Last weekend I went to food festival Krachtvoer. This two-day event in Antwerp is organised by the girls from Alle Dagen Honger, one of my favourite Belgian blogs. The festival combines lectures, expositions, food films, workshops and a market with artisan food. The second edition from Krachtvoer focused on scarcity and abundance - last year the focus was on Grond (*soil/dirt/ground/earth).
For me, the talk of Tartine baker Chad Robertson was a real revelation. Bread is one of my favourite foods and I wasn't aware that so many store-bought bread is full of additives, preservatives and even ingredients like sugar. Bread can appear artisanal, but hide a multitude of sins. The secret is in the flour - stone milled grains are a healthier and nutritionally superior alternative to conventional steel-rolled flours. They are packed with minerals and vitamins. So from now on, I'm on the lookout for bread that's baked with this kind of flours.
You never leave a food festival empty-handed - I took home some organic granola with chocolate from Floom, a spelt bread from Domestic bakery and a cold-pressed pineapple mojito juice from Jus Jus. If you didn't fulfill your appetite at the market, you could grab a bite at one of the food trucks. My favourite? The retro Meteor truck - serving the best bacon I've ever tasted, delicious fish rillette and a special dessert with parsnip.
Already looking forward to next year's edition!