Sometimes I over-hype things and end up disappointing myself. Take Karneval der Kulturen for example – I liked it, but didn’t love it. To start off with something positive, the atmosphere of the event was great and it had a colourful vibe about it. And although there were plenty of stalls to check out, most of them can pretty much be categorised into these groups:
1. African food
2. Mojito bar
3. ‘Cultural’ knick knacks that are made in China
4. Over-priced imported goods
Now, I don’t mean to sound bitter or jaded about the event. I went there, spent 20 Euros, and had a good time. Nevertheless, I was really hoping to see more cultural diversity – it is after all a ‘Carnival of Cultures.’ There were a lot of African stalls, which was fantastic as I rarely had the opportunity to sample authentic African cuisine back in Australia. Nevertheless, when it came to exploring other cultural foods, I was left a tad disappointed.
The not-so authentic scoop of curry chicken dish for 5 Euros left a bitter taste in my mouth. And don’t even get me started on the Australian stall with the extravagantly priced Vegemite, Tim Tams, and Sherrin footy.
Complaints aside, the Karneval der Kulturen is still a worth-while festival to check out. This year, it was held over a four-day period on a long weekend in Kreuzberg. I’m just hoping next year would be even better with more culturally diverse foods and entertainment.