Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival has decided to commit to two relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals because we, as Denmark's most well-attended (and best, if we say so ourselves) food festival, have a responsibility and a unique opportunity to highlight and address sustainability issues surrounding food and gastronomy.

For 2018, we have chosen two different focus areas. Goal 5: Gender Equality and Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. You can read more about our commitment here:

Food Waste - target 12.3

Danish households discard 260,000 tonnes of food each year. Retail 163,000 tonnes, hotels and restaurants 29,000 tonnes, institutions and large kitchens 31,000 tonnes, primary production 100,000 tonnes and the food industry 133,000 tonnes. In total, we throw out more than 700,000 tonnes of edible food in Denmark (Ministry of Environment, Government's Strategy for Waste Prevention "Denmark without waste II").

Food waste is thus an area where consumers, industry, production and gastronomy alike can make a huge difference by changing their habits, practices and attitudes. This is something we want to address with our partners and organisers and we will encourage all our stakeholders to work with Target 12.3:

‘By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses’


To strengthen the festivals over all focus on preventing food waste we have made a collaboration with gastro cultural Rub & Stub. Rub & Stub works on a daily basis for a more sustainable food culture especially when it comes to waste of food and big food experiences.

Rub & Stub will give practical advice through presentations, workshops and instructions on reduction of food waste for festival actors.

Other than that Rub & Stub will also themselves be at the Frederiksberg Høstfest, where they will be demonstrating how to make a feast out of surplus food.

Gender Equality - target 5.5

There are many skilled women in gastronomy and food, but at the leadership level, the industry is still very male dominated. Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival will work for increased gender equality in the food industry, especially gastronomy, by creating a platform for empowering and showcasing the world's most skilled women. To do so we are committed to working to realise Target 5.5:

'Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life'

Our goal is to have an equal number of men and women among the speakers, judges, chefs, etc., who are engaged in the festival’s own events. In addition, we will support events that focus on women, and will gather a group of the world's most talented women in food to discuss the issue and how to drive gender equality in kitchens.