Festival Food Diary: Down the Rabbit Hole

It’s been quite a while since I had the pleasure of attending Down the Rabbit Hole festival in Ewijk, The Netherlands. But I just couldn’t NOT share all the good food we ate. Apart from the good music and fun atmosphere, this festival turned out to be a paradise for foodies! Luckily for all of you who couldn’t make it, I managed to document each and every bite I ate. Be prepared for a HUGE food diary..

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One of the first things we ate was the famous Dutch Weed Burger. I’ve always wanted to try this, since I was fascinated by the idea of a burger patty being made out of seaweed. This burger is vegan friendly but will also go down well with any meatlover like me. The texture is on the soft side, but if you would have told me I was eating meat – I probably would’ve believed you.

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It was finally time to have dinner and we chose for ‘de Visafslag’, where they sell all the fish dishes you can dream of. Right next to it was a small, boatshaped stall from which they sold oysters and poke. We went for the poke, made from swordfish (I’m not sure anymore, though) and served with a cute little fried shrimp. The fish was delicious, but unfortunately was drenched in a little too much mayo for our taste. We also had amazing razor clams in a tomato and basil sauce. I had never had razor clams before and I had no idea how good they were! We enjoyed every single bite.

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The next morning for brunch we stopped by Plenty, where they sell all kinds of Ottolenghi-inspired dishes. We chose for the brunch deal so that we could taste a bunch of different things: an egg muffin, spinach wrap, borscht and slice of watermelon. I loved the idea of eating this selection of small things as a brunch, but was not a huge fan of any of the dishes taste-wise, unfortunately.

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For lunch (or pre-dinner snack?) we had arepas! I was really excited about this one, since I’ve always wanted to try an arepa. As you may have noticed, many of my foodwishes came true this weekend! An arepa is a sort of bread-type bun made of cornflour, which can be filled to your delight. We opted for chicken, which came with a fresh salad on the side. The texture of an arepa is unlike anything I’ve had before, although I described it as bread-y, it really isn’t: it’s definitely a bit tougher than bread. Anyway, we both really enjoyed our arepa and would definitely have it again if we come across it!

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On day 2 we had dinner at a Turkish stall, something we were looking forward to all day. Most people were queueing up for the falafel, but we opted for two lesser-known dishes: manti and gözleme. I’ve written about manti before, since I completely fell in love with this dish not too long ago. These meat-filled, ravioli-like parcels are a carb-lovers dream come true. They are typically topped with yoghurt and some spicy oil, but ours came with yoghurt and a tomato sauce this time. Loved it! The gözleme was made right in front of our eyes, which made it extra special – it is sort of a spinach and feta-filled flatbread. Eating it fresh and warm was lovely, although it could’ve used a little bit more flavour!

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For breakfast on our last day we waited a good half hour for this French toast, but I like to think it was worth it – the toppings were so original! This French toast was made with coconut milk, which is an amazing idea and something I will have to try ASAP. It was topped with wild peaches and mint sugar. I was especially fascinated by the mint sugar, which turned out – not surprisingly – to be sugar mixed with finely chopped mint, ha ha. Anyway, the French toast was definitely a good start to our day!

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We stopped by Plenty again but this time for a little afternoon snack or two. One thing we’d been fascinated by for a while was the ‘zapiekanki’, an open-faced baguette with mushrooms, cheese and homemade ketchup. Say what?! The combination seemed a bit odd to us, but it was surprisingly good. A little google search tells me this is a popular Polish streetfood! We also went for the watermelon and feta: one of the best fruit and cheese combinations out there. The tiny shreds of basil were a delicious addition!

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A little while later we tried some Indonesian ‘streetfood’: a delicious sandwich filled with sweet, slightly spicy chicken in a Ketjap sauce. Hits the spot, but was incredibly messy to eat!

Last, but definitely not last, we returned to our favorite fish spot of the festival. After seeing other festivalgoers enjoy an amazing-looking grilled fish, we were determined to try it ourselves. The grilled mackerel was served with delicious fries and tartar sauce. We also ordered some squid, which was a huge hit as well.

All in all, we had an amazing experience food-wise at DTRH festival. I wasn’t expecting so much choice and quality, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It’s safe to say that this festival gets the stamp of foodie approval!

Love,

Chinese

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