Yumm Festival Kirchberg took place at the ultramodern side of Luxembourg on the plateau of Kirchberg. Place de l’Europe surrounded by trendy buildings of Kirchberg which houses, European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL) and the Philharmonie Luxembourg to name the few.
Five food trucks was elected to participate on this event, to present the culinary culture and diversity of Europe – Kitchen box by so food unlimited from Luxembourg, L’échappée belle representing France, Bammm BQ & Rotisserie representing Germany, Nina Nina representing Belgium and Cravin Cajun’s representing Netherlands – giving a chance for people to eat and vote as they were competing for YUMM Festival Kirchberg Public Choice Award.
Obviously food festival wouldn’t be complete without drink so the non-competing Birrabus from Italy providing crafts beer in an eye grabbing yellow truck and a wine bar little stall by La Table du Belvédère providing superb wins.
My Ethiopian Gastronomic Journey
The colorful setting of L’échappée belle food truck representing France was inviting so I started my Europe’s culinary exploration there. As Raviolis was their specialty, I went for Royans Ravioli (Ravioli, Smoked trout, with walnut oil). The stuffed pasta with cheese and parsley was so tender while melting to a surprise of rich Parmesan cheese. The walnut oil gives it a rich nutty flavor and get the crunchiness from pieces of walnuts sprinkled on top along with the freshness of parsley. Burst of flavor and saltiness from the smoked trout.
To add more character to this dining experience I paired it with Luxembourg’s Riesling white wine from the wine bar stall next to it and turned out to be a memorable European cuisine exploration. The light golden Riesling white wine besides being light and slightly sweet, it took me to on a memory lane of exploring endless vineyards of the Moselle region of Luxembourg.
Continued to the all-black food truck by the kitchen box of So Food Unlimited from Luxembourg. Burger was their specialty and I went for So Pepper which is 100% beef, emmental caves cheese, fried onion, arugula, ketchup and homemade pepper sauce. As an Ethiopian with so much tolerance of heat regarding food due to the culinary culture of Ethiopia – spicy, savory and earthy – I usually tend to go for hot and spicy and living in Europe this is one of the things I miss so much from home. Though from previous experiences, now I know what to expect regarding heat due to cultural difference but still the sound of So Pepper resonated with my soul.
Living in Luxembourg and traveling to neighboring countries, my Ethiopian gastronomic journey is making me to see the influence of Belgium, France and Germany on its local cuisine. So the burger was hearty as a German dish would be. The mild homemade pepper sauce gives it little bit of kick and sweetness from the ketchup and fried onion. Loved the way my taste bud surprised by the fresh, herbaceous and peppery flavor of Arugula. Pared it with fresh fries with homemade mayonnaise a good reminder of Belgian Fries – perfectly crisp and richly flavorful.
Moving to food truck representing Belgium – Nina Nina. In spite of the fact I should go for the Burger as my little background research of this food truck suggested, rather I followed my guts and went for Noisettes de parmesan et sa mayonnaise Truffée (Parmesan Hazelnuts as the French word Noisette means hazelnut) – which is small balls of cheese size of a big nut, slightly fried pared with homemade truffle mayonnaise. The golden brown balls has a crunchy crust and a soft body of cheese which is savory and rich. The Truffle mayonnaise had distinctive flavor of slightly garlicky due to the black truffle which suggests autumn.
Finally a food truck representing Germany – Bammm BQ & Rotisserie. I went for the Pulled Beef with traditional German potato pancake which reminded me Christmas market in Trier, Germany and Luxembourg and Schueberfouer in Luxembourg. The slow cooked shredded beef simply savory and melts away. Freshness comes from raw vegetable mix underneath. The crispy and savory potato pancake adds up for this hearty dish.
Well this very interesting culinary journey through Europe via the Yumm food festival Kirchberg in Luxembourg City was being enhanced with good music as a memorable soundtrack for my experience and my Ethiopian gastronomic journey will continue as I believe Food is deliciously edible cultural experience.