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Fine Food Days

A gourmet festival for foodies

From 25 August to 08 September 2024

“No pleasure is ephemeral, because the impression it leaves behind is lasting.” Who said that? Once again, it was good old Goethe. And he was probably referring to culinary highlights such as those you’ll find at the annual Fine Food Days in Cologne. Here, Michelin-starred and other top chefs from every part of Cologne and its surrounding region spend several days showing off their entire gourmet repertoire of fine dining and drinking, accompanied by a special programme.

Cologne’s culinary festival, which is only a few years old, deliberately aspires to soar above conventional gourmet events by offering a festival format that is innovative and top-class.

© Fine Food Days Cologne /Jenny Rumbach

Culinary events

Sometimes against an extraordinary background

For the gourmets among you, the Fine Food Days celebrate numerous individual events distributed among diverse venues all over the city. Past programmes have featured Dinner in White and a backstage rockstar atmosphere as well as hotel suites and similar settings. Further venues have included the villa of the Cologne Zoo director, the picnic meadow alongside the Aachener Weiher lake, a football centre and top-class restaurants. At this culinary festival, special experiences merge with extraordinary food and beverages to form a joyous multidimensional work of art.

The main events

Cologne & fine cuisine: highly recommended

The final event of the Fine Food Days in 2022 was a gala five-course dinner at the Bensberg Palace, where a Fine Food Days Award and the title Chef of the Year were presented to Eric Menchon, who holds two Michelin stars as the chef de cuisine at the Cologne restaurant Le Moissonnier. Menchon is a compatriot of La Rochefoucauld, who said approximately 400 years ago, “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” That’s the spirit with which the Fine Food Days struts on the annual culinary stage. Bon appétit!

Just one click to the city vacation

Accommodation options for every taste

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The official tourist ticket

Would you like to discover Cologne inexpensively and easily? Then we recommend the KölnCard. The tourist ticket offers you free travel on all public transport and great discounts on art, culture and gastronomy.