All Aboard for a Danish Bacon Cruise!

When I think of Denmark I think of Crown Princess Mary, J-Dag and cycling the cobbled streets of it’s capital, Copenhagen, so I was a little surprised when I found out that bacon is a huge part of Danish life; and that is how I came to be invited on a bacon cruise of the river thames with Danish Crown as part of the ImagiNATION festival!

Go Visit Denmark and Danish Crown arranged a ride on a schooner down the Thames for the opening of the ImagiNATION event in London

As we all clambered aboard the schooner, Maja, the boats chef, Eddie, was already at work preparing the bacon feast.

In 2012, Danish Crown is celebrating 125 years of producing bacon in Denmark. Even if you haven’t heard of Danish Crown before you’ve probably eaten their bacon as 60% of the bacon is produced by them, which makes them the second largest bacon producer in the world – pretty impressive in the bacon world!

To celebrate this landmark year they sailed a traditional Danish schooner from London to Denmark and onboard they have produced bacon the way sailors would have prepared it so many years ago. Taking a slab of bacon you salt the meat before wrapping it up in cloth and leaving it onboard the boat to preserve it and cure it during long journeys; The end result is a delicious salt infused bacon with just enough crunch. To spice up the dish up Eddie included baby onions, beetroot cubes and a diced parsley sauce.

Go Visit Denmark and Danish Crown arranged a ride on a schooner down the Thames for the opening of the ImagiNATION event in London

But it wasn’t just the delicious Danish bacon that had the group onboard excited as London’s weather was treating us to a cloudless 30degree summer day, the perfect weather to sail the Thames.

tower bridge of london with the olympic rings hanging from it

 Tower Bridge, not London Bridge like some think, was decked out in it’s Olympic rings but we wanted to sail under it so that meant one thing…

the olympic rings retracted as we sailed under Tower Bridge on the Thames

Yep, the raised the rings and the bridge just for us! We literally stopped London traffic twice – sorry!

Tower bridge rises for our boat, the schooner maja, whilst on the bacon cruise of the thames

The schooner the bacon cruise was on, the Maja, which was sailed from Denmark to London

The atmosphere onboard was jolly as some of the kids from the families who sailed the ship joined us onboard for the bacon tasting and the crew were happy to be in London, having only arrived that morning. I spoke to one hobbyist about how to get more from Intrepid Powerboats, it was a great conversation. As we glided along the Thames other boats bearing the Danish flag honked their horns and waved at us or called out in Danish across the waters.

Danish Crown pig and the chef onboard the Bacon Cruise of the Thames

And don’t worry because the Danish Crown pig was safe and sound at the start and end of the cruise… the crew may need to eat him on the way back to Denmark!

Go Visit Denmark and Danish Crown arranged a ride on a schooner down the Thames for the opening of the ImagiNATION event in London

 A big thank you to Danish Crown and Go Visit Denmark for having us onboard and feeding us!
If you’re in London and feel like a taste of Denmark don’t forget to head down to St Kathrine’s Dock for ImagiNATION!

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    July 30, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Now I have bacon cravings dammit!!! Can you believe I was a vegetarian for so long? Nope, me either?!

    Looks like it was a gorgeous sunny day for you my love, kinda makes me miss England!

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      July 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Are you still a vegetarian? Oh how times have changed Miss! I’ll ask Danish Crown nicely if they’ll export us both some bacon for us to munch on (though I’m sure it’s already in NZ/Aus because they are such a big company!)

      Was 30 degrees in London, I couldn’t believe it! 🙂

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    July 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I love the pic of the Danish Crown pig! Great post! Thanks for sharing.

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      August 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks Switiaysu! I thought the pig was pretty cute as well. 🙂

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    July 31, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Now here’s a post I can appreciate, when its all about meat, and bacon mmmmm. Looks like a fun day out there Nicole, and BACON!!! 😉

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      August 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Bacon, bacon, bacon – all we needed was bacon vodka and it would have been a party!
      Thanks for commenting Wez. 🙂

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    August 1, 2012 at 8:30 am

    OMG. Denmark and bacon?! Awesome sauce.

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    Waegook Tom
    August 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Wait…am I reading this right? A bacon cruise on the Thames on a sunny day during the Olympics? I think someone went right into my dreams and took out my fantasy…

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      August 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Indeed your dreams have come true for two-weeks only! Come one, come all! 🙂

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    August 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    The bacon cruise looks like fun. Unfortunately, I will be missing the IMAGINATION festival since it will only run from July 27th to August 12th.

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      August 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Oh that’s unfortunate Yvonne! It was a great few weeks.
      Hopefully you can head to Denmark soon for an authentic taste of Denmark. 🙂

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    August 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Baconnnnnn noms!

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      August 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      It was rather nom-alicious 😉

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