This is actually happening – an entire festival dedicated solely to snaps and aquavit!
It’s called Spirikum and it is going down on the 1st of september in a big tent on Israels Plads as part of Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival. with producers present from USA, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
Aquavit cocktails will be served during the day in a bar hosted by Duck and Cover. In the evening the tent will be turned into an aquavit party hall where you can have smørrebrød dishes paired with specific aquavits or party in the pavillion with aquavit cocktails from Rastløs and crisp disco tunes by the hyped DJ ’Fyraftensboogie’
Spirikum is a summit and melting pot for producers of snaps and aquavit from all over the world. The festival which is arranged in a collaboration between Arcus A/S, Copenhagen Distillery and Schumachers saw the light of day for the first time in 2017.
We asked Spirikum partner Sune Urth a few questions to find out what this phenomenon is all about:
Q: Why a festival specifically for akvavit and snaps in Copenhagen?
Sune: Copenhagen sits comfortably as a bridge between Europe and Scandinavia, and has furthermore, in the last decade, cementet it’s position as the centre of a Scandinavian culinary evolution. MAD Food and a growing number of food festivals has helped this. We find it is high time the nordic spirit gets elevated into that sphere. Also we all work in or around Copenhagen, so it makes the planning easier…
Sune: We started last year with a feeling of necessity more than anything else. We (Rasmus Poulsgaard and I) had just written our book on aquavit, Arcus, Schumachers and Copenhagen Distillery had done a show-and-tell at Lidkoeb together, and all in all we had a lot of people walking around feeling we needed to do something more than just… write another article…
We honestly believe the category needs a collective forum for exchange of ideas and thoughts. So this year we start the festival with a BtB day on friday with prominent speakers talking about what akvavit and snaps really is and how we can make it great again.