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Check out the Norwegian food festivals

Food is trendier than ever. In Norway you’ll find a food festival in almost every nook.

A culinarian or a foodie? Anyway, you’ve got a great summer ahead of you.

Norwegian food festivals are getting more and more popular. That's perfectly understandable says Aslaug Rustad, CEO of Oi! Trondersk Mat og Drikke.

“Food festivals are trendy. A UK survey shows that young brits rather spend their money on a great food experience than a pair of new shoes” she says.

Rustad is in charge of planning the Trondersk Food Festival at Trondheim Square 4–6 August. They’re expecting approximately 200 000 visitors during the festival weekend, which according to Rustad makes it Norway’s biggest market for food producers.

“Especially the younger generations are interested in food and knowing the history of what they’re eating” she says.

It’s the combination of sampling the different cuisines and being able to bring those new ingredients home that makes food festivals so well­liked, Rustad thinks.

Photo: Martin Smedjeback

Photo: Martin Smedjeback

“I think people today in general are more interested in food” Mathias Steinbru in Trobbelskyter says. Trobbelskyter is the company behind the Oslo food festival Gatesmak, 4 June and 6 August. Like Rustad he thinks the younger generations are far more invested in sustainable food production and consumption.

“This development challenges the food industry to create new products, resulting in a bigger diversity” he says.

Heidi Roneid agrees. She is the head of Oslo Vegetarian festival, that took place last weekend and attracted more than 6000 visitors.

“People would like to know how the food is made, and that the farmers are well paid. Quality is important, and we want to know the whole lifecycle of the food we’re eating” she says.

Roneid also thinks the increasing interest in vegetarian food, is due to the rising awareness in the Norwegian population about the environmental impact of the food industry. These days you get information about food wherever you are, in food programs on the TV and food magazines in the magazine racks.

Photo: Wil Lee-Wright/Oi! Trøndersk Mat og Drikke AS

Photo: Wil Lee-Wright/Oi! Trøndersk Mat og Drikke AS

“More and more people have food as a hobby” Mathias Steinbru says.

And you don’t have to be a master chef. It’s as much about being interested in eating and trying new flavors.

New food experiences are exactly what the food festival Gatesmak is all about. Here you’ll find among other things flavours like: american barbeque, Oslo’s best hummus, spring rolls, sushi and specialties cooked by the Tamil women’s union.

“Gatesmak has everything. We don’t believe in ‘less is more’. At the festival it’s ‘more is more’” Steinbru says.

Upcoming Norwegian food festivals

Food Truck Bonanza, Oslo 14 May 

Farmers Market, several dates and places

Aftenposten Food Festival, Oslo 27–28 May 

Gatesmak, Oslo 4 June and 6 August

Smak ­Nordnorsk Food Festival, Tromso  23–24 September 

Norsk Apple Festival, Gvarv 24 September

Food Festival in Lofoten, 24–25 September

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