The Edible Country – Dalarna
This summer, Sweden will become the world’s largest do-it-yourself gourmet restaurant. In Kloster in southern Dalarna you’ll be able to book a spot at our handmade wooden table, where you can cook your own food from fresh and exciting ingredients sourced directly from nature and the area surrounding your table.
Visit Sweden initiated the “The Edible Country” concept and, working together with 11 different Swedish regions, they’ve created the opportunity to book a do-it-yourself meal with menus composed by Michelin-starred chefs.
Dalarna’s table has been set up in Kloster, Hedemora, alongside the banks of the River Klosterån, surrounded by the Kloster nature reserve’s verdant greenery and majestic treetops. In the distance, cows graze with their calves and sheep bleat. You can cook together with good friends, discover new and exciting ingredients and get up close and personal with Dalarna’s natural surroundings.
Here’s everything you need to know before your visit
This is how The Edible Country works.
In 13 nature spots around Sweden, from Lapland in the north to Skåne in the south, Visit Sweden, together with the local tourist organisations, has set up handmade wooden tables which will be bookable between May and September via visitsweden.com and bookatable.com.
It doesn’t cost anything to book a place at the table. The booking is for a spot at the table and a DIY recipe, no meals or ingredients are included in the booking. You can either rent a cooking kit with all the equipment you need to cook your meal, or you can bring your own.
You also have the option of buying a basket of ingredients and recipes specially tailored to Dalarna’s nature and ingredients. And, for a really complete experience, you can even book a foraging guide and chef if you want to learn more about cooking in nature.
Once you’ve booked your place at the table, you’ll receive a booking confirmation, which includes all the information you need, including local contact details. Foraging and cooking outdoors is a fun, rewarding experience but it can also be a bit of a challenge. If you want to make life a little easier for yourself, book the cooking kit with an ingrediens basket and instructions for a more relaxed lunch al fresco. You’ll receive more information about how to book add-ons such as the cooking kit, ingredients basket with recipes, as well as a foraging guide or chef, when you book.
Kloster is situated some two hours north of Stockholm and just 15km from Dalarna’s oldest town, Hedemora in southern Dalarna.
Local menu lunchkit basket
Local ingredients such as Älvdalen salmon, local potatoes, special mustard from award-winning mustard makers LissEllas, Skedvi crispbread, coffee and cake. Recipe, instructions and cooking equipment rental included. 349 SEK per person.
What happens once you get there?
Travel to Klosters Herrgård manor house hotel and park in the car park. You’ll receive more information about how to get to the table, which is a ten-minute walk from the manor house, in your booking confirmation.
Once you get to the table, it’s up to you how you choose to organise, prepare and cook your meal. You might like to start with a short walk to acquaint yourself with your surroundings and enjoy the beautiful location. Then you can start cooking the supplied recipe and naturally you can sit down to eat whenever it suits you. If you have time to spare, you can visit Kloster with its well-preserved historic 18th century ironworks, museum, Cistercian monastery ruins and English park.
Before 6pm, you need to pack up your things (and check that you haven’t left any rubbish behind) and make your way back to the car park.
Once you’ve booked a table, please bear in mind:
• The booking is valid between midday and 6pm. Please leave your rented cooking kit behind at the table when you leave.
• The table, which has 12 spaces, can be booked by several different groups at the same time, which means that you may not have it all to yourself. The table is large, however, so there’s plenty of room for everyone.
• If you need to cancel your reservation, you should do it at least 48 hours before arrival. We reserve the right to cancel your reservation in the case of extreme weather or fire risk.
• If you have any questions about your reservation, please contact Görgen Tidén, email@example.com, tel. +46 (0)70-548 41 05.
Extend your experience - stay at Klosters herrgård
After a whole day in the great outdoors, why not spend the night at Klosters herrgård, where you’ll sleep soundly to the roar of the river rapids. The bedrooms are on the top floor of the manor house, where you’ll be left alone to enjoy the peace and quiet. The next day, you’re close to fishing, swimming and birdwatching opportunities, as well as walking paths, wilderness, berry and mushroom picking, art galleries, artisan food producers and markets.
Kloster is also on the route of the Husby Ring eco museum, a 60 km-long nature and cultural path which includes several exciting places of interest from Sweden’s industrial history. Not to mention the countryside, which varies from rolling, open agricultural landscape to dense forests and distant hills.
Other accommodation options in the area
Långshyttans Brukshotell, in the heart of the Långshyttan industrial area, is an elegant manor house built as a residence for the factory manager in 1856. It’s close to the Husby Ring culture and nature trail, as well as Dalarna’s oldest town, Hedemora. The hotel is surrounded by English parklands with stately trees, verdant greenery and a peaceful river. Owners Bengt and Carina cook all the food served in the restaurant from scratch. Moose from the local hunting society is often on the menu.
Görgen Tidén, together with Visit Dalarna and Visit Sweden, wish you a very warm welcome to Dalarna and Kloster!
More information about The Edible Country campaign: www.visitsweden.com