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Norsk rakfiskfestival, Valdres.
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Food festivals

A great way to experience a multitude of food types in one day. Open your mind – and your mouth – and let your stomach guide you through the country.

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Norwegian food festivals
Summer's great event for everyone who loves akevitt and whiskey - come to Grimstad on June 9th. There is an open day at Det Norske Brenneri… Read more
Akevitt and Whiskeyfestival
We celebrate that the apples are ripe at the horticultural museum. There will be free tastings, quiz, sale of apples and jam, and more. Free entrance! Read more
Apple Festival / Norwegian Museum of Horticulture
Major festival in the historic town of Brevik in honour of bacaalo - a traditional dish made with dried and salted cod.  Brevik seamen's… Read more
Bacalao festival
Norways largest beer festival with 45 Norwegian breweries gathered at the Bergenhus Fortress! Read more
Bergen Beer Festival
Welcome to Norway's biggest Local Food Festival! Meet the producers, buy high quality local products and get inspired by great food experiences! At… Read more
Bergen Matfestival - food festival
Welcome to "Den lille Madfesten" – a celebration of local food and drink – at the marketplace in Grimstad… Read more
Den lille Madfesten
It all started with a simple fishing contest and a dance party in "Grendahuset" a Saturday during the summer in 1980. People thrived and… Read more
Fish festival 2017 in Bessaker
Food and beer festival in Kristiansand. The guys behind the big sucess of Palemsus beachparty and the Kristiansand beerfestival have joined forces to… Read more
Food and beer festival "Duggfrisk" in Kristiansand
Snadderfestivalen is a annual food market in Kristiansund, here you will find Norwegian-produced food and beverage with good quality and… Read more
Food festival in Kristiansund
Scandinavia's biggest food festival!  Gladmat first appeared in the Matfylket Rogaland network, which saw the need to share some of what the… Read more
Gladmat 2018
Please welcome to the 14th beer festival at Stortorget in Hamar! Opening hours: Thursday 31. of May  5:00 pm -  12:00 am. Friday 01. of June… Read more
Hamar beer festival
Welcome to this food and agriculture festival in Hamar. A festival for the whole family with exhibitors that offers food, drink and activities for the… Read more
Midt i matfatet
The Norwegian Rakfisk Festival aims to focus on Norwegian food traditions, especially «rakfisk», which is semi-fermented trout. The festival draws… Read more
Norsk Rakfiskfestival
The Norwegian Fruit and Salmon Festival at Hjelmeland in Ryfylke. The festival focuses on the fruit and berry traditions, and salmon trade, of… Read more
Norwegian Fruit and Salmon Festival, Hjelmeland
Norwegian Salmon festival is a popular festival in Surnadal and there is several activities to join, like: Salmon fishing in the great Surna, fishing… Read more
Norwegian Salmon festival
Apotekergaarden invites you to Oktoberfest. Live music, good food and beer. Date: October 13th. TBA. Read more
Oktoberfest on Aptekergaarden
Welcome to the Oktoberfest in Stryn! As usual with the vorspiel on Friday afternoon/evening/night, and the big celebration all day Saturday with… Read more
Oktoberfest Stryn
The annual Shellfish Festival in Mandal, Norway's most southern town, is well worth a visit. Read more
Shellfishfestival in Mandal
Sola Smaksfest offers delicious taste from food producers in Sola.  22  stalls/ foodtrucks are selling dishes made of food produced in Sola.… Read more
Sola Smaksfest (taste fest)
Welcome to a festival for all who are interested in wine! September 28th - October 1st 2017 Stetten Wine Festival offers wine tasting and courses both… Read more
Stetten 2018
Sour & Bitter is a festival that has existed since 2016, and has since focused on yeast and hops driven beer that gives your taste buds something to… Read more
Sur & Bitter Craft Beer Festival
Traditional food with a twist by Lysverket. Einar Selvik, Ivar Bjørnson and Eivor meet chef Christopher Haatuft for an informal food talk in… Read more
Taste of Nordvegen
Every year the Klipfish Festival takes place in Kristiansund. Dancing and concerts, various competitions, and perhaps the highlight for those loving… Read more
The Klipfish Festival
The traditional Market Day in Bergen will be held for the 40th time. This annual event is featuring old-style market traders and a varied program of… Read more
The Market Day 2018
Tomato Festival is a tradition of the cultural life in Finnøy. Tomatoes are an integral part of Finnøy’s economy, so of course… Read more
The tomato festival 2018
Members of the Cooks' Guild of Haugesund lay the longest herring table in the world. It stretches for two blocks down Haugesund's main street and over… Read more
The worlds longest Herring table
The Trout festival in Moi, South in Rogaland. For more information, please visit us: www.aurefestivalen.no Or Facebook. "Aurefestivalen" Read more
Trout festival
Trøndelag Food and Brewery Festival is Norway largest local food festival, featuring a wide range of food stalls, culinary courses and… Read more
Trøndelag Food and Brewery Festival 2-4 August
"VinHøst" is a small festival in Kristiansand where everyone can taste, enjoy and learn something about wine. The various restaurants… Read more
VinHøst - Wine festival in Kristiansand
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      A foodie’s guide to Norway’s top 5 festivals

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      Rustad is based in Trøndelag, which is known as Norway’s leading food region. She works with local producers on a daily basis and has visited several food festivals during her career. Below you can read about her top five recommendations.

    1. Trøndelag food and brewery festival

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    3. Gladmat food festival, Stavanger

    4. “Here, at one of the leading food festivals in Scandinavia, you can taste food from all corners of the world.”

    5. Matstreif food festival, Oslo

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    7. Bergen food festival

    8. “Producers from Fjord Norway are present and sell their own products in a very charming setting.”

    9. Norsk rakfiskfestival, Fagernes

    10. “I love semi-fermented trout, so to me this festival is simply a little piece of heaven on earth.”

      Why food festivals

      The legacy
      Food festivals are considered as ancient as harvesting from nature.

      Most of the large food festivals repeat their event annually in order to gain respect for the values they put forward.

      A food festival can easily be confused with a party, although the celebration part is fully legitimate as long as the focus remains on the food. A well planned food festival should also promote relevant beverage. Some festivals are solely devoted to humid pleasures.

      The future
      The popularity of food festival is boosted by the growing conscience around local food and fresh ingredients.


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