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January 25, 2015

Green Week update: 24 January 2015

The number of the day

The Partner country Latvia has distributed over 1,000,000 samples to visitors during the ten days of the International Green Week.

Full programme on Sunday at the Green Week

Tomorrow is the final day of the Green Week 2015, and exhibitors will continue to present a full programme at the fair. The Sunday is traditionally Families Day, and tickets for two adults and up to three children under 14 are available for 26 euros, while day tickets cost just ten euros. There is a full programme of events on 25 stages in the international halls and in the displays by Germany’s federal states. Celebrity chefs from famous restaurants and well-known television chefs are preparing typical regional dishes. These also include meals for vegetarians and vegans. Bands from many different countries are playing rock, swing, shanties and popular German music. Quizzes are being organised and prizes are being won. The programme on the stages is rounded off with information events dealing with agriculture, tourism and food. The last rounds of the Indoor Carriage Driving Cup are taking place in the Livestock Hall, No. 25, in stadium-like surroundings. One of the most popular shows at the Green Week can be found in the Floral Hall, where visitors can breathe in fresh woodland air and could almost believe they are in the world heritage region of Wartburg Hainich.

Satisfaction from the partner country Latvia

The Latvian Ministry of Agriculture was delighted with the results of its involvement as partner country at the International Green Week 2015. Right from the start with the opening show and 3,500 guests who were catered for at the CityCube, to the visit by the President of Latvia to Hall 8.2, the Latvia Hall, the confidential discussions with the German chancellor and the many other meetings with agricultural policy makers, the presentation by nine countries of the Baltic Sea Culinary Route, the handing over of the Peace Bread to Poland, and countless other encounters demonstrated the depth of its success as partner country of the Green Week, and this success increased each day. On many occasions the Latvian delegation welcomed farmers who are considering expanding their activities to Latvia, and the country’s 115 exhibitors were able to interest importers in many of the more than 500 products on display. These results enabled the Latvian delegation to return home satisfied, and to confidently await the next Green Week.

Contact: Bernd Schwintowski, t: +49 (0) 30 30,100,100, m:

Norway: Red king crabs and blueberry beer

In the winter the giant red king crabs make their way from the Russian Barents Sea to Norway’s Lofoten Islands, where the local fishermen catch them in accordance with a state-imposed quota system. The figure last year was 1,100 tonnes, 95 per cent of which was exported, mainly to the Far East. Weighing up to two kilograms, eighty per cent of these ‘monster crabs’ is meat, a very high proportion, and it is of the finest quality. At the Green Week they are being prepared with salad and cream by Nils Arthur, who runs two restaurants in northern Norway, and they are available here for visitors to sample. Anyone who is thirsty can try a Blåbærstout from Austmann Bryggeri in Trondheim, Norway’s sixth largest craft brewery. A strongly malted beer with complex notes of roasted coffee, chocolate and a slight hint of liquorice, its flavour is completed by the addition of large amounts of blueberries.

Hall 8.2, Stand 107, contact: Arne Rød, tel.: +47 22 00 27 95, email:

A Vienna beer made with ancient grains from the Stone Age

For the past two decades Erwin M. Gegenbauer has been making a name for himself with the production of vinegar. Last year the Vienna-based producer achieved his ambition of launching his own beer on the market, and this is now being presented to an international public for the first time at the Green Week. In addition to the traditional ingredients of malt, yeast and water, he is also using two rediscovered and ancient types of wheat. Emmer was being cultivated 10,000 years ago in western Persia, while traces of the small spelt variety known as ’einkorn’ were found in the preserved body of the Stone Age man known as ‘Oetzi’. They have now been cultivated for use by Gegenbauer in his brewery in Vienna’s Tenth District. The natural, unfiltered beer is made by hand, and each brew, whose number is noted on the paper-wrapped litre bottles, has its own individual taste. This beer from Vienna can be recommended for each stage of a good meal, from the starter to the dessert. For this reason it is not drunk from a traditional beer glass but from a wine goblet.

Hall 15.1, Stand 104, contact: Werner M. Gegenbauer, t: +43 1 6041088, m:

Peru: an adventure in the world of flavours

Visitors to the Peruvian stand at the Green Week cannot help noticing the sign that says ‘Piraña’. “Piraña is a new cocktail creation”, announces the owner of the stand, Miguel Gonzales Ortega, with a smile. This cocktail consists of a liquid obtained from boiled, black maize, and from grapes and the typical Peruvian spirit Pisco. It is this unusual combination that gives Piraña its distinctive purple colour. There has been a dispute for several years between Chile and Peru about who actually has the rights to the name Pisco. They only came to an agreement five years ago, whereby both of them can refer to Pisco as a local speciality, but only Peru is allowed to export it to Europe, according to Ortega. Peruvian Pisco is available in every possible variety on Ortega’s stand. In addition to several other cocktails the stand is also offering a typical local dish known as ‘Tamales’. Tamales are traditionally made with maize, meat, raisins, olives and tomatoes, and wrapped in banana leaves.

Hall 16, Stand 107, contact: Miguel Gonzales Ortega, t: 030 417 299 57;