From the coast to the top of the mountain: Get to know German regions at the International Green Week
Twelve German federal states present that the good is often very close from the 20th to the 29th. January 2023 at the International Green Week. They show the importance of regionality by presenting local peculiarities, traditions and innovations from their countries. In eight halls of the leading international trade fair for agriculture, food and horticulture, 12 federal states from the coast to the Alps present a large selection of local delicacies.
In the ambience of the respective landscapes, cities and villages, there are regional dishes at the Berlin exhibition center near Bavaria (22b), Berlin (22a), Brandenburg (21a), Bremen (Hall 20), Hesse (22a), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (6.2b), Lower Saxony (20), North Rhine-Westphalia (5.2b), Rhineland-Palatinate (22a), Saxony (21
Delicacies from Bavaria
Bavaria is Schmankerl country. Trade fair visitors can experience this live in Bayernhalle 22b: with Allgäu mountain cheese, sausage specialties from the Bavarian straw pig or special beers. In addition, the popular beer garden of the Duck Host, many colorful music and costume groups as well as a Franconian wine lounge. An own orchard special area offers a pleasure trip through the variety of local apple varieties and the entire product world of regional orchard products.
Creative & innovative: Dit is Berlin
Tradition meets innovation in Berlin Hall 22a: Long-established Berlin companies such as Curry 36 and Schokoladenhaus Rausch are represented as well as the delivery service Zoomfresh, which delivers authentic Asian dinner with the help of cooking boxes. Itqan Food has made a name for itself with hummus and Turkish specialties. The modern cupcake pastry shop “Tigertörtchen” also presents itself with its special, small seductive delicacies. The company ORIGO – that means origin – has intensively developed the ORIGO coffee secret with scientists, farmers and plantation owners in the growing countries. The result – very mildly roasted coffee – can be smelled, tasted and enjoyed by trade fair visitors in the Berlin Hall. The award-winning and handmade hot sauce “Crazy Bastard” can also be tasted.
Brandenburg Hall 2023 – Tradition meets innovation
Since 1991, the presentation of the agricultural and food industry, organized under the aegis of the Brandenburg Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment, has been part of the International Green Week in Berlin. The mostly small and medium-sized companies often use the fair as a test market and want to talk to consumers. In addition to the traditional brands and products such as Spreewald cucumber, Beelitzer asparagus, wine and sea buckthorn, new things are always being tried out in Brandenburg Hall 21a: In 2023, two stands are reserved for the startups in the industry. They particularly hope to draw attention to themselves during one of the many dealer tours. The Brandenburg Hall is always also a platform for discussions, 2023 on topics such as food appreciation and agriculture of the future. And of course, laymen and professional artists from the regions are once again contesting the daily program on the indoor stage.
Bremen and Bremerhaven – Innovative by tradition
If you look good when shopping, you will often discover Bremen and Bremerhaven as a production location on many food packaging. The two-city state shows why it is “on everyone’s lips” all over the world and presents itself with its diversity in Hall 20. The sea fish cooking studio from Bremerhaven gives tips on the diverse preparation of seafood and invites you to taste. In the theme year 2023 “GENUSSUFER”, Bremen is dedicated to a wide variety of pleasures on, in and on the water: a historic berth market on the river bank, a cool drink in a beach chair or a colorful cardboard boat regatta in the Vegesacker harbor basin.
Hesse is who wants to be Hesse
In the Hessenhalle (22a) everyone can be “Hesse”. Here, a cozy cider garden invites you to linger and enjoy Hessian specialties: Äppelwoi, Grie Sauce, hand cheese with music. On stage, talk and cooking shows inform about the country and its people, agriculture and food trade as well as regional products with the quality and origin marks “Organic from Hesse” and “Tested Quality – Hesse”. And of course, Hessian food companies offer their delicacies.
The agricultural and food industry has proven to be a systemically important industry. Now it is time to keep the industry fit for the future. The IGW is the appropriate place to tackle this task. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is on the 30th. Sometimes with their own country hall and several districts shape the traditional country day together. From the Baltic Sea to the Müritz, visitors can experience the combination of nature, culture and enjoyment with all their senses in Hall 6.2b. An elephant gin tasting is offered. The “Elephant Gin” is a London Dry Gin with an extraordinary aroma, which is traditionally handmade at the Schwechow estate in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern near Hamburg. The de Prie chocolate bar has existed since 2005. They present the organic chocolate handmade in Rostock, which is made directly from the cocoa bean. New are the MV chocolates, a composition with apple, sea buckthorn and Baltic Sea salt. You can also taste a game meat carefully processed in artisanal tradition, which is refined with spices and local herbs.
