Food & Drinks

The Anime 2017 food experience!

You cannot experience a 50+ hour festival without recharging. Therefore the opportunities for our visitors to power up take the center stage at the Archonia Event Plaza!

We have been organizing the catering for just three years now. In the first year we got a lot of suggestions in our online survey for improvements from you. We listened and last year we barely got any suggestions. A few people still complained about the coin system, but most people have noticed you can also use your pin card to pay at almost all food stalls. Some people have not realized that we do not just have 1 Moolah coins, but also 1/2 Moolah ones. Other than those complaints only one issue remained; but since that is of course always the case we could rest on our laurels this year and accept the praise!

Instead of just accepting praise we decided to keep listening and further improved the catering and solve that last big problem: this year you will be able to get a full meal at the convention! As soon as you enter the convention you will reach the Main Food Court, the place for a full meal, where over 10 stands by 6 Asian caterers will see to your food needs by offering curry, bento boxes, sushi, gyozakaraage, ramen, etc... For drinks there is a wide selection of Western and Asian drinks. Some of the stands in the Main Food Court will remain open throughout the night!

Next is the bar or Izakaya to give it's Japanese name were you can get a Dutch or Japanese beer and sake, as well as drink coffee or tea with something sweet. Does the bar close? It is up to you to prevent this from happening!

At the ​Pangea restaurant western food and drinks are available,

On the first floor we have extended the more snack oriented First Floor Food Court. You will now find the Dutch stroopwafels there, it is easy to find as it is between the poffertjes stand and the vegan gyros stand. Of course we still have the takoyaki and taiyaki stands but there is an okonomiyaki stand there as well. Japanese ice cream, bubble tea, noodlesonigiri, curry, sushi, etc... With over 14 stands by over 8 caterers you just gotta catch them all! There are enough snacks to serve as a meal. Food is of course not just about nutrition, that is why we also have two maid cafe's here. One of them switches between butler mode and maid mode while the other has a special imouto café section. Which one has what? We guess you have to try them both.

Furthermore we have many food related events, e.g. the Tea-, Sake- and Whisky tastings and the bento, cake decoration and onigiri workshops. These events are very popular and usually required prior subscription at the information desk and often a separate ticket to cover the costs of the food or drinks.

Special requirements

We do have a lot of choice for vegetarians and even people with vegan powers need not go hungry. Most caterers offer vegetarian food choices and the stands manned by Honkies offer only vegan food, even when it looks like meat. 

For people with allergies: unfortunately we are just a three day festival so not everything is labelled as well as we would wish. You will have to ask specifically for food that is safe for you. While all stand holders know exactly what is in their menu, not all their people do so sometimes they may not be able to answer your question. We apologize in advance.

Payment

In order to speed up the ordering and eating process you will need to pay for the food using festival coins or using your pin/bank card. Cash payments are not allowed.

The coins cost 2,00 each and are redeemable both during the festival as well as afterwards at our stand at other conventions. Half coins for 1,00 euro also exist.

You will be able to buy these coins at two vending machines that accept both paper money as well as bank cards, as well as at the registration desk at the entrance and the information desk at the heart of the event plaza. Both desk locations will also refund you if you have bought more than you ended up needing. The registration desk is open non stop during the festival, the information desk only during the day.

Why coins

People often ask us why we have coins at all if you can pay using your bank card. Well, one reason would be that we do not trust IT quite as much as some people do as many of us work in it. However: the real reason is that coins are the most efficient payment method for the kind of spending we are talking about here. It is simply a matter of speed.

We know people think we are evil because we have coins at all. This saddens us as making the coins costs us a lot of money. Also we really cannot see what is so evil about it when you have the option to use your bank card instead and we give refunds, even after the festival is over!

If you have any questions you can mail them to catering@animecon.nl.

J-POP in cooperation with:
  • Aniway
  • Archonia
  • Bit Agency
  • CrunchyRoll
  • Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Wacom
  • Red Dot Commerce
  • Game Mania
  • The Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands
  • The Japan Foundation
  • NWTV.NL
  • AFK e-Sports
  • VUE
  • GameRoomS
Design & development by Bit Agency