In August, Danish chef René Redzepi has become been accustomed to organise the MAD Symposium in Copenhagen though sometimes it is organised on alternate years. This year, the team behind the world famous restaurant noma is organising VILD MAD, a wild food programme with a public festival in Copenhagen on Sunday 27 August. And for people who will not be in the Danish capital on that day, the team behind noma is encouraging people to find a local expert anywhere in the world and try out foraging for the first time.
The VILD MAD team say that if you are in Copenhagen that weekend they would love to see you there because entry to is free and the event is aimed for the general public.
It will be a day of foraging, sampling wild food and enjoying the outdoors in the company of rangers and chefs in Naturpark Amager (Amager Fælled).
Visitors to the festival will be able to wander the trails, snack on and sip wild flavors, or bring their own picnic to enjoy with friends and family. While most activities are free and open to all, some foraging trips and a final dinner are ticketed. If you’re interested in the ticketed events, you can find information on the programme and tickets here.
Three marked trails meander across three different landscapes – the open meadow, the waterway, and the forest. On the open meadow trail, you’ll encounter Byhøst and taste insects with Vildt. On the forest trail, taste apple cider from Æblerov and meet Rødder. On the waterways trail, sample edible seaweeds from Anita Dietz and learn about shellfish with Roddie Sloan. There’s much more to discover on each trail, so pick up a map at the Festival and explore the wild. This part of the event is free.
The VILD MAD app, which was launched earlier this year, is your key to keeping nature at your fingertips – download it for free, and use it throughout the day as a guide to wild food.
Rosio Sanchez of Hija de Sanchez brings the flavors of her authentic Mexican kitchen to Amager Fælled and will serve a light meal infused with wild and seasonal scents and tastes.
Søren Krogh of S T O R K and a troupe of bartenders from Balderdash, Ruby, Lidkøb, and Blüme serve up cocktails and mocktails inspired by the land, and pour natural wine and the VILD MAD Festival beer brewed especially for the occasion.
Young foragers and children will enjoy tastings, workshops, foraging trips, cooking classes, and wild food quizzes and games for free.
VILD MAD Festival is all about experiencing the complete journey from nature through kitchen to table. We have combined these three elements in a specially curated event that you can book in advance. Join a team of rangers and two chefs on a special walk through the Danish landscape.
In the forest you will be able to meet Rasmus Kofoed of Geranium and Mark Lundgaard of Kong Hans. In the open meadow you will be in the company of Jakob Mielcke of Mielcke & Hurtigkarl and Philipp Inreiter of Slurp Ramen. Along the waterways, Matt Orlando of Amass and Karlos Ponte of Taller will guide you.
Groups are first guided into the landscape by rangers, then they move into a simple field kitchen, where participants will work with wild edibles and learn how to use them in the kitchen. Finally, the two chefs will each serve their culinary interpretation of the landscape, acompanied by bread, drinks, and a small dessert.