The Netherlands are stuck with a big overload of onions. To prevent them from rotting or being trashed, Mediamatic rescues a quarter of a million onions from Jo Flens, a farmer form Texel. In the weekend from March 30 until April 1 you can get unlimited free onions. There is enough for everyone!
On Friday March 30, 250.000 onions are unloaded in front of Mediamatic Fabriek. From 18.00 there are enough onions to foresee Amsterdam for a weekend in their onion consumption. Take your own bag, backpack or bring your bakfiets. Join us in this feast and grab as many free onions as you can.
Over Datum Eetclub
Because the worldwide harvest of onions was extraordinary large, Dutch farmers even pay extra to get rid of their onions. On March 23, the average trading value of an onion was between 25 and 75 cents per kilo. The onions that are not sold by the end of March will be put to rot away under the ground. Thats why Over Datum Eetclub rescues about 35.000 kilos of onions from the garbage bin. A third of the food that is produced annually is lost or thrown away. This equates to about 1.3 billion tons per year. Over Datum Eetclub responds to the waste of food. They previously organized a series of dinners where cooks used marginal and discarded food to cook tasty dishes.
The Onion Fest opens at Friday March 30 from 18.00-20.00. Different cooks let you taste the best onion dishes from their mobile kitchens. Enjoy a drink, culinary onions dishes, music by DJ Aletro and the band Wasted Years of Pumping Iron. Help the mobile cooks to peel their onions and receive a delicious meal for free. During Saturday and Sunday from 13.00 till 20.00 you are welcome to pick up as many free onions as you like and feast of the onion meals from the mobile cooks. Mediamatic FABRIEK is situated on the Oostenburgereiland in Amsterdam. Visit this page for directions.
The mobile cooks
Friday: Pepi Mensink, Andrea Sossi and Robert Bochove.
Saturday: Sascha Landshoff, Tinda van Smoorenburg, Andrea Sossi and Robert Bochove.
Sunday: Mario Alfons, Tinda van Smoorenburg, Andrea Sossi and Robert Bochove.
Over Datum Eetclub is made possible by Mondriaan Stichting, Ministerie van OCW, Gemeente Amsterdam, SNS Reaal Fonds and Stadgenoot.