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A Culinary Midsummer in Skåne, Sweden

June 13th - 21st 2022
(from) 4650 USD
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HOSTED BY:

Barbie Aknin

OVERVIEW

 

Immerse yourself in the summer traditions of Swedish life. Nature and the out of doors, Swedish massage, rest, dips in the sea, seasonal food, and celebrations. Be a Swede for a week of summer in the province of Skåne, the southernmost region of Sweden.

 

Summer in Sweden is a celebration of light

In a land that is dark for much of winter, the long days of the midnight sun are relished. Swedes celebrate summer and the sun and so will we. Summers include picnics in the forest, dips in the sea, bicycling, and hearty walks while foraging for dinner. The long evenings will be spent celebrating the foods of summer with outdoor dinners that last into the night with the midnight sun.

Nordic Cuisine

Nordic cuisine is characterized by purity, simplicity, and freshness. Swedes are deliberate in their choice of ecologically friendly or “eco” seasonal foods. Wild game, fresh fish, foraged herbs, mushrooms and berries are essential. Winter is long; summer is short so techniques for preserving food to capture the spirit of summer is a deeply held tradition. Our culinary focus will be on “slow food,” meaning dishes cooked from scratch using the ingredients at hand.

The Nordic Lifestyle

Communing with nature is ingrained in Swedish culture. They have a word, friluftsliv (free-loofts-liv), that translates as “open-air lifestyle.” Scandinavians are not hampered by the (often extreme) seasons and believe that “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” Being in nature is also linked closely to “allmansrätten,” the right to roam.

In Sweden the path to health and vitality leads to a sauna, followed by a dip in a bracing creek or the equally cold sea. Many Swedes start their morning by driving in their bathrobes to the crystal clear sea for an invigorating dip. For Swedes this tradition is a necessity, not a luxury.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Skåne

We meet in Copenhagen for a welcome toast before taking the train to Österlen. Known as “the garden basket” of Sweden, the region boasts picturesque coastal towns with a rich fishing heritage. We stay at Svabesholms Kungsgard, one of many farms owned by former kings of Sweden. We settle in and have our first dinner together. During our first several days, we have time to enjoy a sauna, walk the farm, ride a bike to the sea, or nap.

Two dinners will be at the farm. (D)

 

Day 2: Farms & Fisheries

After breakfast we drive along the coast, then turn inland to visit eco farms that produce herbs, vegetables, and cold-pressed rapeseed oil. We’ll visit a local fish smokehouse where we’ll have lunch and a bakery that makes the regional specialty, Spettekaka. This cake is part of Scanian culinary heritage. The name means "cake on a spit" with the batter being drizzled on a spit over the fire.

The EU has even given this cake Protected Geographical Indication status! (B,L,Fika,D)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3: Foraging and Sweden's Viking Stonehenge

This will be a very special day. Roland Rittman, “wild herb grandfather to the Nordic countries,” leads us on a foraging walk to gather ingredients for supper.  Roland forages for restaurants, most notably René Redzepi's Noma, voted top restaurant in the world for the last four years. He has had a big impact on the new Nordic cooking as well as on environmental issues. We’ll look for wild berries, yarrow, sweet cicely, wood sorrel, chanterelle, and more.  Before returning to the farm, we stop to visit Ales Stenar, a dramatic Viking era Stonehenge overlooking the ocean. In the evening, we have a cooking class and dinner at a farm that has been in one family for over 400 years and boasts beautiful vegetable and herb gardens which we will tour. (B,D)

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Day 4: On to Båstad

Today we head to Båstad, stopping along the way at one of many historical castles and estates that dot the region including the Wanås estate. We cross Skåne from the southeast to northwest corner ending in the village of Båstad, tennis center for the Nordic Games. On our way, we’ll drop by the village smokery to buy freshly smoked salmon for dinner. At the guest house and throughout the week, you’ll have time for yoga, a traditional Swedish pottery class and more. (B,D)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5: Warmbadhus Spa & Cooking class

After breakfast, we drive to Hovs Haller, a national park along the sea, and walk to the fishing village of Torekov. Today there will be time for shopping along the cobbled streets, and a leisurely lunch is an option. Choose lunch at one of the many fish restaurants. Also, spa treatments, Swedish massage, facials, and more.

We'll have a cooking class and dinner with local chefs and brothers Mike and Jonas in the evening. We'll prepare traditional and updated Swedish specialties and have a fabulous meal. (B,D)















 


 

Day 6: The Gardens of Norrviken

The Gardens of Norrviken consist of seven themed gardens set around the Villa Abelin. Created by visionary Rudolf Abelin in the early 1900s, the gardens were inspired by various countries and epochs. After touring the gardens, we have an elegant fika in the Norrviken home.

Fika is the all-important Swedish tradition of stopping for coffee — no ordering to go here. “Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with it. In Sweden coffee is something to look forward to, a moment where everything else stops and you savor the moment.” – Anna Brones (B,Fika,D)

 

Day 7: Shopping & Eating

Today is open for the group to decide how to spend our final day together. We might shop for Swedish made products or take a boat to a nearby island and wildlife reserve for a picnic. This region holds many shops that have curated the wares of local craftsmen. We’ll definitely be visiting a small, family-owned factory that weaves traditional Swedish linens. For dinner, we visit the home of my family, Anders and Anette Olsson, and cook a traditional summer Smörgåsbord featuring crayfish and wild game. (B,D)

 

Day 8: Goodbyes!

After a leisurely morning and goodbyes, we’ll deliver you to the local train for a two hour ride to Copenhagen or help you with plans to visit Stockholm or elsewhere.

 

Accommodations:

Nights 1-3: Svabesholms Kungsgard

Originally a farm belonging to the kings of Sweden. We’ll stay in the pension or “pensionat” in Swedish.

Nights 4-7: Torekov Guest House

A farm and art retreat in the small seaside village of Torekov.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Pick up in Copenhagen and two hour train ride to Sweden

  • Private transportation during our stay

  • Three nights at a Svabesholms Kungsgard

  • Five nights at Torekov Guest House

  • Daily buffet breakfast

  • All cooking classes

  • All dinners, see itinerary

  • All planned excursions, see itinerary

  • Planned restaurant meals, see itinerary

  • Delivery to train station at parting

 

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare to and from Copenhagen

  • End of trip transportation (other than delivery to the commuter train, a very simple ride back to Copenhagen, Stockholm, or elsewhere)

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal shopping and expenses

  • Food and drink not included in the itinerary (some lunches

  • and extra Fika)

  • Any expenses incurred during free time

  • Tips for Community Cuisine staff, drivers and/or house concierge

  • Optional excursions or extensions

  • Non-refundable passport fees

  • Excess baggage charges

  • Airport taxes that are collected on the spot in foreign airports, departures taxes, airport fees, airline and federal security fees and ticket handling fees, surcharges due to changes in currency, any mandatory new or increased fees/taxes/fuel surcharge (if any) levied on airline tickets, hotels, incidental expenses in hotels, and hotel room upgrades.

PRICING OPTIONS

 

OPTION I: $5150 to $5350 Based on room size and double occupancy: double bed or twin beds, shared hallway bath.

OPTION II: $5750 Based on single occupancy: double and/or twin bed, shared hallway bath (Three rooms available)

OPTION III: $4650 - $5350 One room for 3 persons: with three twin beds for 3 nights & 1 double plus 1 single bed for 5 nights.

Note: Itinerary subject to change which includes being due to Sweden’s mid-summer unpredictable weather

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What our guests say:

 

“Barbie takes all of the healthy concepts — herbs, coloured veggies, minerals, sprouting, soaking, good fats, balanced meals — and weaves them into everyday dinners. The end result is tasty food without even knowing how good the food is for your immune system and all of your organs!” -                            Dr. Thao Nguyen M.D., To Be Primary Care

DATES:     June 13th - June 21st, 2022

PRICING:  From 4650 USD (see above for options)

    

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 Credits: Photos: Sam Zide         Styling: Yasna Glumac