At the 2013 European Culture Prize gala to be held in Leipzig on 21 May, the theme is local boy made good Richard Wagner, whose 200th birthday is of course celebrated on the next day.
Klaus Florian Vogt (winner of the Music prize) will sing from Lohengrin, and guests will tuck into what were allegedly Wagner's favourite dishes. The menu comes from a book of family recipes handed down to the composer's great-granddaughter, Daphne Wagner.
He was supposedly fond of rustic dishes from Bavaria and Saxony. Gala guests will be served Bayrisch Creme mit Baumkuchen, which looks more like a Masterchef entry:
Anyone sweet-toothed enough for more can round off the evening with Schoko-Zwieback, originally baked by Mathilde Wesendonck for the composer: