33 candidates from all over Norway is in the competition to become a local food beacon.
Every year, celebrity chef Ingrid Espelid Hovig hands out a local food award to a person who has excelled within food, healthy diet and Norwegian food culture.
This year the award is handed out for the 26th time, and the theme this year is “Beacon for local food and drink”, with emphasis on dissemination and sharing of knowledge.
“The amount of great and worthy candidates to Ingrid Espelid Hovig’s food culture award 2016 is simply astonishing. Behind every project lies lots of knowledge, hard work and probably a portion of patience”, says chairman in Norwegian food production foundation, Matmerk, Liv Gregersen Kongsten. “I am impressed by the range, diversity and interest so many have contributed with to make local food available for the masses”.
The candidates for the award are from diverse backgrounds from all over the country, which shows that the interest for local food covers the entire nation. Amongst the candidates is Espen Holmboe Bang, who works at the three Michelin starred restaurant Maaemo in Oslo, and previous minister of agriculture, Lars Sponheim.
You’ll find local food everywhere in Norway. Several farms all over the country sell their products in their own shops on the premises. You can see, taste and buy food and drink from the area you visit. And when you come home, you can create your own meals with the same products whilst reminiscing.
Many of the farms combine their shops with banquet facilities where they treat you with homemade food based on old traditions, and further developed products created with organic ingredients.
Organic food production has been an important environmental political goal in Norway for some time, and organic food has really gotten a breakthrough among the consumers the last couple of years.
In addition, the phrase “locally produced” has found its way into the Norwegian food vocabulary. The word involves producing and consuming more local food that does not rely on emission based transportation.
No matter where in Norway you travel, you’ll find food made by local traditions.
The change in attitude towards Norway’s food traditions has been formidable. From envying other nations, to celebrating what is uniquely Norwegian in modern and untraditional ways.
A culinarian or a foodie? Anyway, you’ve got a great summer ahead of you. In Norway you’ll find a food festival in almost every nook.