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The Edible Country, Stufvenäs
‘The Edible Country’ is a do-it-yourself gourmet restaurant where the visitors forage and cook their own food in Swedish nature.
Photo credit: Rickard Cullefors/Stufvenäs

Stufvenäs, Småland

Taking a seat at this very special table, you’ll find yourself right next to the glittering Kalmar Strait, dining under prestigious oak trees. Just a short distance from Stufvenäs Country Hotel, the table is set in both a scenic and historic setting. With the sea in sight and one of Sweden's largest oak tree’s nearby, you’ll be accompanied by the seabirds’ song and the whisper of the reeds. Taste the flavours of the county of Småland whilst walking among windswept juniper bushes and blooming sloe bushes.

For nature lovers or royal family enthusiasts, you’ll find several oaks in this area that were planted in the 17th century, when the Swedish King, Gustaf II Adolf issued a gift letter to the crown tenant at Stufvenäs. The winds and waves have greatly contributed to the nature of the landscape and this is evident with the lagoons near the beach. For the hikers, follow old mail roads, railway tracks, rural roads and coastal bridge paths, all denoted with clear markers. Experience Kalmar by bike with a plethora of stops to appreciate the full cultural experience. Find out more about activities and local food experiences in Småland.

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This table offers The Edible Country and The Drinkable Country.

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Eating outdoors
Eating in Swedish nature. Swedish forests are filled with edible treats such as berries, mushroom, nettles and other greens, and they are of course best enjoyed in the outdoors.
Photo: Tina Stafrén/

A do-it-yourself outdoor dining experience

Decide which table and natural landscape you would like to explore and make a reservation. Your reservation includes a seat at the table, inspiring local recipes and a kit with basic supplies to help prepare your findings and prepare a delicious experience.

Foraging with a local guide in the Edible Country, Sweden
A group gets information from a local guide before they forage for delicacies in the woods.
Photo: August Dellert

Get the full experience of the wild with our add-ons

While foraging, eating and drinking in nature is fun, it can also be a bit of a challenge. For a truly fulfilling experience, we recommend you book an add-on. A local foraging guide, a professional chef, bartender or comfortable accommodation nearby will make your visit all the more memorable.

The Edible Country

100 million acres of fine do-it-yourself dining.

The Drinkable Country

Welcome to the world’s largest open-air bar.