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Gladmat, Norway’s biggest food festival

Each year at the end of July, the Gladmat festival is held. It is the biggest food festival in Norway and takes place by the water in Stavanger. The festival is a means for businesses to showcase their gastronomical feats, with exhibits on food production and food culture. It is also a great meeting place for food lovers. The purpose of it is to cater to and nurture the public’s interest and knowledge of food as well as show off produce, niche products and the latest trends in the food industry.

Gladmat also strives to be an area where quality local producers can exhibit their food. The wide range of exhibitors of such great quality has led to the festival being widely appraised within Norway and Europe. Each year around 250,000 people take a walk down by the harbor during the event, to see what exciting tastes are on offer.

A varied program

More than 100 big and small exhibitors take part in the festival and offer a variety of food experiences for you to see, taste and smell. For a small fee, you can buy a small Gladmat dish,making it easy for you to taste and try several new and exciting flavors. Adults and kids who are interested in learning more about food can take part in a course, or you can check out the cooking show and see demonstrations from some of the best chefs in Norway.

The boiling point

It is certainly an experience in itself to visit Gladmat, however the festival takes it one step further and gives industry workers a chance to learn from the best in the country. Therefore, in 2015 the first cooking conference ‘Kokepunktet’ (‘the boiling point’ in English) was organized. Chefs and all those skilled in the art of cooking from across the country are invited to get inspiration from each other.

Join the festivities

Professionals in the food industry, people wanting to learn more, families and food lovers will all find something interesting to check out at the Gladmat Festival. Make sure you pick a comfortable room close by and stay at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Stavanger.