Scan Magazine, Issue 97, February 2017

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  A Taste of Norway

Photo: Gladmat

Get a taste of happiness at Norway’s biggest food festival 250,000 foodies, families and chefs from all over the world will once again gather in Stavanger this July for Norway’s biggest food festival, Gladmat. If you love quality ingredients, traditional tastes, exciting fusions and great company, you do not want to miss out on this epic four-day celebration of both Norwegian and global gastronomy.

quality ingredients from land, sea, fjords, forests and mountains, and there’s no better place to taste it,” says festival manager Mona Vervik.

By Eirik Elvevold

In her opinion, the food festival’s success is not about striking luck, but about long-term commitment and dedication. “The growth and success is the result of continuous efforts and investments, both locally and regionally. The energy sector is of course central to the city, but there’s also a lot of political engagement in developing Gladmat and the food sector in general. Stavanger is the oil capital of Norway, but during Gladmat it’s definitely the food capital as well,” Vervik argues.

Norway’s third-biggest city, Stavanger is famous for being an engine in the Norwegian economy, but has also developed into one of the country’s most interesting and innovative food scenes. Last year, the restaurant RE-NAA was the first Norwegian restaurant outside Oslo to receive a Michelin star, representing the gastronomic qualities brewing on the southwest coast. This July, for the 19th time, Norway’s biggest food festival, Gladmat 62  |  Issue 97  |  February 2017

(meaning ‘Happy Food’), will once again fill the city with hungry food enthusiasts. “Gladmat is expecting around 250,000 people, including locals, other Norwegians and international food tourists, to come and celebrate food in Stavanger, which has developed into a vibrant gastronomical hotspot over the past decades. The county of Rogaland is producing so much delicious food, based on

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