WITH Nordic cuisine still trailblazing around the world, now is the time to discover Sweden’s iconic food on home turf. With a whole host of new foodie experiences on offer this summer, from seaweed foraging and open fire cooking through to new culinary cycle tours and quirky bar and restaurant launches, #Sweden has plenty to keep even the most avid food fanatic entertained.
New seaweed foraging and cooking class on the west coast
Catxalot, a seaweed producer from Grebbestad in West Sweden that supplies many of Sweden’s top restaurants, has launched a new seaweed foraging and cooking workshop. Food fans are taken down to the seashore to learn which seaweeds are good to eat, where to find them, why they’re so good for you and how to cook them. After foraging for seaweed, oysters and mussels, the group cooks dinner together from the produce they found. The seven-hour class costs SEK 1,450 (£129) per person. This is one of several classes and events that Catxalot organises throughout the year. www.catxalot.se/en-GB
Get back to nature with a forest yurt stay and open fire cooking
At Nyrups Natur Hotell in Höör in Skåne the focus is on enjoying the peace and beauty of nature – right down to the food. Accommodation is in yurts amongst a beech forest, and everything is cooked outdoors over open fires. The hotel owners provide guests with quality local, seasonal ingredients and easy to follow recipes, enabling them to work with the fire and prepare a delicious meal with flavours of the forest. An overnight stay starts from SEK 495 (£44) per person and ingredients for cooking meals over the fire start from SEK 125 (£11) per person. The hotel is reached via a 35 minute drive from Malmo followed by a one kilometre walk through the forest.
Food and farming at Lindegren’s Nordic Viking pig farm
One farm on the Bjäre Peninsula is offering a hands-on farming and culinary experience, centred around its herd of rare breed Linderöds pigs - an ancient, native breed that has been part of the Skåne way of life since before the Viking era. Over two days, guests will gain an insight into raising the animals, processing the meat and modern Nordic cooking. With the help of some of the region’s best chefs and using herbs and vegetables harvested from the farm as well as the pork, guests will prepare meals in the traditional way over an open fire. Available on 18-19 June, 27-28 August and 13-14 September 2017, the trip costs SEK 6,250 (£554) per person and includes all meals, accommodation, guide and clothes needed for working with the animals. www.lindegrens.se
Become a winemaker for the day
As the southernmost region of Sweden, Skåne is gaining quite a reputation for its wines, with leading experts tipping it as the place to watch. Discover why on a day experiencing the life of a Swedish winemaker at the small-scale vineyard of Frillestad. After an explanation of wine growing and its various practical tasks, visitors are able to put this knowledge in to practice, with tasks such as cleaning grapes, pruning, topping the vines or measuring the sugar content of the grapes. Over a light lunch, would-be-winemakers will enjoy a wine tasting and then visit the winery to discover how the wines are made. Lasting around four hours, this experience costs SEK 600 (£53) per person. www.frillestad.com
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