North Iceland Local Food Festival

Local Food Festival

Local Food Festival is a new foodculture festival in the North in the last weekend of September or first weekend of October. This year Food and Fun will pop at Akureyri September 30th and October 1st. The big show will be held on October 1st. The purpose of the festival is to draw attention to the north and the great food industry that goes on in the North, a diverse selection of restaurants, food culture and other sectors related to food. Local Food Festival wants to achieve both Icelanders and tourists as there is a big increase in interest worldwide in food tourism.

The largest single event is The Local Food Festival exhibiton to be held in Akureyri Sports Stadium.

The Local food Festival exhibiton will be held every two years and comes instead of the festival Matur-Inn or Food-Inn, but that exhibition was attended by 13-15 thousand visitors when it was held for the last time in 2013.

The Local Food Festival exhibition is held to reflect the strength of the North as the country´s largest food production area and therefore is  the exhibiton an ideal presentation platform that companies and individuals in the sector can use to draw attention to there production, cuisine, catering, food tourism and trade associated within this industry.

 Off venue event's are showcased on the map below. On the map you can see restaurants offering the Local Food Festival menu, food and food culture events and where the show is held. 

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Local Food Festival 2016

The exhibition Local Food Festival 2016 will be held in the Sport Stadium in Akureyri on the 1st of October. The festival has been held every other year with an attendance record set in 2015 when 13-15 thousand people visited the exhibition. Few events are as popular and the festival also attracts visitors from all parts of the country. The Local Food Festival exhibition is held to reflect the strength of the North as the country´s largest food production area and therefore is  the festival an ideal presentation platform that companies and individuals in the sector can use to draw attention to the production, cuisine, catering, food tourism and trade associated within this industry.

It is important to emphasize that the exhibition is also a sales demonstration.

Emphasis is placed on the exhibition as diverse and appealing to everybody. Spaces for exhibitions will be offered to companies, organizations and individuals, as well as market spaces where it´s ideal is to sell autumn harvest or other things related to food and food culture.

Organized events take place during the festival  such as cooking competitions where professionals and amateurs try their skills in the various food related competitions. There, manufacturers have the opportunity to promote their product or service by taking part, direct as well as indirect.  Lectures related food culture will be offered to participants.

Access to the exhibition will remain free and the opening hours are from 1pm to 5pm o'clock.

Local Food Festival 2016 - a six day long festival of food culture

Organizers are now working on extending  the festival up to a week so it will not only be the exhibition but a week long festival of food culture from September 26th to October 1st which covers all the North and the exhibition conceived as the final celebration. Organized events will take place throughout the week, such as lectures related to food and food culture, plays about food, food crafts competition, visits to food factories and cooking lessons with food regional food as the main theme. Trips with travel agencies with focus on food will be available and selected restaurants offer menus with emphasis on old Icelandic food tradition. The purpose of extending the concept of the festival and connect events with the exhibition is to expand the audience further and within time,  look abroad where great potential lie  in introducing  the Icelandic cuisine to tourists.

As mentioned earlier, the idea is that the whole North, a cooperation of restaurants owners and tour operators in the region invite the locals and tourists to enjoy the food and food culture of the region. Companies from the UK have been invited and a group of 20 people is expected but the common denominator of the group is that they all work in food tourism. The purpose of the visit is to familiarize themselves with the food culture of the North as well as to show their focus at home.

General Manager of the Local Food Festival 2016

Davíð Rúnar Gunnarsson
Email: david@vidburdastofa.is
Phone: 00 354 896 3233

Local Food Festival 2016

The exhibition Local Food Festival 2016 will be held in the Sport Stadium in Akureyri on the 1st of October. The festival has been held every other year with an attendance record set in 2015 when 13-15 thousand people visited the exhibition. Few events are as popular and the festival also attracts visitors from all parts of the country. The Local Food Festival exhibition is held to reflect the strength of the North as the country´s largest food production area and therefore is  the festival an ideal presentation platform that companies and individuals in the sector can use to draw attention to the production, cuisine, catering, food tourism and trade associated within this industry.

It is important to emphasize that the exhibition is also a sales demonstration.

Emphasis is placed on the exhibition as diverse and appealing to everybody. Spaces for exhibitions will be offered to companies, organizations and individuals, as well as market spaces where it´s ideal is to sell autumn harvest or other things related to food and food culture.

Organized events take place during the festival  such as cooking competitions where professionals and amateurs try their skills in the various food related competitions. There, manufacturers have the opportunity to promote their product or service by taking part, direct as well as indirect.  Lectures related food culture will be offered to participants.

Access to the exhibition will remain free and the opening hours are from 1pm to 5pm o'clock.

Local Food Festival 2016 - a six day long festival of food culture

Organizers are now working on extending  the festival up to a week so it will not only be the exhibition but a week long festival of food culture from September 26th to October 1st which covers all the North and the exhibition conceived as the final celebration. Organized events will take place throughout the week, such as lectures related to food and food culture, plays about food, food crafts competition, visits to food factories and cooking lessons with food regional food as the main theme. Trips with travel agencies with focus on food will be available and selected restaurants offer menus with emphasis on old Icelandic food tradition. The purpose of extending the concept of the festival and connect events with the exhibition is to expand the audience further and within time,  look abroad where great potential lie  in introducing  the Icelandic cuisine to tourists.

As mentioned earlier, the idea is that the whole North, a cooperation of restaurants owners and tour operators in the region invite the locals and tourists to enjoy the food and food culture of the region. Companies from the UK have been invited and a group of 20 people is expected but the common denominator of the group is that they all work in food tourism. The purpose of the visit is to familiarize themselves with the food culture of the North as well as to show their focus at home.

General Manager of the Local Food Festival 2016

Davíð Rúnar Gunnarsson
Email: david@vidburdastofa.is
Phone: 00 354 896 3233

Local Food Tours

During the event Local Food Festival in North Iceland you will be able to look deep into culinary history with a tour of a lifetime for culinary lovers. To sign up for the tour please do so here sagatravel@sagatravel.is . Included in the trip is food and some beverages.

Local Food Off Venue

Local Food Off Venue is what makes the area the culinary experience that it is. Some of the companies located in the are open their door's to the visitors of Local Food Festival in North Iceland. This year Food and Fun will pop up in Akureyri and offer menu's. The companies that will be participating are:

Rub 23
Strikið Restaurant
Nanna Restaurants
Múlaberg Bistro
Aurora Restaurant

Restaurants

Restaurants in North Iceland are famed for their use of local ingredients. Everything from vegan to fish and lamb you should be able to find in the area. 

Farm food direct

Farm Food Direct tellst you that you are in a place that serves, produces or sells products straight from a local farm.

Cafés

The local cafes oftenly produce their own cakes and breds, the coffe in Iceland is known to be of a high quality. Don't skip the cafe from the itinerary.

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