Danish Food Minister visits Danish Seamen’s Church


“I was so lucky to have time to visit the beautiful Danish seamen’s church.”

The word comes from the Danish Minister of Food- and Environment, Esben Lunde Larsen.

From 11-15 April 2016 he and a Danish food delegation went on a export drive to Southeast Asia, where they focused on water technology, food, and waste. Their programme was full-packed with events. On 13 April they visited Singapore, where they followed up on the agreement between Denmark and Singapore regarding sustainable water supply. They also attended the Danish pavillion at the food festival Food and Hotel Asia 2016, where Danish food companies such as Arla, Danpo, Scandic Food, and Royal Greenland were represented. They also visited Nanyang Technological University and Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute.

Luckily, they found time in their strict day programme and short trip to pay a visit to Sømandskirken in Singapore. Here they were greeted by seamen’s priest, Kirsten Eistrup, and volunteers from the church. And even a Minister can’t resist a good homemade Danish meal.

“It is always a pleasure to visit a Danish bastion, when you are so far away from home. I owe huge thanks to Kirsten and the volunteers for serving me tarteletter and frikadeller. It was wonderful,” he says.

The delegation also would like to thank Sømandskirken for their hospitality. And who knows, maybe the Sømandskirken will have them on visit again in the nearest future?

“I have been in Singapore before, and I will definitely return back. It is one of my favorite places in Asia,” says Esben Lunde Larsen.



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