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Berlin Film Festival Rolls Out Street Food Initiative

LONDON — The Berlin Film Festival’s Culinary Cinema program will be taking food to the street this year.

In collaboration with Markthalle Neun and Slow Food Berlin, the festival has launched its Street Food initiative. It has arranged to have six trucks that will offer food to go at the corner of Alte Potsdamer Strasse and Varian-Fry-Strasse during the fest.

The move is part of its Culinary Cinema program, which shows films focusing on food and ecological topics, as well as staging special meals at the Gropius Mirror Restaurant that are inspired by the pics in its main section, prepared according to the Slow Food motto “good, clean and fair.”

“Berlin is a place where gastronomic traditions from around the world cross,” the festival stated Monday. “Over the last decades, the migration of different groups has caused cuisines to fuse as well as changed people’s tastes.

“Markthalle Neun saw the potential of this and since April 2013 has organized ‘Street Food Thursday.’ For this initiative, it was awarded the title ‘Gastronomic Innovator 2013’ by the renowned ‘Berlin Master Chefs’ jury.”

Festival director Dieter Kosslick said: “We have supported Markthalle Neun from the start. Now the Street Food cooks will offer festival-goers delicious and healthy culinary alternatives.”

Beverages will be provided by Berlinale partners: Craftwerk beer from Bitburger, Deutsches Weininstitut, LemonAid, Rabenhorst and Viva con Agua.

Markthalle Neun will also be the second venue of Culinary Cinema. In cooperation with the “Berlinale Goes Kiez” series, Eiszeit Kino will show a film from the Culinary Cinema program on Feb. 14.

After the screening, food that fits the film will be served in Markthalle Neun. A discussion of the film will follow.

“This new event will be more down-to-earth and the ticket prices will be lower — so we also want to attract especially the younger audiences,” stated head of Culinary Cinema Thomas Struck.

“We are very pleased to make the idea of Slow Food attractive to Berlinale audiences with Street Food. We will offer cuisines specific to different countries, ranging from Korean to southern German — delicacies whose origins and histories can be savored immediately. Good quality affordable for everyone,” said Bernd Maier from Markthalle Neun.

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