LOCAL FOOD PARTY AT FESTPLASSEN, BYPARKEN AND TORGALLMENNINGEN:
At Torgallmenningen, Byparken and Festplassen you get to taste the best of food and drink produced in Western Norway. This is the place where you get to buy local vegetables, fruits and berries, cheeses, meats and seafood directly from the producers. At Festplassen you can taste some wonderful dishes made by skilled producers and chefs, and enjoy the barbecue shows where new chefs and producers make new, exciting specialities every hour.
WORLD CLASS CIDER, LOCAL GIN, BEER AND AQUAVIT
In the middle of Festplassen you will find «Bar lokal» with a real festival atmosphere and DJ. Explore the variety of locally produced drinks from cider and beer to gin and aquavit.
Cider production has a long history and tradition in Norway, especially in the regions of Hardanger and Sogn. These areas have some of the best conditions to produce world-class apples that are turned into world-class cider. The cider producers speculate that this will become the next champagne. Meet the cider producers at BAR LOCAL at Festplassen, and they will serve you amazing cider! Taste it and tell us what you think!
LEARN FROM THE BEST – INSPIRING FOOD COURSES
During the festival you can join the food courses to learn a lot about seasonal ingredients and various local dishes. The courses are held by the best chefs in the region, and you also get to meet some of the food producers – all ready to inspire you! You can learn how to make seafood dishes, prepare oysters and shells in combination with the world’s best gin, ciders and beer, and also how the chefs prepare signature dishes of the region. Tickets will be launched in the end of June.
The festival also showcases some of the best restaurants from Bergen that serve delicious festival menus made with local produce. During the festival, over 30 restaurants will have festival events that show you unique, local flavors in a whole new way. Several of the restaurants have festival menus throughout the week.
YOUNG FOOD FEST
Young Food Fest is packed with free food courses and activities for children and youth from 6-16 years. Here you get to challenge the senses, taste and learn more about the food that is good for both the body and the planet. You can participate in quiz, food courses, taste and smell tests and lots of fun activities in collaboration with several of our good partners. We are currently working on the program for this year’s festival – in the meantime check out the 2021 program here (in Norwegian): matfest.no/ung-matfest/
BERGEN – UNESCO CITY OF GASTRONOMY
Through Bergen’s membership in UNESCO CITY OF GASTRONOMY network, Bergen collaborates with a number of cities around the world. In the network, the cities share experiences related to food, creativity and gastronomy. This year we will invite several European Unesco Gastronomy cities to the festival where we get to share experiences and to know their food culture, gastronomy and some of the chefs.
Welcome to meet the following Unesco Gastronomy Cities: Alba from Italy, Dénia from Spain, Rouen from France, and Santa Maria Da Feira from Portugal.