September 4, 2013

Festival: Taste of Stockholm

One last summer festival to go before we can look forward to autumn! This festival, Taste of Stockholm, is actually part of a series of gastronomical, fine-dining festivals (Taste Festivals) taking place in major cities around the world. It is now Stockholm's turn this 6th through 8th of September. Unfortunately, the only English version of their website is through a Google translate button (found under the heading "Socialize with us"), which doesn't make for the best translation. But I will try and give you an overview. Otherwise, if you are staying at the Rival Hotel, come by and talk to me for more in-depth information.
Gourmet pizza from Gastrologik!
The festival takes place on the island of Riddarholmen, which is just adjacent to Gamla Stan (old town), and is split up into different sessions. Lunch & dinner on Friday and Saturday and an extended lunch session on Sunday. Tickets are purchased per session and the festival grounds close between the sessions, allowing the restaurants to prepare for the next session. For example the Friday lunch session is from 11am to 4pm and then the festival reopens at 5:30pm for the dinner session which lasts until 10pm. There are three types of tickets... regular entrance, premium and VIP. Tickets can be purchased in advance online (at a slightly cheaper price) or at the entrance to the festival. Talk to me or the hotel reception if you are staying at the Rival Hotel and wish to go!
Top Chef Jonas Lundgren, 2009 Bocuse D'or silver medalist
There are plenty of events, happenings and things to do at the festival... check their program to decide which session to attend. Certain events, like dining in pop-up restaurants require prebooking and cost extra. Otherwise there are several restaurant tents, a marketplace, bookstore, "taste theatre", classes and more! This is a festival for those who are interested in fine-dining, gastronomical experiences... foodies and Michelin star gourmet cuisine galore. Many famous, star chefs from Sweden will be there, including Björn Frantzén from Restaurant Frantzén, Jonas Lundgren from Restaurant Jonas, Kim Öhman from Farang, Magnus Ek from Oaxen Krog, Niklas Ekstedt from Ekstedts, Danyel Couet from F12 and Gustav Trädgårdh from Sjömagasinet. As you see, many of the top rated restaurants in Sweden are represented!
Pictures provided by Taste of Stockholm.

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