Deliciously, taking your time, and with a view of the sea – that’s how you eat during the Slow Fest Sopot
As many as 50 renowned restaurants, 150 chefs and culinary enthusiasts, more than 30,000 tasting portions, two tons of the Baltic and Atlantic fish, boxes of vegetables, hundreds of liters of juice and regional beer, and also lectures, workshops, and a wonderful atmosphere of the Sopot Pier. The third edition of the Slow Fest Sopot is history.
The idea lying behind this two-day event is simple – in a magical scenery between land and water, on a long table set along the pier for a low price we can try delicious dishes from the best restaurants of the Tri-City and the whole region. Due to the fact that the event lasts throughout the weekend, when you buy passes with five coupons (a pass is 25 PLN), then you have a chance to try a completely different dish from various restaurateurs every day.
The Slow Fest Sopot is an event that not only promotes culinary education of Pomorskie (and surrounding areas) and the Baltic Sea, but it’s also a great excuse to spend time outdoors and just hang out on the charming Sopot Pier. There’s a lot of time for tasting, and dishes – prepared specially for the occasion – are being prepared in front of guests. Everything is done according to the slow food idea.
Fish – they indisputably ruled during the Slow Fest Sopot. Dym na Wodzie restaurant served the Baltic salmon with coriander, chives and chili and also a roasted turbot roe. White Marilyn offered a smoked herring with applesauce. However, Otwarta restaurant served fish soup from the Baltic salmon as well as salmon steaks accompanied by cranberries and honey.
1611 Restaurant (Dwór Oliwski) soup delighted its guests with a crayfish soup and… its own black pudding served with pork loin marinated in malt. In turn, Rucola secured itself a long queue of hungry fish-specialty lovers with its own salmon shishkebab combined with a salty caramel and a wild balsamic salmon accompanied by a strawberry chutney.
It should be noted, though, that – as every year – dishes served during the Slow Fest Sopot are diverse. Meat-dish lovers gorged on burgers from Delmonico Cut Steakhouse in Sopot, and even amateurs of French cuisine tucked in snails from Snails Garden. There were also proposals for vegetarians – Atelier Smaku served vegan lentil pate with potato-based mayonnaise with mustard sauce and caper or lentil chops.
Many restaurateurs also made a nod towards the Kashubian strawberry, which is on top in Pomorskie in late June and early July.
Yet, the Slow Food Sopot is not only about trying and getting to know particular restaurants and their chefs. This event is also a great opportunity to explore the secrets of gastronomic knowledge. Both on Saturday and Sunday there were lectures run by personalities in this field. Claudia Filippi-Chodorowska, the Honorary Consul of Italy in Poland and a promoter of Italian cuisine, talked about the Baltic fish, whereas Mirosław Trymbulak, a fashion designer and the owner of Atelier Smaku, which he runs together with his partner Jola Słoma, talked about gluten-free vegan style of cooking. The subject matter of the lectures, as well as the culinary offer, was varied. As a result, everyone could choose a specific lecture for themselves.
Slow Sopot Fest takes place every year at the last weekend of June.