All eyes turn to Gothenburg this weekend as the city prepares to play host to the World Food & Travel Summit from 21 – 24 September.
The theme of this year’s summit focuses on a ‘new wave in food tourism.’ More and more consumers and travellers are taking an active interest in local food and produce from the destinations they travel to and the summit will offer tips and advice on how to tap into this market.
During the weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to hear speakers from around the world discuss food tourism and network with fellow industry professionals. Sessions include advice on catching the food tourism wave, information on Sweden as the new culinary nation and investigating the connection between food, travel and the media, to name but a few.
Beyond the daytime schedule, there are exciting foodie activities galore. Monday night’s crayfish party and seafood feast at Kajskjul 8 restaurant in Gothenburg harbour is not to be missed. The menu will include some of Sweden’s finest seafood such as prawns, langoustines, crab claws and freshwater crayfish accompanied with Kajskjul 8’s famous aioli, mustard sauce, yoghurt sauce and much more.
Visit www.worldfoodtravelsummit.com for more information and to book tickets.
For seafood lovers, Gothenburg is the place to be in September for the beginning of the lobster season. Due to the city’s proximity to the cold, clean, salty North Sea, the seafood available is some of the best in the world - in fact there’s even a fish church!
Feskekôrka, which literally means ‘fish church’ in Swedish, is an indoor fish and seafood market offering a huge variety of freshly caught delicacies including oysters, crayfish, shrimp, lobsters and much more.
As well as shopping for fish in Feskekôrka, there’s the opportunity to eat it – as one of Gothenburg’s top restaurants is located within the building. Restaurant Gabriel has its kitchen in the centre of the room, so you can watch your dishes being lovingly prepared, and the well-stocked seafood buffet makes for a fantastic photo opportunity. You can expect to find everything from fried herring to Swedish lobster on the menu.
The archipelago is just 15 minutes from city centre and is one of the most picturesque coastal locations in Sweden. The Långedrag Värdshus seafood restaurant has a huge outdoor seating area with a great view of the archipelago and the entrance to the Gothenburg harbour. It’s a perfect place to watch the world go by and the boats coming and going. Naturally, the menu has a good seafood offering including seared cod, halibut fillet in white wine sauce and shrimp. Smaklig måltid!
Apple cake ”Skåne style” with vanilla ice cream - photo by Jakob Fridholm/imagebank.sweden.se
With the trend for Swedish food really gathering pace over the past couple of years, we didn’t think it would be too long before the first Swedish cookery show appeared on UK television and we’ve just been proved right! We were delighted to see that The Good Food Channel had snapped up one of our favourite chefs, Tareq Taylor, to launch a new programme, Tareq Taylor’s Nordic Cookery, last week!
Skåne born and bred, Tareq is already a star in Sweden. He is passionate about local Swedish ingredients and this comes across really well in the new eight-part show, which is a great introduction to Scandinavian food culture, as well as the natural beauty of Scandinavia itself.
We were glued to the first episode, where Tareq took viewers on a trip to the attractive university town of Lund in Skåne, southern Sweden. This area is known as the bread basket of Sweden, thanks to its rich farmland and produce, and the programme not only showed off the delicious Swedish game and vegetables to be found there but also the stunning landscapes and architecture.
If you want to recreate some of Tareq’s delicious Swedish recipes or find out more about Tareq Taylor’s Nordic Cookery, check out the Good Food Channel website.
Rodrigo Rivas Ruiz/imagebank.sweden.se
Are you a festival veteran looking for something new? Or do you want to turn a festival visit into a holiday? Then Way Out West festival in Gothenburg this August is the one for you.
Way Out West festival is a trendy alternative to the mud-filled offerings of Britain’s festivals. With three stages across the site, there is always a well-known or upcoming band to listen to. The line-up so far this year ranges from local Swedish talent to big name acts, including Alicia Keys, Bat for Lashes and Azealia Banks, with new bands being announced all the time.
As well as music, festival-goers can expect film, visual art, and new for this year, a series of Way Out West Talks, which will include interviews and talks from eclectic and inspiring personalities across a variety of industries. Want to find out why one unconventional Swedish advertising agency burned SEK 100,000 (over £10,000) in public? Want to hear from censored musicians? This is the stage to head to.
Way Out West is held in the light, green space of Slottsskogen park in the heart of Gothenburg, a prime location to spend time exploring the delights of this laid back and low key city, and seek out a vintage find or two.
Three day camping tickets cost 1,895 SEK (£190) and there are still return flights available from just £165 per person. There has been no better time to don wellies and denim shorts and head to Gothenburg.
With its long sandy beaches and mild climate, it is no wonder that Skåne is the place to be seen in the summer months. The water is beautifully clear and long bathing piers are commonplace along the coastline, which makes it the perfect place to go swimming in Sweden. Indeed, the fishing village of Mölle, just north of Helsingborg, even became famous for its baths in the late 19th century as it was the first place in Sweden that allowed mixed bathing, earning it the nickname ‘den of vice’!
