The Prague festival offering passers-by a taste of Europe
The Committee of the Regions of Europe is meeting in Prague this Friday for what is the largest-scale event of the Czech Republic’s EU presidency. To accompany the conference, a festival promoting the food and drink of various European regions is taking place on Prague’s Wenceslas Square. ‘Ochutnejte Evropu’ offers passers-by tasters of French wine, Belgian beer and a musical programme as well. Rosie Johnston was at the opening:
Rousing Moravian folk music cheers up a grey Thursday afternoon at the bottom of the capital’s Wenceslas Square. It’s lovely, but leaves the majority of people who stumble across it, well, puzzled. The festival accompanies the single largest event organized within the Czech EU presidency but, with posters going up for the market under two weeks ago, I put it to organizer Petr Benáčan that it could have been better publicized. He was, nonetheless, upbeat:
But what percentage of those at the opening would you say were homeless alcoholics, because, as someone who was there, it seemed that that number was maybe quite high?
“Yes, generally Wenceslas Square is known for the homeless people on it. But we were helped by the municipal police and the state police. We tried to move these homeless people on, because you know, when you are giving something out for free then this is always going to attract homeless people. But we were only handing out small tasters of beers. We know this is the problem with this place, but we are trying our best with the police to clear the area of these people.”
‘Get a Taste of Europe’ runs until March 7. On Friday night, one thing to definitely look forward to is Czech band Gipsy.cz who will be headlining the festival’s main stage.