Food & Drink
Småland - green in nature and on the table
In Småland green food is at the centre, and organic cultivations and KRAV-labelled restaurants are common. Our region is large and each part has their own specialties, but generally we all prefer locally grown organic produce.
Most restaurants and cafés take their inspiration from Småland’s nature: its forests, lakes, meadows and greenery. Some years ago, the urban cultivation project Östrabo Ekobacke was started in Växjö, a ‘city farm’ that is KRAV certified and supplies many of Växjö’s restaurants as well as private individuals with vegetables and root crops.
Ekobacken is an open place at which everyone is welcome to shop or just enjoy the environment. The cultivation is managed by the Macken Cooperative in partnership with the Municipality of Växjö. Study visits are also arranged and, time/resources permitting, outdoor cooking for groups. The season at Ekobacken ends with a harvest festival.
Sweden’s biggest food fair
Every year in September the food fair MAT-mässan, Sweden’s biggest fair for small-scale, locally produced food, is arranged in Växjö. More than a hundred food producers and culinary artists, primarily from Småland but also the rest of Sweden, attract some 50,000 visitors. The unique thing about the MAT event is the combination of forums and experiences together with several different participants. The aim is many different voices with the common denominator that they have some link to locally produced and sustainable meals.
Bondens egen Marknad (The farmer’s own market)
On a number of occasions in late summer and early autumn, Bondens egen Marknad comes to Växjö. Producers of locally grown and processed products from the county and its surroundings offer their own products – without any middlemen.
The farms are located within a distance of 250 km of the market, which guarantees that the products come from the region. Bondens egen Marknad reduces ‘the food miles’.
Sustainable food in Vimmerby
Lilla Sverigebyn in Vimmerby is a holiday village with a restaurant and café. Here, they have chosen to work only with non-animal produce. Well-cooked food prepared with love means that vegan food can be enjoyed by everyone. The tasty ice cream from Glasstrolleriet is made from rice milk and frozen fruit. You can buy vegan barbecue packages and homely fare. An exciting experience even for those who are not vegan.
The big attraction in Vimmerby is Astrid Lindgren’s World. It’s good to know that here too, the produce comes from the local area and the food is hearty Småland fare – meatballs, pancakes and ’isterband’ (coarsely ground smoked sausages).
An open KRAV farm with a sustainable theme. You can eat at the farm’s Ekocafé and restaurant and buy from the farm shop, which includes local produce and organic food. Ingebo Hagar runs on solar energy and is built from ecological materials. It also has a battery-charging point – so now you can charge your car with solar power. The gardens are cultivated organically and bio-dynamically. The garden café primarily serves products from here.
KRAV - a key player in the organic market in Sweden
The KRAV-label stands for sound and natural environments, solid care for animals, good health and social responsibility. Products with the label fulfil KRAV's requirements and are properly controlled at least once every year.
Health and gourmet walk on Korrö
A health and culinary tour in Korrö’s beautiful nature reserve. A nature guide will take you to different stations with tastes of delicacies from the region – everything from home-made sausage to local cheese and juice. On the tour, the guide will talk about edible plants and nature’s beings. Website in Swedish, but you can find contact details there.
Tastes of Tjust
Sustainable, local, tasty out in the countryside. This food and culture tour is arranged every year in September in the region around Västervik. Farm shops, cafés, restaurants and farms, to name a few, take part.
We must of course not forget Sweden’s biggest harvest festival – a quick journey from Kalmar across the bridge will take you to Öland’s harvest festival at the end of September.