Had a wonderful time over in beautiful Stockholm, met some great people and drank some fabulous beer! The Beer & Whisky Festival was amazing - plenty of beer from all over Sweden and the World (including of course our own Ossian and Lia Fail in bottle). For the dram lover also loads of whisky too from Denmark, Sweden, North America and even Scotland as well.
Many thanks (Tak så mycket, Madde) to our importer Brewery International Sweden for the excellent hospitality and pub tour.
Tasted lovely Swedish beer from Jämtlands, Nynäshamn Steam Brewery, Nils Oscar from Nyköping near Skåvsta Airport, Gotland from that Baltic island and Åbro from Vimmerby a couple of hundred kms south of Stockholm.
Nice food too - really good rye bread, gravadlax (salmon marinated in dill), lingonberries, herring - fried or marinated - and cracking knäckebröd (crispbread). Found a farmers' market in Södermalm in Katarina Bangata (off Götgatan) where I could have bought bags of everything from cheese to crayfish.
One thing about Sweden I liked very much was fika - the institution of having a cup of coffee and a sweet bun in a cozy cafe over hours of chatting. My favourite was the cardamom flavoured cinnamon bun or kanelbulle.
I'm inspired to bake my own Swedish buns, which are made from yeast pastry - hence the title of this blog from the Swedish nursery rhyme - Bake, bake, little cake!
Njuta mat och dryck! Skål!
Enjoy your food and drink! Slàinte!