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Table at Farmers market, Varberg
Food and flowers at the Farmers market at Strömma Farmlodge in Tvååker outside Varberg.
Photo credit: Kristin Lagerqvist

Swedish food and drink festivals for every taste

Sweden’s culinary scene is thriving, with an increasing focus on sustainability. Discover the country’s rich food culture by visiting one of the food and drink festivals due to take place in 2023.

The Swedish food and drink festivals allow you to explore Sweden and its culture via your taste buds. Often hold in open-air settings, you’ll get to discover a smorgasbord of food and drink. The event themes range from traditional Swedish recipes and freshly harvested local produce to craft beer and fine dining options prepared by top chefs. Many are focused on sustainability and innovation.

No matter when or where you visit, or what kind of festival you prefer, you’ll have plenty of options – it’s never far to the next food or drink event in Sweden. Choose from classic and popular food festivals like Kivik Apple Market, attend one of the many beer festivals in Gothenburg or discover a range of food festivals in Stockholm – including one dedicated to cheese. Or why not try something different, like a wild boar festival, a harvest market at a castle, a small-scale food tour by bike or a gin and tonic festival in a historic manor setting. Here are some food and drink festivals you’ll come across in Sweden, from north to south.

This article includes food and drink festivals in:

Food market, Gotland

Gotland is an island full of flavors and aromas, the mild climate and the many hours of sunshine provide the best conditions for many tasty products such as spring onions, burgundy truffles, salmon berries, asparagus and the sweetest strawberries.

Photo: Anna Sundström/Region Gotland

Festivals on tour

Farmer’s Market (‘Bondens egen marknad’)

'Bondens egen marknad’ takes place in late spring and early autumn in various cities. You’ll find vegetables and roots in season, cheeses, meat and charcuterie, jam, juices and marmalades, rapeseed oil and honey. Everything is freshly harvested, locally produced and small-scale.
Locations: Luleå, Umeå, Sundsvall, Gävle, Falun, Uppsala, Västerås, Stockholm, Linköping, Göteborg and Malmö.

Street Food Festivalen

Sweden’s largest street food festival will take place in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö this summer and autumn. Visitors can expect a vibrant event complete with a range of street food and sweet food, beverages like wine and beer, DJs and graffiti artists.
Locations: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

International Food Festival

A local food festival with an international focus and a family atmosphere. International Food Festival brings authentic food, delicacies and culinary culture from 15 different countries to some 20 Swedish cities this year, from May until September.
Locations: Luleå, Skellefteå, Sundsvall, Örebro, Västerås, Eskilstuna, Vällingby, Lidköping, Norrköping, Uddevalla, Kalmar, Växjö, Jönköping, Halmstad, Helsingborg, Malmö, Ystad.

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High Coast Whisky Festival

High Coast Whisky Festival offers whisky tasting sessions.

Photo: Mats Forssell, High Coast Whisky

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High Coast Whisky Festival

Photo: Mats Forssell, High Coast Whisky

Ulvön, the High Coast

Photo: Izabelle Nordfjell

Fermented herring

Photo: Tina Stafrén/imagebank.sweden.se

Food trucks

Photo: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

Northern Sweden

Umeå Taste Festival (‘Umeå Smakfestival’) 

TBA 2023
Umeå Taste Festival is an annual event combining street food, merchants and regional producers, restaurants and breweries with a special focus on sustainability and local produce. This year’s theme is “Finally together!”.
Location: Rådhustorget in Umeå, Västerbotten.

Åre Gastronomy Week

TBA 2023
Åre is mainly known as a ski resort, but during one week in April, gastronomy takes over town. The restaurants will have Gastronomy Week menus and drink tastings, the hotels will have special offers and at Åre Sqaure a pop-up restaurant staffed by Sweden’s absolute top chefs will be serving lunch and dinner. Some of the events will even take place in the ski slopes.
Location: All over Åre, Jämtland-Härjedalen.

Fermented herring premiere (‘Surströmmingspremiär’) at Ulvön

17 August 2023
Ulvön, a picturesque island in the High Coast, has produced ‘surströmming’ (fermented herring) since the 1880s. The annual premiere of this Swedish food classic always falls on the third Thursday in August. A highly anticipated event, it’s celebrated across the island, where many restaurants will serve the distinctive dish with all the trimmings, such as flatbread, potato and red onion.
Location: Ulvön, the High Coast of Sweden.

High Coast Whisky Festival

30 june-1 July 2023
High Coast Whisky Festival is arranged by and at the premises of Sweden’s well-known distillery High Coast Whisky. Expect two days of whisky tasting sessions, seminars and music performances. You can also watch whisky in the making. All by the scenic Ångermanälven river.
Location: High Coast Whisky in Bjärtrå, the High Coast of Sweden.

