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Trøndelag food and brewery festival, Trondheim .
Photo: Wil Lee-Wright / Oi! Trøndersk Mat og Drikke AS
Trøndelag food and brewery festival, Trondheim .
Photo: Wil Lee-Wright / Oi! Trøndersk Mat og Drikke AS

A foodie’s guide to Norway’s top 5 food festivals

"I think there are several reasons for the growing interest in food, especially local food. More and more people are concerned with what they eat. We want quality products as well as knowledge about the roots and history of the food we buy. We travel more, discover new regions and their culture. And with that comes an interest in local specialities," says Aslaug Rustad, CEO of Oi! Trøndersk Mat og Drikke.

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 numerous several food festivals during her career. Check out her top five food festival recommendations below.

1. Trøndelag Food Festival and Trondheim Brewery festival

“My personal favourite with more than 150 stands. The festivals take place in the centre of Trondheim in Trøndelag,” says Rustad.

Trøndelag Food Festival and Trondheim Brewery Festival are a party for both grown-ups and children, which are held in Trondheim at the end of July. Here, you can sample food from more than 200 local producers, try freshly brewed beer, join cooking classes, and let the children have a blast.

Trøndelag has grown to become one of the most fascinating culinary destinations in Norway and Northern Europe, and was named the official European Region of Gastronomy in 2022.

2. Gladmat food festival, Stavanger

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

The Gladmat festival is held in Stavanger at the end of June. Here, you can sample food from more than 100 stands and producers, and join a variety of activities and festivities. Watch new and well-known chefs compete, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and feel the summer vibes.

3. Matstreif food festival, Oslo

“At Matstreif, Norway’s largest food festival, you can try delicious specialities from all over the country,” says Rustad.

The Matstreif festival is held every September at Rådhusplassen in Oslo, where local food and drink producers from all over Norway showcase their finest products. 

4. Bergen Food festival

According to Rustad, this festival is “where producers from Fjord Norway meet and sell their own products in a very charming setting.”

Visit the Bergen food festival at the beginning of September in Bergen, and taste the many incredible flavours of Fjord Norway. Here, you will meet local cider and food producers, and sample dishes prepared by talented chefs.

5. Norsk rakfiskfestival, Fagernes

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

The Norwegian Rakfisk Festival is held at the beginning of November in Valdres, and is more than just a food festival. Here, you can enjoy live music, taste excellent locally-sourced food, learn about Norwegian traditions, and have a great time in a friendly and festive atmosphere.

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