Food+Drink: Autumn Festivals in Stockholm
Neelam Varia rounds up some of the best food and drink autumn festivals in Stockholm to experience.
Autumn time in Stockholm is just a constant reminder of how quickly we are descending into the winter – though with winter comes Glögg so not all is bad. Despite dropping temperatures, there are always various food/drink festivals going on – and what better way to forget about the looming winter than with plenty of food and drink!
Here are some of the best autumn festivals in Stockholm.
STHLM Street food
Following on from last years Street Food Truck competition, food trucks in Stockholm gathered again to compete, but this year, the event organisers decided to open their doors to the public. Perhaps they realised it was unfair to keep all this great food just to themselves!
After the competition, where both Indian Street Food and Heaven Street Food were crowned winners, the trucks opened up for business, and doing so showcased some of the best and most exciting food in Stockholm. The popularity of the event was clear since all trucks bar one (Heaven Street Food) ran out of ingredients. To sum up, clear skies, amazing street food and great music – we can’t wait for next year’s event.
Ah, Oktoberfest. The one day it’s acceptable to drink litres upon litres of beer from as early as 8am. While in Sweden we start a little later, we still let loose a little. No, it’s not very lagom, but it is a German festival and it’s only right that we do as they would do.
Beer is brought directly from Bavaria, and so of course, it adheres to the German Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Purity Law) meaning it is 5% abv. Stockholmers don their Lederhosen and Dirndl, drink beer, gorge on German food while Oompah bands light up the atmosphere to make for a truly fantastic event.
The Nordic Experience
So technically this isn’t a festival, but it’s still a must for anyone interested in food. Throughout autumn, Food Tours Stockholm put on this walking tour, which takes punters through Norrmalm, stopping at 10 different speciality shops and restaurants, who all offer up samples of their goods. Stops include Fromageriat – the best cheese shop in Sweden, Tennstopet – one of the oldest restaurants in Sweden (here you’ll find traditional Swedish fare i.e. meatballs and lingonberry jam), and Bakery and Spice, where you can get your hands on a traditional Swedish cinnamon bun.
Apple Days at Djurgården
Only in Sweden will you find a weekend dedicated to apples. Wicanderska Villan´s garden showcases over 200 varieties of apples – both loved and rarer varieties, which are all on offer to taste. Experts are also on hand to help identify apple varieties guests bring with them.
The smell of freshly baked apple pastries fill the air as guests sip on freshly pressed apple juice and kids engage in apple-based games. At the Spirit Museum, there is a cider fair, as well as a lecture on cider production. Finally, at Oaxen, there’s usually an apple-focused menu and to accompany it, Magnus Ek’s mustard apple drink.
Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival
Now in its 26th year, Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival is a reliably good festival. Because of Swedish alcohol laws, festivals are some of the best, if not the only, way brewers and distillers can get their names out there and Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival happens to be the biggest and, dare I say it, the best of its kind.
There are usually two halls at the festival- the first sells beer, whisky, cider and calvados, while the second sells wine, champagne, tequila, rum, cognac, spirits and also nibbles. There are also special tasting experiences during which experts impart their knowledge on guests, focusing on specific drinks.
And of course, as is the case every year, there are competitions, with companies battling each other in a whole range of categories such as best Scottish malt whisky over 12 YO and best ale.
As you may know, Skansen offers a window into the life of Swedes back in the olden days. Every September (the last weekend of the month), Skansen’s Village Institute throws a country fair, evoking the Michelmas fairs that used to run all over Sweden. As well as crafts and household items, the fair sees trading of vegetables, jams, breads, cheeses, and candies. Traditional Swedish music is performed as fair goers enjoy warm pea soup accompanied with warm schnapps, Swedish potato dumplings and fresh fish from the archipelago.
Stockholm Baking & Chocolate Festival
This one’s for the chocolate fans out there, which surely is everyone?
Once a year, The Nordic Museum becomes a chocolate wonderland – not quite Willy Wonka’s factory, but close. Since its inception in 2002, the Stockholm Baking & Chocolate Festival has been bringing the most beautifully sweet, artisan chocolate and baked goods to sweet-toothed fans from both near and far.
As well as sampling the treats from over 90 exhibitors, guests are invited to take part in masterclasses – so you too can perfect those tricky macarons, while the kids tackle marzipan. But if you’d rather just indulge, relax in the drinking area.