Haven Festival

Folks, I had a busy 2017 and I didn't keep y'all updated on my doings. Now that I am back in Texas, I want to give everyone a little recap of the past six months.  Let the "Ten Thoughts on My Ten Months in Denmark" begin.

 An incredible shot caught by Lasse Christian as I adjust the spit at Haven Festival.

An incredible shot caught by Lasse Christian as I adjust the spit at Haven Festival.

2017 marked the birth of Haven Festival, a collaboration between musicians Aaron & Bryce Dessner, Mikkeller brewing, and the famed Danish restaurateur Claus Meyer. Held in an industrial sector along the harbor in Copenhagen, the festival featured a rockin' lineup, quality beer, and some damn good food.

Michael got the call from Claus Meyer’s team – they wanted to feature Folkets Madhus as one of the select organic food vendors and they requested some live fire cooking. We were given a large tent and a ton of metal fencing to create a fire ring. We roasted eight lambs that weekend over open pits then transformed them into burgers. Both the Press and festival goers crowded around our pits to enjoy lamb burgers and to snap a picture of the guy with the cowboy hat and rattlesnake boots. 

The going joke that weekend was that I was the second most photographed person, next to Iggy Pop.
 Applying a "sop" to the roasting lamb ensures juicy meat at the end of a long cook.

Applying a "sop" to the roasting lamb ensures juicy meat at the end of a long cook.

 Time to cut up some lamb!

Time to cut up some lamb!

Michael and I also got to speak about the Butchers’ Manifesto on one of the small stages. Michael told the story of how the Butchers' Manifesto came about and I gave short account of my travels around the globe.

Oh, and I met Claus Meyer. His list of restaurant accomplishments is highlighted by noma, which was rated the best, as in numero uno, restaurant in the world for four times. He must have thought our setup was pretty cool because he put up a picture of the lambs and me on his Facebook page.

Claus has already contacted Folkets Madhus about Haven Festival 2018 - He wants to triple the amount of meat over the fire... I might just have to make my way back to Copenhagen for that!

 Claus Meyer stopped behind our tent for a quick burger - I had to grab a picture with him. 

Claus Meyer stopped behind our tent for a quick burger - I had to grab a picture with him. 

 An incredible sunset on Haven Festival in Copenhagen's harbor.

An incredible sunset on Haven Festival in Copenhagen's harbor.