Spring and flowering Ramson on Kinnekulle

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There is no mistaking the warm spring winds. Slowly but surely they push aside the cold winter air, leaving that very familiar feeling we all know, but few of us can describe in words. One day, spring is simply upon us, with the promise of more light and a greener landscape. The birds are twittering optimistically and the buds on the bare, brown trees burst into leaves. To me personally, spring has for the last few years also involved a sense of longing, and of happiness, to yet again be able to step into the magical landscape of Munkängarna, on the mountain of Kinnekulle, where the forest is completely taken over by Ramson at this time of the year. I am ridiculously infatuated with ramson. In the early part of spring it forms a green carpet on the forest floor, towards the end of the flowering season it turns into a white layer that covers the ground like snow. It is wondrous and magical.

 

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Holiday suggestions in West Sweden

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Spring has sprung, and the warm sunshine brings thoughts of pleasant outdoor activities, the generosity of Nature’s own grocery cupboard, and perhaps enjoyable daytrips on lakes, canals, or at sea. If you haven’t yet decided where to holiday or spend a long weekend this year, now is the time!

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Crane Dance and Cheese Experience by Lake Hornborgasjön

To discover new places, enjoy good food and meet colourful people with exciting stories to tell sounds like the perfect day out to me. If you have never set foot in the Västergötland Region, or visited Lake Hornborgasjön – one of Europe’s most important wetlands, I will try to explain what makes this place so very special.

 

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GO TO SEA – A tribute to the sea in Gothenburg 24-28 feb

GO TO SEA – A tribute to the sea
February 24-28 it’s time to celebrate the ocean again. Bring family and friends and take part in some of the marine themed activities around town. Go to sea offers a unique opportunity to try some truly excellent food and during the week Gothenburg’s chefs will do everything to impress you with their cooking. Don’t miss the pop-up restaurants, known as “soup containers” – it’s a must!

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Winter and spring kayaking in Bohuslän opens for new seasons

Winter kayaking in Bohuslän


Canoeists who venture out into a snow-covered Bohuslän are met by an open natural landscape that gives a genuine feeling of existing in the here and now. Kayak rental operator Fredrik Lundkvist at Stångenäs Kayak in Lysekil invites you on a journey where the barren landscape of Bohuslän with its smooth and salt-covered granite cliffs is combined with comfortable places to stay and flavoursome meals. Launch your kayak into the fresh, salty sea – and enjoy!
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In West Sweden Christmas is celebrated on piers, in castles and at Santa Land

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Pickled herring and schnaps are necessities on the Swedish Christmas table.

In the different parts of West Sweden, Christmas is celebrated in castles and cottages, in boathouses by the sea, or among tall trees in the snow-covered wilderness. And in all these settings, in the counties of Bohuslän, Dalsland and Västergötland, well-stocked Christmas Buffets are on offer. Try some local food traditions, customs and legends – it will give your Christmas celebrations a touch of West Sweden. Continue reading…

International success for Nordic flavours

A few years ago, the Scandinavian cuisine became really hot, when the Danish restaurant Noma found new ways of preparing vegetables, berries, seafood and meat from our region, different from anything we had ever seen before. All of a sudden, gourmets and food journalists from all over the world showed an interest in our Swedish cooking traditions. And other chefs joined the trend and started making room for both tradition and innovative creativity in their kitchens.

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A spooky foodie weekend at Läckö

Did you know that the most beautiful man in the world used to live at Läckö Castle?
Yes, it’s true – at least in the 17th century. Count Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie was the world’s sexiest man in the 1600s. According to the women, he had it all: charm, looks, sensitivity, rhythm and anunusually high level of emotional intelligence. And this was well-known, even outside Sweden…

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Discover the Red Gold of Lake Vänern – Bleak Roe!

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Ulrika Gustavsson has raised the quality of the roe and launched the brand new product “Vänerlöjrom”!

Since the mid-1960s, bleak roe has been the main source of income for a group of professional fishermen in the small fishing village of Spiken, on the southern shore of Lake Vänern, outside Lidköping. On the first Sunday in November, the Day of Bleak Roe will be celebrated for the second year in a row and there is now a new brand to light up the autumn darkness – Vänerlöjrom! Continue reading…

Swedish drinks – From milk to schnapps

This year’s harvest of Sweden’s tastiest seasonal fruit and berries is currently hanging on branches in my neighbourhood. The trees are heavy with bright red tart apples and light green juicy pears. Heaven for a drink producer with the ability to transform freshly picked fruits and berries into mealtime refreshments.Qvänum Mat & Malt - kollage 1 kopia Continue reading…