Taste Svalbard

Taste Svalbard

Welcome to the world's northernmost culinary festival!

Taste Svalbard 4. - 8. October

Welcome to the world's northernmost food and drink festival in Longyearbyen!

The Taste Svalbard 2023 festival will be held between October 4. - 8. More information and the festival programme will be published on this page once it is finalised.
Through this weekend you can learn more about Svalbard's exciting history and utilization of our unique local produce. We have courses, demos and lectures.
We invite you to a variety of culinary experiences, from street food to elegant 6 course dinners!

Festival programme for the Taste Svalbard festival in 2023

Check out the festival's Facebook page for more information: Smak Svalbard festivalen

Read: The Guardian - 10 of the best autumn food festivals in Europe and the UK 

  1. People eating lunch at tables in a festival tent, with a large "Taste Svalbard" logo and students making food on tables in the background
    Welcome to try a lunch made with local ingredients by the students from Longyearbyen's school!
    1. Two students from Longyearbyen's cultural school playing the saxophone and keyboard in front of a crowd in Taste Svalbard's festival tent
      Longyearbyen Cultural School marks the opening of the Taste Svalbard festival with song, dance and music in the festival tent
      1. An employee from Coop Svalbard standing in a blue tent while grilling food
        Svalbardbutikken invites you to a free barbeque in connection with the opening of the tent for this year's Taste Svalbard Festival
        1. A chef under a light parting up a Svalbard reindeer in front of an audience in silhouette in the foreground
          Are you curious about reindeer hunting and want to learn more about dismembering reindeer? Join us when the chef from Isfjord radio, Rogier Jansen, demonstrates how it's done!
          1. A close-up photo of a mexican lunch dish served on a plate
            Welcome to a Mexican lunch in the festival tent with Tio Monchos Thursday October 5th!
            1. Kroa's logo inside the restaurant
              Kroa's famous chef's breakfast on October 5th consists of cod fished in Isfjorden served with french fries and a delicious remoulade sauce, fried eggs, bread and salad.
              1. A king crab under water, with additional crabs and starfish in the background
                When the king comes - what do we do? We welcome you to a lecture on future crab fishing in Svalbard! With known and unknown food and drinks combinations, you'll also learn to surprise your guests when you have your crab dinner in the future.
                1. A plate of king crab and a tall drinking glass
                  Welcome to a 5 course fine dining dinner around King crab from the Barents sea at Funken Lodge!
                  1. Event poster for Ladies and beer at Svalbard Brewery
                    Thursday 5th October, we invite you to the world's northernmost ladies and beer event!
                    1. A crowd sitting in a festival tent eating, with a "Taste Svalbard" logo and a line of tables with food for sale in the background
                      Join Taste Svalbard's festival tent in the city centre of Longyearbyen, with food stalls from different cultures, locally produced food, pop-up restaurants and sale of local products. ​​​​​
                      1. Preparing dinner at Restaurant Polfareren
                        Head Chef Håkon Johnsen invites Kristine Sandsleth to Svalbard to create a Winemakers Dinner at Restaurant Polfareren. Together, they proudly compose a 5-course menu for you to look forward to enjoying.
                        1. A cutting board with a knife and a parted Svalbard rock ptarmigan on top
                          Do you want to learn how to make a proper dinner with grouse? Learn from Huset Restaurant's chefs!
                          1. Chairs and tables indoors at Vinterhagen restaurant
                            Indulge in an unforgettable dining experience, as we bring the flavors of Svalbard's Arctic cuisine to your table at Vinterhagen Restaurant!
                            1. A dinner plate with shrimp, lemon and other food on kitchen counter
                              Enjoy delicacies from the sea at Stationen!
                              1. A piece of meat with garnish laying on a table with salt spread on top of it
                                Welcome to a smoky night at Restaurant Nansen!
                                1. Photo of the artists in StearinlysKvartetten
                                  Karlsberger Pub is 25 years old in 2023, and will be celebrating in Taste Svalbard's festival tent Saturday evening!
                                  Visit Svalbard Eco-Lighthouse

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