West Sweden is famed for its wide variety of top-quality, natural, organic produce. The forests of inland Dalsland provide an impressive range of game, berries, mushrooms and fresh fish, while the countryside bordering the Göta Canal is teeming with farm shops selling locally produced fine cheeses, high-quality dairy products, beer and schnapps. Fertile farmland makes the region ideal for growing crops and raising livestock on sustainable and traditional organic lines. Unique culinary highlights include wild garlic in the spring in Kinnekulle, exclusive roe from Lake Vänern in the autumn and fresh seafood all year round. In the cold, clean and mineral-rich water of Sweden’s West coast, shellfish grow more slowly, developing a fuller flavour, which makes these North Sea shellfish some of the best in the world. Visitors can treat themselves to lobster, mussels, oysters, crayfish and prawns, and learn how to catch and cook them on a unique seafood safari.
The region’s capital city, Gothenburg’s coastal location means easy access to fish and shellfish that stand out on quality and flavour. Add an authentic coffee shop culture that prides itself on its cakes and pastries, and Gothenburg is a food lover’s paradise. The city’s chefs work with local produce and seasonal food, preferably organic. Their modern approach to cuisine rests on Swedish traditions combined with new flavours and ideas drawn from all over the world. Today six restaurants in Gothenburg – 28+, Bhoga, Koka, Sjömagasinet, SK Mat & Människor and Thörnströms Kök – have been awarded a Michelin star. But if you’re looking for fabulous food, there’s far more to Gothenburg than that. Gothenburg was named Sweden’s Food Capital in 2012, with the jury citing the vast array of food the city has to offer, its abundance of local produce and high-quality restaurants, not to mention the fact that the food served in schools and hospitals is nutritious as well as sustainably sourced.Read more
A sample of Swedes are living their dream. Their message? Action your dream into reality. Live it. Love it. Find solutions. And actualize it.Read more
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.Read more
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?Read more
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.Read more
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.