Berlin Slow Food Movement

The Slow Food Movement isn’t particularly new, but it is constantly growing and spreading over the world.

The philosophy behind it is simple, and is based on the idea that food should be:

• GOOD: a fresh and flavorsome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of the local culture.
• CLEAN: food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or human health.
• FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers.


Although the movement started in Italy in 1986, Berlin is today one of the epicenters for the slow food movement. The old market halls have again come to life with creative people from all over the world moving in to trade organic goods and create and serve innovative food.

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What would Berlin would be without a great party? The world famous clubbing metropolis knows how to turn anything in to a fest – and have find a way to incorporate even the food movement. The Slow food Youth Germany organizes a yearly “Chopping Disco”(Schnippel disko), where hundreds of people get together to chop tons of vegetables, accompanied by live DJ’s and a culinary crew that later cooks all the chopped up goodies.

Chopping DiscoA giant bear(?) stirring the soup at the Schnippel Disco 2014


The local kitchen in Berlin has always been shaped by foreign influences and inspiration, mainly due to its history of immigration. Everyone from the Huguenots in 1600 to the Turkish and Vietnamese people during the 20th century has helped to characterize the Berliners culinary self-conception to what it is today.

Nowadays Berlin is not only the capitol of haute cuisine in Germany, but also a place of new and creative culinary ideas where young and creative people from all over the world come to gain self-fulfillment.

If you are interested in a first-hand experience of the culinary Berlin we suggest you take our Culinary Berlin Tour next time you’re in town. You will get to try the whole range of food culture in Berlin, from the famous Currywurst to the organic markets.


And, if you are interested in slow food, here are a few quick tips on how to get started:

1. Understand slow food philosophy. Slow food is about more than food, it also connects ethical, political environmental and spiritual elements. Take the time to cook good food and learn about the damages fast food has on our health, environment and cultural food traditions.

2. Start cooking – throw away the ready-made and processed food, dust of your grandmother’s old cookbook and get cooking.

3. Shop locally and seasonal- Buy vegetables and fruit form your local famers market. Not only will they taste better, they also have a lower impact on the environment since it has not been transported long ways. Plus you know where its coming from.

4. Avoid genetically modified food and buy as much organic food as possible.

5. Share your home cooked meals. Not everyone has the time and ability to cook. So share your meals and cooking knowledge with your friends and neighbours. And who know, you might also make some new great friends on the way.

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