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Old Food Tour Goes to School

With support from Stadsdeel Centrum, the new Old Amsterdam Food Tour sprung to life with multiple initiatives. Check out our special workshop and mini-tour with school children and view photos here.

Thanks to support from Stadsdeel Centrum, this spring we were able to organize new and different activities connected to the Old Amsterdam Food Tour. Along with the Old Amsterdam Food Market and new Old Amsterdam Food Tour, we teamed with ‘De Smaak te Pakken’ and organized a series of workshops with school children. On the 1st of May, we had our last workshop and food tour for the kids.
The day started with a workshop by De Smaak te Pakken on food habits from the Golden Age. First, the kids learned about locally grown ingredients such as oats and rye. After, they drew a map of world and learned where ingredients such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and tea originate from. Imported by the East India Company, these ingredients mainly influenced the diet of the rich in the Golden Age. Following, the kids split into two groups, where the youngest made a poor man’s recipe based on Dutch ingredients: oatmeal porridge with raisins, and the older kids grinded five different spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, aniseed, coriander and pepper) and mixed them together to make their own ‘speculaas’ mixture. Finally, the groups came together again to taste each other’s dishes. First, we tried the porridge without spices, as the poor would have traditionally eaten it. Then we added a bit of ‘speculaas’ spices and sugar to the porridge and tasted again. Most kids liked the ‘rich’ version much better!
After the lunch-break, we led the kids on a special version of the food tour. In the area around Nieuwmarkt, they explored what the neighborhood would have looked like in the Golden Age and learned where and how food used to be sold. They learned about the function of the Weigh House, discovered what Dam Square smelled like when the main Fish Market was still held there, and visited the former headquarters of the East India Company.
Find more info on the Old Amsterdam Food Tour here.


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Posted on 08 May 2014 and filed under Projects

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