‘inspiration talks’ with Sabine Goethals who spoke with Sergio Herman, Johan Cuypers (of Food4Inspiration) and Dennis Valerius (Lazy Monday) in one session and Gert de Mangeleer and Luc Delhaye in another.
The Pure C team were serving a smoked oyster while Sven Elverfeld prepared an Aqua Pastrami sandwich with a twist. Many other catering firms such as Wurst, Foodstorms, Hemelrijk Horeka Total, Pastry Club, Julies House, Antwerp based Vietnamese bus Bun and Amsterdam based Macarone participated in the Festival.
Sergio Herman’s books published by Minestrone were also available for sale.
The crowds basked in the sun, tasted food and drink, including many cocktails created on different stands and relaxed to the music.
The event which started at midday kept going till late in the evening. The following are some of the photos we took at the event.