If roving bands of hungry Dutchies are any indication, foodie festivals are all the rage in Amsterdam. And while the Dutch capital has never been known as a gourmand mecca, Het Weekend Van de Rollende Keukens (The Weekend of Rolling Kitchens) changes all that with the arrival of more than 100 mobile bistros at Westergasfabriek, on Amsterdam’s western edge. For a long weekend in May, the former gas factory is transformed into a massive, outdoor café, tempting anyone in the vicinity with international flavors.
Started in 2008, the event is a family affair that includes carnival rides, mobile cinemas and a stage for live music—alongside food trucks proffering international fare. While entrance is free, bring cash to sample everything from gourmet gyros stuffed with grilled wild boar (prepared by the game specialists behind such renowned local eateries as Azur Bleu and Wilde Zwijnen) to French lobster dishes, Italian pizza, BBQ ribs, smoothies, and Dutch favorites like pannekoken and poffertjes. Sophisticated seafood fare will cost you a bit more, but most offerings are priced under €10.
The 8th annual event continues through May 17, 2015, from 13:00–23:00. Westergasfabriek is about a half-hour by foot from Amsterdam Central Station; tram #10 stops nearby. For anyone who enjoys international flavors served with a side of fun, Rollende Keukens is a must. Bring the kids and make it a day in adjacent Westerpark, or spend a night under the stars, sampling exotic flavors and eclectic musical gigs.