Sweden’s food culture centres on local produce, but many classic dishes have international roots. This is because Swedes have always had a mentality of exploring and trying new flavours and dishes and incorporating them with local ingredients, making for new gastronomic experiences. Today, Swedes pride themselves on eating as naturally as possible in a bid to look after their health – and that of the planet. Food production ethics and animal welfare are high on the agenda. Hence, there’s an increasing demand for locally made, organic produce and many supermarkets have also started stocking products from nearby farms with the farm-to-table movement becomg very popular. And given the generosity of the country’s natural pantry of berries, mushrooms and edible plants, you could even call this local dining approach “forest-to-table”.
Given this It will come as no surprise that this year, Stockholm will take its place as Europe's gastronomic capital. The year gives Sweden's capital a unique chance to put the city on the map as an attractive gastronomic destination. Over the next twelve months the city is hosting events to showcase their innovative and sustainable food scene and the focus on gastronomic pleasure.
Below are just a selection to whet your appetitie!
Smaklig måltid! ('Bon Appetit' in Swedish.)