/ Written by Grace Fitzgerald

If you build it, they will come

photocred: Fia Gulliksson, Food in Action

There’s no beating about the bush with Swedish Fia Gulliksson of Östersund—a woman on a mission. She is all about three things; people, passion and produce. She tells us how she brought Östersund, her regional area of Sweden, to international acclaim through sheer will and determination.

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/ Written by Grace Fitzgerald

Sweden—More than meatballs

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Five years ago, the Minister for rural affairs, Eskil Erlandsson, had an idea. No plan, just a vision. A vision to make Sweden ‘The New Culinary Nation’ of Europe. And people laughed. But this is the vision of which VisitSweden’s Ami Hovstadius is Communications manager. But today?

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/ Written by Grace Fitzgerald

How do you attract the modern Chinese tourist?

The modern Chinese tourist.

In live streaming from Shanghai, Yi Ta Chang of ?What If! Innovation Partners speaks about the Chinese traveller of today—and tomorrow. His multisector work experience allows him insights otherwise not possible. He updates the World Food Travel Summit on the Chinese tourist of 2013.

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/ Written by Grace Fitzgerald

World Food Travel Summit 2013 – Day 1

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The theme of the 2013 conference is ‘The New Wave in Food Tourism’, 4 days of inspiration, connecting and growth for thought leaders in the world’s food, drink, tourism & hospitality industries. 24 inspirational speakers and 300 delegates from around the world are in attendance.

 

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/ Written by Grace Fitzgerald

World Food Travel Summit 2013

Try Swedish!

Last night, Gothenburg hosted the kickoff to the World Food Travel Summit 2013—four days of inspiration, connecting & growth for the world’s thought leaders on food, drink, tourism & hospitality. The opening reception was held in City Hall Börsen and celebrated the ‘Try Swedish’ culinary campaign.

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/ Written by Grace Fitzgerald

Nordic Food Localism

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A sustainable way to live and eat — does it exist? 

This is a question raised by Gabriella Silfwerband of Future Perfect, a collaboration platform with an aim to increase engagement in sustainable living. Based in Stockholm, Future Perfect is working to create ‘conversations’ and is collaborating with writer, curator and activist Jan Åman, the notable Swedish social entrepreneur. Tonight we are at a forum and dinner. Topic?

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/ Written by Grace Fitzgerald

A bit of China in Sweden

If in Lidköping, or even passing, the Rörstrand Museum is now the place to go to have lunch. Eat from Rörstrand porcelain plates. Drink tea from Rörstand designed cups. Then take a fun tour of the exhibition in the adjoining new museum (opened March 2008). This is where you will get the bigger picture.

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/ Written by Grace Fitzgerald

Swedish Lapland in Italy …

Sámi people have had their everyday reindeer ‘suovas’ awarded ‘Presidia’ status by Slow Food Presidia.  Why? Suovas is a unique product found only in Sápmi. And it encapsulates the Sápmi way of living with nature. But what exactly is this suovas?

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