This weekend Amsterdam is hosting the mother of all of food festivals: Taste of Amsterdam. At this culinary event you’ll find restaurants, food brands and chefs introducing new flavors or showing you their signature dishes. They all serve small portions of their favorite dishes so you can ‘taste’ as many different things as you can.
I’ve listed all vegetarian and vegan options for you in alphabetical order, making it a lot easier to navigate between all the food that is on offer!
BAUT will serve a vegetarian Tartare di Carciofo. Instead of steak they’ll use artichoke for this tartare and finish it with truffle, rocket and parmesan cheese. They top it off with a cream of pine nuts.
Blauw is specialised in the Indonesian kitchen and will serve Salade Pecel, a vegetarian salad with peanut dressing and fried tempeh.
Happyhappyjoyjoy has two vegetarian dishes. This Asian restaurant offers a vegetarian spring roll and Gado Gado (vegetables with peanut sauce). They also have a nice sereh (lemongrass) ice cream for dessert!
Persijn Dutch Eatery will open this autumn but is already present at Taste of Amsterdam with 2 vegetarian dishes. They serve the Dutch fast food ‘kroketten’ but instead of meat, they’re made of carrot. They also have a real inventive Dutch caprese salad. This tomato, mozzarella and basil dish is served in a very original way!
Vesuvius is a bruschetteria and they serve no less than 3 vegetarian dishes! They have the two vegetarian bruschettas on sourdough bread, the La Bellezza with ricotta and strawberries and the La Classica with cherry tomatoes and basil. They also have a vegetarian dish called ‘cuoppo di terra’, it’s a paper cone filled with deep fried fennel, artichoke hearts and Brussel sprouts served with truffle mayonnaise.
Besides the restaurants there are also several brands present at Taste of Amsterdam, including several vegetarian options. My favorite is the ‘Bieterbal‘ who turned the famous Dutch bitterbal into a vegetarian snack made of red beet roots.
When you’re there, also try to find Chove, for delicious handmade Greek chocolates. And on your way out you can buy some (vegan) chocolates for at home at Arzu. They also have a shop in Rotterdam, in case you already had too much food at Taste.
Taste of Amsterdam is open Saturday, Sunday and Monday June 3-5 from noon to 11pm and it’s held at the Amstel Park.