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Ham from Suldal in Ryfylke, Norway - Photo: Hanne Sundbø
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Ham from Suldal in Ryfylke, Norway Photo: Hanne Sundbø

Food in Ryfylke

Find out about typical ingredients in the Ryfylke kitchen, popular restaurants in the area, and food-related festivals.

The local kitchen

Here are some tasty local specialities:

  • Potato dumplings ("komler") with salted meat and mashed swedes
  • Trout and salmon from Ryfylke's rivers and lakes
  • Halibut
  • Fresh seafood
  • Tender beef, lamb, pork and poultry
  • Tasty game from the forests and moorlands
  • Potatoes and vegetables
  • Strawberries from Fister
  • Apples, plums and pears
  • Blackberries from greenhouses at Halsnøy
  • Tomato preserves and fresh cherry tomatoes from the Ryfylke islands.
  • Locally made tomato sauce
  • Suldal ham ("Suldalsskinke")
  • Gong cakes (simple local soft cake baked on a griddle)

Recommended restaurants

In northern Ryfylke at Nesflaten, Energihotellet offers Suldal ham and a guided tour to "tørkeloftet". Here the hams are cured in a drying-loft at Mostøl, 650 metres above sea level, giving the ham its characteristic flavour. You'll find both smoked and non-smoked versions.

At Sand in Suldal you will find Fargeriet Café where the speciality is traditional food based on local ingredients.

In Hjelmeland the staff at Spa-Hotell Velvære uses local ingredients such as fish, shellfish, game and berries in their restaurant. For instance they get halibut from Sterling White Halibut.

An exotic garden and restaurant on the island of Sør-Hidle, Flor & Fjære is located only 20 minutes by boat from Stavanger (two daily departures in season), and well worth a visit. Open May - September.

In Jørpeland you will find a café, a candle maker, furniture and furnishing store and an art gallery at Rosehagen.

A café and restaurant serving good Norwegian homemade fare can also be found at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.

In Oanes Lysefjordsenteret serves specialities like local lamb and seafood.

Food festivals

Tomato Festival, first weekend of August, Judaberg on the island of Finnøya.
Ryfylke Days, first weekend of June, Suldal.
Norwegian Fruit and Salmon Festival, first weekend of September, Hjelmeland.

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Last updated:  2014-02-24
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Ham from Suldal in Ryfylke, Norway - Photo: Hanne Sundbø

Food in Ryfylke

Find out about typical ingredients in the Ryfylke kitchen, popular restaurants in the area, and food-related festivals.

Food in Ryfylke

Source: Visitnorway

About Ryfylke

Ryfylke

Ryfylke is home to the Lysefjord and the mountain formations of Kjerag and Prekestolen (The Pulpit Rock).

Tourist Information in Ryfylke

There are several tourist information offices in the Ryfylke area.

Key facts about Haugesund and Haugalandet

Haugalandet is a geographical region in the county of Rogaland, in Western Norway. Haugesund is its main town.

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