Bringing people and food together.
I bet it isn’t always a picnic running a Michelin-starred restaurant. Ron Blaauw’s Ron’s Gastrobar is just down the road from our place in Amsterdam, though we’ve never eaten there, assuming it was out of our league and beyond our budget.
So it was an unexpected bonus when our friend Carla suggested we visit Mr Blaauw’s Oogstfeest (Harvest Festival) at providore/farmer Edwin Flores’ farm in the village of Ressen, an hour’s drive east of the capital. For a knockdown EUR12.50 all-inclusive entry fee, Ron Blaauw generously turned on a super picnic.
150 lucky visitors were invited to join celebrity chefs and their students to share a ‘lazy Sunday’. Continue reading
We were riding the bikes through Gelderland this week. It is beautiful countryside and the Hoge Veluwe is a highlight – the Netherlands’ biggest national park.
Suddenly we came across this…
Surrounded by Dutch landscape there’s a farm, with camping facilities, a superb exhibition of African sculpture and a workshop where visitors can learn stone carving from Zimbabwean artists.
The African carvings on display may be deceptively simple, traditional and folksy, but they are beautifully executed, and looked absolutely brilliant when set against a background of Dutch fields and forests.
Naturally when you’re on a cycling trip the last thing you need is a large lump of stone to put in your saddlebag, however beautiful it may be, but we couldn’t resist buying a small souvenir to take home.
Congratulations, Quadenoord Farm, this is a brilliant enterprise and a delightful surprise for us and anybody else who happens to be passing!