Germany is an increasingly multi-cultural country. For Indians, in particular, Germany is inviting because of the easy availability of vegetarian and vegan food, whether it’s cutter plaice in Hamburg, cucumber salad with dill in Berlin or spicy vegan sausage in Munich, regional delicacies taste particularly good in the native country.
Mentioning a culinary trip to Germany, The German National Tourist office, India hosted its Press event today on the 8th April at Hyatt Regency Delhi as part of the global campaign German.Local.Culture to promote itself as a culinary destination to various press personals with a mix of influencers/bloggers and travel trade journalists and freelancers. The event showcased a combination of artisan craft, culinary excellence and warm, genuine hospitality to inspire potential visitors to Germany. The Press event also saw participation from visitBerlin highlighting the city and its gastronomy.
German cuisine is as diverse as its scenery, traditional recipes and specialities, regional products, and creative chefs – it is a combination of the old and the new, which makes a culinary gourmet tour through Germany so exciting. There is something for everyone. In the wake of the tourism sector emerging from its most challenging years, Indian tourists are increasingly looking at Germany as a preferred travel destination
This is also reflected in the way that restaurants, cafés and hoteliers have met the particular challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic: hygiene measures, expanded outdoor eating areas, innovative seating arrangements that allow for social distancing and screen protection have all become incorporated as standard into service concepts. Germany offers a wealth of choice when it comes to food and drinks: from vineyard visits to guided tours of more than 1,500 regional breweries all the way to fine dining at around 300 Michelin-starred restaurants.
Mr. Romit Theophilus, Director, Sales & Marketing, India said ‘‘there has been an increase in enquiries from Indian travellers for Germany. This is not only because of the plethora of activities available in the scenic country like adventure, sports, culture, food but also because of the multiple experiences it offers for all types of travellers be it solos, couples, families as well as the business travellers“.
The German cuisine includes a huge variety of appetizing dishes from regions like Havelland which is known for its palaces and parks, and its churches and abbeys. But in the village of Ribbeck, (almost) everything still revolves around the pear. Here, the fruit is transformed into specialities such as Havelwasser (a mix of pear juice and wine), Eierbirne (pear-flavoured egg liqueur) and Williams Christ pear brandy.
Or the Larks from Leipzig, when hunting songbirds for food was outlawed in Leipzig in the 19th century, bakers invented a vegetarian alternative for this festive treat. Leipziger Lerche, or Leipzig lark, is made of shortcrust pastry, almonds, nuts and strips of marzipan. To this day, it can only be found in the local area.
The Press event in New Delhi, facilitated interactions between the Indian Press and GNTO, India Team on latest highlights and attractions for the Indian travellers along with a master class and a sit down German luncheon with a mixology session for its audience.