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Growing food

About seven per cent of Sweden’s area is used for agriculture. Many food festivals focus on local produce.

Photo: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

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Growing food

Photo: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

Chanterelle mushrooms

Photo: Helena Wahlman/imagebank.sweden.se

Julita Manor

Photo: Peter Segemark

Middle Sweden

Harvest Festival in Southern Dalarna (‘Skördefest i södra Dalarna’)

1-3 September 2023
Taste, smell and enjoy the delicacies of three villages in Dalarna county when some 40 farm shops, restaurants, cafés, food producers and drink makers invite visitors to their estates.
Location: Avesta, Hedemora, Säter in Dalarna.

Taste Värmland (‘Smaka på Värmland’)

TBA 2023
This annual food festival gathers food producers from all over the county of Värmland. It can be experienced in several ways: In Kristinehamn, where the main event is held, or through a tasting tour where you go on your own to visit the different producers at their venues.
Location: Gustafsvik in Kristinehamn and all over Värmland.

Uppsala Vin & Deli

TBA 2023
This wine fair welcomes new and experienced wine connoisseurs. There will be wines from all over the world, as well as local delicacies such as cheese and charcuterie. Several tastings will be held throughout the weekend.
Location: Uppsala Konsert & Kongress in Uppsala, Uppland.

Uppsala Craft Beer Festival

TBA 2023
Uppsala Craft Beer Festival is a new outdoor festival, serving up a range of exciting beers and street food. The event is arranged by Uppsala’s largest brewery, Uppsala Brygghus, and more than 25 breweries are invited.
Location: Uppsala Brygghus in Uppsala, Uppland.

Nordic Craft Cider Festival in Strängnäs

1 July 2023
Celebrate craft cider from the Nordics and Baltics during this new open-air festival by the water.
Location: Hornuddens Trädgråd outside Strängnäs, Sörmland.

Gin & Tonic Festival Dylta Bruk

30 June-1 July 2023
Craft beverages and local delicacies in a historic manor house environment during Swedish summer – what's not to like? Some of Sweden’s most recognised gin makers will exhibit, along with smaller distilleries and breweries.
Location: Dylta Bruk outside Örebro, Närke.

Tasteful Örebro (‘Smakrika Örebro’)

TBA 2023
Celebrate Sweden’s national day (6 June) by eating your way through the local flavours of Örebro county. The event has a farm-to-table theme, where some 30 restaurants will team up with local producers to offer exclusive food samples.
Location: Various restaurants in Örebro county.

Wadköping’s Food Market (‘Wadköpings matmarknad’)

12-13 August 2023
Enjoy cheeses, meat, bread and pralines from Örebro county’s food producers and vendors in the historic village of Wadköping.
Location: Wadköping in Örebro, Närke.

The Food Trip Örebro County (‘Matresan Örebro län’)

TBA 2023
Matresan’ gathers around 100 food producers, restauranteurs and entrepreneurs for a joint open weekend. Pick your favourites from the digital map and head out for a food trip around the county.
Location: All over Örebro county.

Stockholm

Swedish Cheese Festival (‘Ostfestivalen’) in Stockholm

10-12 february 2023
Swedish Cheese Festival is a homage to fromage – it gathers thousands of cheese lovers every year. You’ll be able to taste samples, watch celebrity chefs compete in making the best cheese dishes and buy your favourite cheeses with you home. If you’re looking for something extra, book a cheese safari where you’ll get to learn more about the history of some exhibitors while tasting the expert’s favourite cheeses.
Location: Münchenbryggeriet in central Stockholm.

Smaka Good Food Festival (‘Smaka på Stockholm’)

TBA 2023
Smaka Good Food Festival focuses on the three G:s of food: Good for you, Good for the planet and Good taste. It’s one of the world’s largest food festivals, usually held in Kungsträdgården in Stockholm but this year online.
Location: Online.

Sweden Foodtech – Big Meet in Stockholm

TBA 2023
The organisers behind Smaka Good Food Festival are also behind the B2B platform Sweden Foodtech, which arranges another annual event. Big Meet is a foodtech un-conference that gathers the best foodtech companies, entrepreneurs, scientists and athletes from all over the world.
Location: Central Stockholm.

Nordic Artisan Food Awards & Terra Madre Nordic (‘Nordiska mästerskapen i mathantverk’) in Stockholm

TBA 2023
Artisan food producers from the Nordic countries are invited to compete in Artisan Food, NAFA. There will also be a Nordic artisan food market, workshops, tastings and talks about sustainable and future food systems.
Location: Stora Skuggan, Djurgården, Stockholm.

Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival

TBA 2023
Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival has been one of the world’s largest beverage fairs ever since the start in 1992. Visitors can expect tasting sessions with Swedish and international beer and whisky producers, competitions and surprises as the event celebrates 30 years this autumn.
Location: Nacka Strandsmässan outside Stockholm.

