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Ten years as a Creative City of Gastronomy

This year is ten years since Östersund was appointed a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network (UCCN). Ten years that have been jam-packed with gastronomic exchanges, events and co-operation about food craftsmanship. Östersund is the only Swedish city in the gastronomy network, which today includes 36 cities from all over the world.

But what is it that makes Östersund such a Mecca for small-scale food craftsmanship and creative cooking art? We would say close proximity to pure nature, the hearty local raw ingredients, the rich cultural heritage and not least, so many food enthusiasts. Wherever you may be in the city, it’s easy to enjoy the local gastronomy. You can really feel how proud our restaurants are to use and prepare the fantastic ingredients that Jämtland has to offer.

Eat Art Festival, 1–13 June

Eat Art festival is a cross-cultural food festival which celebrates the food traditions of Jämtland Härjedalen with activities for the entire family. The goal of the festival is to bring people together through food, music and culture.

Due to current circumstances, much of this year’s festival programme will be digital – but it is just as exciting as ever! It will also be possible for an exclusive group of people to participate in some of the activities in real life, depending on the prevailing restrictions.

During the first two weeks of June, you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of creative activities with some of the people who work with gastronomy and culture in the city. For example, why not try an Italian pasta-making course with Norrland’s first Food and Meal teacher Frederica Piccolo, a lecture on food and indigenous peoples at Norra Station, beer tasting at Artut, cheese tasting at Tivars or forest-themed evening at Jaktstugan? What’s more, several of the activities will be peppered with culture and music.

Eat Art festival’s programme will be finalised in May and then available on facebook.com/eatartfest and eatart.se.

Jämtland Härjedalen harvest festival, 19–20 September

When the autumn colours are at their brightest, and the air at its crispest, more specifically on 19–20 September, that’s when it’s time for Jämtland Härjedalen’s very own harvest festival. Many of Jämtland’s farms swing open their gates during the harvest festival, and the authentic countryside setting becomes a meeting place for consumers and producers.

As a visitor, this is your chance to learn more about the origins of the food and how it is produced, and buy local food, snacks and other products. You might just go home with a sheepskin rug, a jar of velvety honey, or the finest quality sausages.

Jämtland Härjedalen harvest festival is organised by Torsta AB and Hushållningssällskapet (Swedish Rural Economy and Agricultural Societies), along with the farms and food producers.
Find out more at skordefestjh.se.

REKO-ring Östersund

REKO-ring is an opportunity for you as a consumer to meet and buy directly from one of our many local food producers – no middle-man needed. By buying directly from the farmer, you know exactly where the food has come from and also contribute to the survival of the countryside.

This is how it works: REKO-ring Östersund organises the so-called pick-up times at different locations in the city. The date of the next pick-up time is announced on their Facebook page, and in the peak season these are often weekly. Ahead of the pick-up time, the local producers post their own notices about what they will be selling, and as a consumer you simply order by writing a comment in the post. You then fetch your goods and pay for them at the pick-up time. So, it is not possible to buy anything without ordering in advance.

Sound tricky? We promise that you will learn fast. Buy something small the first time, such as eggs, that you know you use and to test how it all works. Next time you are guaranteed to go home with more.

Contact: Search for REKO-ring Östersund on Facebook and join the group.