Eating Antwerp with Fare magazine
Ben Mervis is editor-in-chief of Fare, the magazine that travels to a different city each issue to report on the food culture it finds there. For their latest issue they went off to Antwerp in Belgium and produced a magazine full of local favourites like frites and croquettes and Belgian beer, but also some more surprising foods like falafel from the city’s largely Jewish diamond district, and lots of other stories that really aren’t anything to do with food at all, but help to convey a sense of Antwerp’s character.
As Ben explains, their trips to the city were completed by the start of March, just before coronavirus restrictions kicked in, and he goes into lots of detail on the way they prepare for and execute the trips. But of course that way of working has had to be put on hold for now, and I was really interested to hear how they’ve fundamentally changed the way they make Fare, trying to ensure that it stays viable for as long as the coronavirus restrictions remain in place.
We have copies of the Antwerp issue available to buy from the Stack shop, so please do head over there if you’d like to see more information and pick one up for yourself. And of course if you’d like to hear more of our podcasts you’ll find loads of conversations with independent magazine makers waiting for you on Soundcloud, iTunes or wherever you normally get your podcasts.