Sthlm Food & Wine

10-12 November 2023
Taste, smell, talk, listen and learn at one of the Nordic’s largest combined food and beverage fair. This year, Sthlm Food & Wine will be held at the same date and location as the pastry and chocolate festival ‘Bak- och Chokladfestivalen’.
Location: Stockholmsmässan in Älvsjö, outside Stockholm.

Aptitrundan Spring in Sörmland

27-28 May 2023
Some 60 farms, boutiques, restaurants and cafés all over Sörmland county invite visitors to discover the first crops of spring and summer.
Location: All over Sörmland county.

Aptitrundan Fall in Sörmland

9-10 September 2023
Visit the local food companies of Sörmland county and taste their delicacies, learn more about their business and participate in various activities. Choose between some 60 places and let your taste buds and interests create your own food trip.
Location: All over Sörmland county.

Nordic Food Truck Championships in Mariefred (‘Nordiska Mästerskapen i Food Truck’)

21-22 July 2023
The first food truck festival and championship in the Nordics return to Mariefred this summer.
Location: Mariefred in Sörmland.

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Oyster Day in Grebbestad

The Oyster Day in Grebbestad is an annual folk fest that has become a Swedish classic for oyster lovers.

Photo: Kristina Gillerstedt

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Oyster Day in Grebbestad

Photo: Kristina Gillerstedt

Truffle hunt

Photo: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

Harvest Market at Tjolöholm Castle

Photo: Will Rose

The Baltic Festival in Karlshamn

Photo: Per Pixel Petersson/imagebank.sweden.se

Brewskival in Helsingborg

Photo: Jeff Flindt/ Brewski

Cycling around the Bjäre peninsula

Photo: Louise Nordström Pettersson

Southern Sweden

Ravenous on Dalsland (‘Glupsk på Dalsland’)

26-27 August 2023
With a focus on sustainability and environmental awareness, this local food festival has a packed program with lectures, workshops, exhibitions and culture. In the market area, you can meet local food producers and buy their products.
Location: Fengersfors bruk in Dalsland.

Oyster Day (‘Ostronets dag’) in Grebbestad

2 September 2023
Grebbestad is known for its delicious ‘Ostrea Edulis’ oyster – reputedly the best in the world. The town is home to Oyster Day, where local restaurants dedicate entire menus to this luxurious treat.
Location: Various places in Torgsparken, Grebbestad, West Sweden.

Food Festival Skövde (‘Matfestivalen Skövde’)

TBA 2023
Matfestivalen Skövde’ is one of the oldest city festivals in Sweden with a focus on food, music and fun. One street and a square in Skövde town will turn into a large outdoor food area with local food producers and restaurant tents.
Location: Hertig Johans gata and Hertig Johans torg in central Skövde, West Sweden.

Östergötland Springs (‘Östergötland Spirar’)

6-7 May 2023
The county of Östergötland celebrates all signs of spring – from early season vegetables and apple blossoms to budding gardens and newborn animals. Farms, shops and even castles come together and open their doors during this new event, dedicated to local food and the countryside.
Location: Various locations in Östergötland.

Wild Boar Festival (‘Vildsvinsfestivalen’) outside Linköping

TBA 2023
Food market, on-stage activities and a village fight – the Wild Boar Festival has it all. When the evening comes, a fest is held in the barn with roast wild boar, local beer breweries and live music.
Location: Stafsäter gård, outside Linköping in Östergötland.

Herring Weekend (‘Sillens helg’) in Marstand

3-4 June 2023
Herring is a real Swedish food classic, and Marstrand on the west coast of Sweden serves up some of the best. During the annual competition for the tastiest pickled herring (sill) recipe, you’ll get to try all the different varieties and vote for your favourite.
Location: Marstrand in West Sweden.

Gothenburg

GBG Beer Week

TBA 2023
The annually GBG Beer Week celebrates the diverse brews coming out of Gothenburg and beyond. Beers of all kinds can be tasted at various restaurants and breweries in and around the city. Participate in brewery tours, beer launches and even beer-themed dog walks.
Location: Various breweries and restaurants in and around Gothenburg.

A Beer & Whisky Fair (‘En Öl & Whiskymässa’) in Gothenburg

14-15 April 2023
This fair is the grand finale of the GBG Beer Week and usually attracts 20-25,000 visitors. ‘ En Öl & Whiskymässa’ gathers more than 160 breweries, whisky distilleries, importers and a range of delicatessens, and there’s even room for cider, rum and avec.
Location: Svenska Mässan convention centre in central Gothenburg.

