Photo from SWE DISH event in London 2011-09-06

SWE DISH – a great culinary event

Food shapes the Swedish nation, but our nation also shapes our food. At lunchtime yesterday, a large Swedish lorry arrived in London with nine Swedish chefs and special delicacies from the southern province of Skåne. It was quickly unloaded and by evening the food had been transformed into a beautiful and delicious Swedish buffet. Some 300 people gathered at the OXO Tower on the Southbank for the SWE DISH event. Apart from having a good time we all had a great culinary experience.

In the last few years, we have noted a significant increase in the availability and popularity of Swedish food in London as in many other parts of the world. Swedish food is often brilliantly simple yet sophisticated and innovative.

The Swedish summer, with plenty of sunlight, long days and cool evenings, produces fruit and berries that grow slowly and burst with flavour. To hunt, fish and forage is very much a natural part of the Swedish lifestyle. When you visit Sweden you will find that our oysters, reindeer, lingonberries and chanterelles are simply delicious.

Sweden is also home to top-class restaurants run by internationally renowned chefs. Several are found in rather exotic locations, on islands with stunning scenery or perhaps in an ICEHOTEL.

This summer, my family and I visited Petersons Krog on the tiny island of Käringön. We enjoyed the most fantastic halibut – and the view of the ocean was amazing. Just before dinner we all went for a swim in the crystal clear sea. It was the perfect setting.

There are also some interesting statistics. Exports of food products from Sweden to the UK have increased by over 50% in the last five years. Yesterday, 10 Swedish food companies with amazing food products were present. Some of them are already established in the UK market.

Finally, Swedish food will come to Harrods Food Hall later this autumn – another boost for culinary Sweden.

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