Four students at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences will find out how popular their algae-based snacks are at Welcome to the Village.
Translation by Traci White
Volunteers at the Welcome to the Village Festival will get to test the healthy snacks for themselves between 19 and 22 July. The students that developed the algae crackers are enrolled in the International Business of Natural Resources programme at the Leeuwarden academic institution.
The algae which the students used includes essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals and other essential elements. Algae is a promising sustainable food source for the future. The students want to learn more about how willing festival-goers are to accept algae as a food source, particularly as a more environmentally friendly source of protein.
Dutch food industry magazine VMT reports that the algae snacks were the winning pitch during Innofest, an innovation promotion programme that lets groups use Dutch festivals as a testing ground for their projects. The Dutch National Coordinating Body for Practice-Oriented Research – known as SIA – also took part in evaluating the pitches.
The VHL students will also get to test out their snacks at Into the Great Wide Open, a festival in Vlieland from 30 August to 2 September.