Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Slow Travel Berlin Event at Markthalle IX in Kreuzberg. The gathering was entitled “A Celebration Of Creativity, Culture & Cuisine,” and it was all that and more…
The program was packed with cool activities and a boatload of Berlin tweeps showed up, such as @iamkosmonaut, @uberlinblog, @smonicats and @chefinberlin. In the morning there were tours all over the city, and two interesting workshops included one on photography mentoring, taken by @NicoleNewBlack and another on sewing, “taken” (not!) by @sebastianvasta. I skipped those things and opted to focus on the afternoon in the market.
The Locavore food market was all about local Berliner goods, and boy were they yummy. Goldhahn & Sampson, purveyor of organic / fair trade products, had a blood sausage cooking demo (which I tried – it was good – but I could not finish because my brain kept thinking BLOOD!), and a diverse range of products like pickled Korean cabbage and authentic corn tortillas made by a real Mexican living in the area. For some reason however, they had a Japanese woman selling sushi dressed up in a dirndle…(huh?). Anyway, it’s definitely worth a follow up visit to their place in Prenzlauerberg just to get more authentic goodies!
Sebastian and I decided to stroll around together, and we sampled some wine from Suff and some moist carrot cake from Culinary Misfits (its okay eat weird misshapen carrots! They taste the same! ;D), and we circulated the venue several times chatting and bumping into friends. We perused the Literary Lounge bookstalls featuring sellers such as Shakespeare Books and their ever-growing collection of new and used English language editions (yay!) from every genre, from fiction to philosophy to kids to art. There was a lot of action for kids as well, fun, messy art projects and very popular puppet theater that we peeked behind.
For me, the highlight of the event was the “swishing,” a clothing swap organized by @planetnatty. I offloaded a bunch of stuff from my heavier days and picked up several cute little garbs which will be great for the summer.
The event was really great, and I hope they do it again next year. My only regret is that I didn’t have more of a chance to chat with the man behind the whole thing, @paulosullivano, but then again he was running around nonstop keeping everything running smoothly, and he certainly did a fantastic job.
Thanks for reading. Cheers!