It's Green Week in Berlin - apparently the biggest exhibition of Food, Agriculture and Horticulture in the world. We went along to the food part of the exhibition yesterday and ended up spending the whole afternoon taste-testing our way through europe, the middle east, asia and the americas. So much yummy food on offer and happily most things were available in small "take-home" sample sizes and not just big wholesale quanities. We ended up buying some delicious Italian cheese, smoked Hirsch (deer) and a few bottles of South African red wine. Yum!
I think one of my favourite parts of the event was seeing everyone in their traditional costumes. Lots and lots of central europeans walking around in lederhosen and distinctive Baravian hats. It was also funny to see what product each country or region had chosen as their "thing". No surprises that Australia chose Kangaroo meat in all its permeations. I think one of the strangest products I saw for sale was in the Russian area where they were promoting 'Milsch Konservative Kombinate', which translates as preserved milk made in Soviet-style cooperatives. It comes in a solid block, a little like butter or cheese. Sounds really appealing, doesn't it?