When the Copenhagen Cooking food festival, which runs from 24 August to 2 September, gets underway, it promises to be the biggest programme ever. Get ready for a gentleman’s gourmet tour, an oyster safari in the Port of Copenhagen, chocolate dinners and heavenly wine tasting.

When Northern Europe’s biggest food festival, Copenhagen Cooking, officially opens at the Black Diamond on Friday 24 August, it will mark the start of more than 140 culinary events over a 10-day period. René Redzepi to be honoured at the opening ceremony The official opening of Copenhagen Cooking food festival offers the chance to sample the culinary delights of Kødbyens Fiskebar (a fish bar located in the meat-packing district), a unique opportunity to meet René Redzepi from noma, and the chance to talk to gastronomic event managers Nikolaj Danielsen from Madeleines Madteater (Madeleine’s Food Theatre), Bo Lindegaard from I’m a Kombo and Mikkel Sander from Roskilde Festival.

HRH Princess Marie will also be present in her capacity as patron of Copenhagen Cooking 2012. Nordic celebration and gastronomic raw ingredients extravaganza On the weekend of 25 to 26 August you can sample new Nordic cuisine when ‘Nordic Taste’ kicks off in the beautiful surroundings of Carlsberg. The restaurants taking part include Kokkeriet, Rold Storkro, Schackenborg Slotskro and Lumskebugten, and from across the Sound in Sweden, Restaurang Rebell, Skanörs Fiskrökeri and The Lodge. Nordic Taste offers the chance to visit different food producers, take part in the Porridge Workshop, learn about the work ethics of staff at Nordic Food Lab and attend a cake festival. Another gastronomic celebration will take place at Jægersborggade on Wednesday 29 August when the street’s restaurants and shops – including the Michelin-starred restaurant Relæ, Manfreds & vin, GRØD, Karamelleriet and Griseriet – will take to the street to serve up samples from their raw ingredients’ extravaganza.On the same day you can help to decide whether a wine from Niche or beer from Mikkeller will be chosen to accompany Kiin Kiin’s Michelin-starred cuisine. Gentlemen and green gardens

If you would like to learn how to become a true gentleman, sign up for a gentleman’s gourmet tour and a lesson in gourmet cuisine culminating in dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Kokkeriet, on 31 August. You can also savour pancakes or dinner at Copenhagen City Hall, experience urban garden adventures, enjoy a sailing trip and dinner at Lumskebugten, take cookery courses or Meyer’s crash course in bread baking, go on oyster or cocktail cruises in the Port of Copenhagen and take part in wine tasting events. See the full Program for Copenhagen Cooking at www.copenhagencooking.com