These are our top tips of the best places to swim in Skåne:
Riberborgs Kallbadhus in Malmö
Built in 1898, this beautiful old bathing house sits on the edge of the city of Malmö. Offering open air baths and five different saunas, it’s a really popular place for the locals to cool down. The bathing house now also houses a cool, laid-back café with delicious Scandi seafood!
With six miles of fine, white, sandy Swedish beaches and shallow water, the Falsterbo peninsula in the south west of Skåne is a dream for bathers. Think huge dunes and shady pines, with a great bathing jetty. Jet skis and motorboats are banned, which make it an oasis of peace for swimming on a summer’s day.
Located at the far end of Bjäreholven peninsula, these seaweed baths date from 1876 and are a top Swedish beauty tip! Although it might sound a bit odd, seaweed is excellent for the skin – it moisturises, nourishes and revitalises it. The baths now also offer modern spa treatments.
This 60 metre long wooden pier opens up into a 250 square foot recreation room. From there, you can either jump in the cold sea or, if the weather takes a turn for the worse, soak up the warmth in the Japanese outdoor pool which is a constant 38°C. Toasty!
Find out more about Malmö at http://www.malmotown.com/en/
and Skåne at http://www.visitskane.com/
Photo: Anders Hanser©Premium Rockshot, ‘Live på scen 1979’
It is a glorious day in Stockholm and a group of five journalists and I are stomping across the bridge to the City Hall to the tune of Gimme Gimme Gimme.
Yes, we are receiving a couple of wry looks but no, we are not mad. We are in fact on a super trouper mission: to get a sneak peek of the Abba Museum in Stockholm, 10 days before it launches to the public on 7 May, together with the Stockholm Visitors Bureau and VisitSweden.
From the moment we arrive in Stockholm Arlanda airport after a super efficient flight with SAS airlines, music is in the air. There are huge monochrome posters of Anni Frid, Benny, Björn and Agneta and cabinets of spangly costumes welcoming us in the arrivals area. And as we check into the Clarion Sign Hotel, we can hear Abba’s greatest hits in the lifts as we zoom sky high to our suitably stylish rooms.
Our Abba city walking tour is being led by professional guide, Elisabeth Daude, a Stockholm local, and, as you might expect, a huge Abba fan. She shares memories of how Swedes grew up listening to Abba, even if the band weren’t as big a phenomena in their home country as say Australia or the UK.
We arrive for dinner at the soon to be opened, boutique Melody Hotel, attached to the Abba Museum, whose restaurant has only just started taking reservations. It’s already full and the excellent food and kitsch decor provides a taster of what we’ll be seeing tomorrow at the preview.
The next day we set out to get a sneak peek at the museum. Five years in the making, the buzz around its opening is palpable. Builders are working on the final touches, interactive exhibits are being installed and here to meet us is former Abba singer and songwriter Björn Ulvaeus himself.
When the museum swings open it doors to the public in a few days time, people will be able to perform with the band and try on their fabulous flares, sequins and capes, in holographic form. There will be a phone that is liable to ‘ring ring’ at any moment, with a live call from one of the band, and when the piano plays, it will be Björn himself, playing when the mood takes him, from his own home. It’s all very exciting.
That evening, we have a final dinner at the wonderfully inventive yet inviting Restaurang Jonas, and discover a new found respect for perfectly baked rye bread, liquorice infused espresso soups, and 400 degree ovens (all the better to cook beef with, and, as we later discover when we tour the kitchens, recreate that Swedish sauna experience).
The next day, it’s time to wave goodbye to Stockholm, and say thank you for the music, as the countdown to the opening begins.
Did you watch the Euorovision Song Contest from Malmö? If you need a little break from all the partying in Malmö this weekend, why not head to this amazing beach to relax!? Here are some more tips of what to do and see in Skåne: http://bit.ly/16Dv2Ty
Photo by John Sander/imagebank.sweden.se
The winning countries of the first semi-final
Did you watch the 1st Semi Final? One more to go and then on Saturday it’s the BIG final from Malmö in Southern Sweden!
Show off your Malmö! Want to see Malmö residents’ own pictures of Malmö? Or maybe you want to show the outside world your own picture of the city? Tag your pictures #mymalmo at Instagram.
Photo by Silvia Man/imagebank.sweden.se
Photo by Henrik Trygg/imagebank.sweden.se
Not long to go now until Steve Biggs, our lucky winner of the British Airways and Evening Standard’s Win A Plane competition, travels to Stockholm with 49 of his friends!
We would obviously have loved to send you all on a trip but you too can join in via social media and find out what they get up to on their weekend in Stockholm.
The group will fly to Stockholm with BA City Flyer on 9th May and then hop on the Arlanda Express straight into the centre of Stockholm. The group will stay at Clarion Sign hotel and get a Stockholm Card to explore all that the city has to offer.
One of the highlights will be a visit to ABBA The Museum on 10th May. The museum only opens next week so we are looking forward to hearing all about it!
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