Lower Saxony – this is culinary and cultural diversity in the middle of Germany. The federal state between Ems and Elbe, North Sea and Harz presents itself in Hall 20 with a new central marketplace – the feel-good meeting place to linger and enjoy. Regional exhibitors welcome their guests before or after a discovery tour with a freshly tapped snucken brew, a kale pan, a maritime snack from the fish kitchen of our partner country Bremen or with delicious potato waffles from the “potato barn”.
Enjoyable North Rhine-Westphalia
Under the motto “City, country, river”, food alliances and initiatives offer regional and high-quality products from North Rhine-Westphalia in Hall 5.2a. Its regional products are as diverse as the country: classic recipes such as the mountain pancake made from regionally produced milk, eggs and flour, savory, fruity or topped with sweet beetroot, delight every palate. Young startups from the food industry meet rural women who bring recipes around the carrot and report on life and production in the countryside. Spring water from the depths of East Westphalia as a mineral-rich drink and as a basis for the production of regional beers of the “pleasure craftsmen”. The “diversity of regions” is visible through fruit from the Lower Rhine to ham from Münsterland to sausages and beers from Cologne and East Westphalia-Lippe.
Rhineland-Palatinate: Wines, sparkling wine & more!
Rhineland-Palatinate presents itself in Hall 22a as the number 1 wine country in Germany. Along the Rhine and its tributaries, around two-thirds of all vines in Germany thrive in the six cultivation areas of Rheinhessen, Pfalz, Mosel, Nahe, Ahr and Mittelrhein. Viticulture shapes the cultural landscapes in a unique way. Here, the lover of racy Rieslings will find what he is looking for as well as the friend of fruity wines. Around eight percent of the wine-growing area is managed organically. In the wine lounge of the federal state, there are regional culinary delicacies from Rhineland-Palatinate to match the wine. At the WeinWerk, wineries and wine merchants also present their handcrafted wines and sparkling wines. For those interested in culture, the wine lounge offers a comprehensive insight into cultural highlights as well as information on the tourist destinations with a virtual wine atlas.
This is what Saxony tastes like: seasonal, regional, organic
Whether sweet or savory – Saxony’s producers offer a wide range of (bio)regional specialties and culinary delights. Closely linked to the tourist regions, Saxony presents itself as a country of pleasure and travel. The partner region is the association of the cities of Chemnitz, Zwickau and Rochlitz, which will present themselves under one roof in the future. Guests are cordially invited to experience the variety of Saxon regional and bioregional specialties as well as refined sweets and to convince themselves of the Saxon culinary culture in Hall 21b.
In the Saxony-Anhalt Hall (23b), the best entertainment is top-class in terms of content. Special experiences are the changing theme days, in which on the one hand the Altmark and Börde regions are the focus, on the other hand highlights are given to the economy and agriculture of the country. The changing presentations of the universities and research institutions testify to the innovative spirit in Saxony-Anhalt on all days of the event. However, visitors should also bring an appetite, because the exhibitors with a product range from fine wines to fine tree cake specialties make the tour a gourmet trip. One of the absolute trend products, the “superfood” hemp, is also presented in Saxony-Anhalt. Candied hemp nuts tempt you to try it out here. A hemp press also shows how fresh hemp oil is made from hemp seeds.
Thuringia presents itself with about 45 exhibitors, including companies from the agricultural and food industry (including direct marketers), associations and eleven counties, on almost 2,000 square meters in Hall 20. In addition to traditional companies, attention is focused on smaller companies in the industry. Thuringia relies primarily on regionality. In stylized farm shops, the products are offered by producers from different regions in order to emphasize the importance for the conscious purchase of regional goods. Thuringia stands for tradition with a joy of innovation. The joint appearance conveys the diversity of Thuringia to visitors. As the focus district 2023, the Weimarer Land presents itself in the center of the Thüringenhalle and places the thematic focus on “sustainable tourism in rural areas”. With a tiny house, as well as a prototype of recycled off-road furniture for cycling and hiking trails, the district shows trade fair guests how resource-saving and climate-friendly tourism can work.