Gotland Harvest Festival (‘Gotlands Skördefestival’)

TBA 2023
Experience the scents, tastes and traditions of Gotland. The island is well known for its large pantry of food products and the harvest festival highlights every part of the process – from farm to table. Meet food producers, animals and machines, participate in workshops and taste your way through the food market.
Location: Gotland Grönt Centrum in Roma, Gotland.

Gotland Truffle Festival (‘Gotlands Tryffelfestival’)

TBA 2023
This festival is dedicated to the Gotlandic truffle and is the finale of the Gotland Truffle Month which takes place in October/ November. There will be seminars on truffles, a truffle market, truffle hunts, a truffle ceremony and special truffle menus at many restaurants in Visby.
Location: Various places throughout Visby and Gotland.

Harvest Time in Halland (‘Skördetid i Halland’)

Mid-August until mid-October 2023
Local farmers, bakeries, restaurants, microbreweries and small-scale food artisans open their doors to the public, inviting you to take part in all manner of seasonal food and drink experiences.
Location: Various locations all over the province of Halland.

Falkenberg Food Days (‘Falkenbergs Matdagar’)

TBA 2023
Celebrate Easter (April) or the harvest period (September) by paying a visit to a farm shop, trying a ‘fika’ at a café or enjoying lunch at any of the participating restaurants – ‘Falkenbergs Matdagar’ is a food festival in a road trip format.
Location: Various places in and outside Falkenberg, West Sweden.

Food (‘Mat’) in Växjö

TBA 2023
Mat’ is one of the largest food markets in Sweden with some 100 exhibitors and up to 50,000 visitors. It focuses on sustainable and locally produced food, and is a part of the event Food in Småland (‘Mat i Småland’) that takes place in September.
Location: Växjö in Småland.

The Food Tour (‘Matrundan’) in Kronoberg

TBA 2023
Matrundan’ is also a part of the aforementioned ‘Mat i Småland’, and encourages you to visit farm shops and traders, cafés and restaurants in rural areas to support local, small and sustainable food production.
Location: Various places in Kronoberg county.

Öland Harvest Festival (‘Ölands Skördefest’)

27 September - 1 October 2023
Öland Harvest Festival is based on the ancient farmers’ tradition of celebrating Michaelmas, marking the end of the growing season. The festival is symbolised by pumpkins and highlights the island’s fine cuisine, innovative culinary products and art with some 900(!) activities.
Location: All over the island of Öland.

Farm Shop Tour (‘Gårdsbutiksrundan’) in Blekinge

9-10 September 2023
Get a taste of Blekinge as farm shops and food producers all over the county open up for visitors. You’ll get to taste everything from local cheese and fresh potato to delicacies.
Location: Various places in Blekinge county.

Taste Bjäre (‘Smaka på Bjäre’)

TBA 2023
Bring your bike (or rent one) and head out for one of the two tours around the Bjäre peninsula. Depending on the tour, you’ll get to visit an organic farm, blueberry growers, chicken producers or a dairy to mention a few. Both tours will get you cycling through the lush landscape of Bjäre.
Location: Norrviken or Torekov on the Bjäre peninsula, Skåne.

Skåne Food Festival (‘Skånes Matfestival’)

TBA 2023
Come hungry, thirsty and curious – at this festival, you’ll get to taste, eat, discover, experience and learn more about Skåne’s wide range of food and beverage. With a focus on innovation and diversity, Skåne Food Festival attracts foodies and families alike.
Location: Landskrona in Skåne.

Food trip Österlen (‘Matrundan Österlen’)

TBA 2023
Sample food from 47 artisans in southeast Skåne and learn more about local trends and traditions. Visitors can expect great experiences from small-scale producers.
Location: Various places around Österlen, Skåne.

Österlen Wine Festival (‘Smaka Svenska Viner’)

28-29 July 2023
Outdoor festival with 10-12 participating Swedish wineries, held in the lush garden of Skeppar’s winery. You’ll get to try white, red, rosé, orange and sparkling wines and sample food by Swedish celebrity chef Tareq Taylor. Take a wine tasting course or stay until the evening, when there will be a barbecue buffet and live music.
Location: Skeppars vingård in Kivik, Österlen, Skåne.

Kivik Apple Market Festival (‘Äppelmarknaden i Kivik’)

30 September - 1 october 2023
A traditional festival dedicated to apples in all forms – in food, in beverage, even in art. Learn more about the apple, taste and buy products made from Swedish apples and watch the traditional uncovering of the apple painting of the year, a huge painting made of Scanian apples.
Location: Svabesholms Kungsgård in Kivik, Skåne.

Malmö

Great Swedish Beer Festival in Malmö

TBA 2023
Meet 100 Swedish craft beer breweries, taste a range of different beers and get inspired together with beer lovers from all over the country and beyond.
Location: Slagthuset in central Malmö, Skåne.