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Malmö serves up mouth-watering new Street Food bonanza

Foodies already know that Malmö is the place to go to get top-notch grub in Sweden. But the selection just got even better.

Malmö serves up mouth-watering new Street Food bonanza
All photos: Olle Enqvist

Street Food Malmö: Folkets Park, a square entirely devoted to food and fun all summer long, has just launched, and the people of Malmö couldn’t be happier.

“We haven’t had a food truck square in Malmö before, so this is very exciting,” says Felicia Fredriksson, head of operations at at Folkets Park.

The new Street Food Malmö square – complete with pink-painted pavement – is located at the Friisgatan entrance to Folkets Park in central Malmö.

“This past autumn we tested making Friisgatan a pedestrian street, and it was hugely appreciated,” Felicia tells The Local.  “This isn’t the main entrance to the park but many people still use it, so now we’re giving it more life and making it a more integrated part of the park.”

The park, founded in 1891, is known as the world's oldest public recreation park(folkpark) and has long been a natural gathering place for the residents of Malmö. It’s already home to several popular restaurants, swing and jazz nights, and a salsa club.

”Each summer we have concerts here, and we have a very active chess club,” Felicia grins. “But now we’re reviving parts of the park which haven’t been used as much.”

Malmö City is revamping the park with boules, skateboarding, and even a “Bicycle Safari” for children.

Read also: Why Malmö is Sweden’s best city for cyclists

And from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm until August 6, visitors will be able to indulge in a variety of hand-picked street food dishes while enjoying live music and games in the popular park.

Thirteen different hand-picked food trucks will operate at the square – “though not all at once, just five or six each day”, Felicia explains.

“We want to have something for everyone, but not have trucks which compete with each other or the other restaurants in the park and nearby.”

”I’m excited but nervous,” confesses Zainab, the Indian woman behind The Masala Box, one of the food trucks selected to serve the park. “There’s so much to plan and do! It will be a great summer.”

Zainab and her husband opened their food truck in 2014, and also offer cooking courses and run a small restaurant. She wanted Indian food to be as accessible as Chinese food and pasta – on the go, in a box, anytime and anywhere. It was a hit.

“I didn’t find what I wanted here so I created it,” she explains. She adds that’s what people do in Malmö – and what makes it so unique. “The Malmö food scene is special because there is so much to choose from.”

The new street food square is proof. It features just a handful of Malmö's many trucks, yet visitors will find everything from “vegan soulfood” and African brunch dishes to Vietnamese waffles and asparagus wraps.

“Malmö’s food scene reflects Malmö on the whole – and the diversity we have here,” Felicia says. “You can find food from all over the world.”

Kjell of Casseroll, where guests will find tasty stews and fresh-baked bread, says he has two goals with his food truck:

“The first is to make food that makes people feel good – no added ingredients, totally natural, and usually local and ecological. The second is to save the world in my own small way.”

For each meal bought at Casseroll, 5 kronor is donated to Oxfam, an international charity network which aims to end global poverty.

 “It’s absurd that we stuff our faces on unhealthy food while some people are starving. So when my customers buy a meal a child somewhere gets a meal, too,” Kjell explains.

And every truck has special offers for children as well as vegetarian options. Many have vegan and gluten-free alternatives as well.

“This initiative is very exciting,” exclaims Peter, behind the food truck Meal on Wheels. “There’s a lot of potential, and from here it’s just going to get better. Malmö food trucks aren’t just about food – it’s a culture.”

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This article was produced by The Local and sponsored by Malmö Tourism

 

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Nordic chef sets up world’s northernmost Michelin restaurant in Greenland

You can only get there by boat or helicopter, but Michelin-starred chef Poul Andrias Ziska hopes his restaurant in remote Greenland, far above the Arctic Circle, is worth the journey.

Nordic chef sets up world's northernmost Michelin restaurant in Greenland

The 30-year-old chef relocated his restaurant KOKS from the Faroe Islands in mid-June, leaving behind his relatively accessible address for Ilimanaq, a
hamlet of 50 inhabitants hidden behind icebergs on the 69th parallel north.

Housed in a narrow black wooden house, one of the oldest in Greenland, the restaurant can only accommodate about 20 people per service, and experiments with local produce, including whale and seaweed, with fresh produce almost impossible to find in the harsh climate.

“We try to focus on as much Greenlandic products as possible, so everything from Greenland halibut to snow crabs to musk ox to Ptarmigan, different herbs and different berries,” the tousled-haired, bearded chef tells AFP.

Double-Michelin-starred Faroese chef of KOKS restaurant Poul Andrias Ziska is photographed outside the restaurant housed in the Poul Egedes House in Ilimanaq, Greenland on 28th June 2022

Double-Michelin-starred Faroese chef of KOKS restaurant Poul Andrias Ziska is photographed outside the restaurant housed in the Poul Egedes House in Ilimanaq, Greenland on 28th June 2022. Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP

The young chef previously ran KOKS at home in the remote Faroe Islands, where he won his first star in 2017, his second in 2019, and the title of the
world’s most isolated Michelin restaurant. 

He plans to return there for a permanent installation, but explains he had always wanted to stretch his gastronomical legs in another territory in the
far north, like Iceland, Greenland or even Svalbard.

He finally chose Ilimanaq, located an hour’s boat trip from Ilulissat, the third-largest town in Greenland and famous for its huge glacier.

Greenland, the world’s largest island, is an autonomous Danish dependent territory.

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“We just found it more suitable, more fun to do something completely different before we move back in our permanent restaurant,” he tells AFP from
his kitchen, set up in a trailer outside the house with the dining area.

With 20 courses, the extensive tasting menu will delight the taste buds for some 2,100 kroner ($280), excluding wine and drinks.

“The menu is exquisite and sends you to the far north and back,” Devid Gualandris, a charmed visitor, tells AFP.

“From the whale bites to the wines, from the freshly caught fish and shellfish to the curated desserts, everything is bursting with flavour.”

While whale meat is a staple food in Greenland and Ziska’s native Faroe Islands, whaling is banned in most of the world and activists have called for
an end to the practice.

A KOKS chef prepares food at the kitchen of the restaurant housed in the Poul Egedes House in Ilimanaq, Greenland, on 28th June 2022.

A KOKS chef prepares food at the kitchen of the restaurant housed in the Poul Egedes House in Ilimanaq, Greenland, on 28th June 2022. Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP

An unlikely locale for a gourmet restaurant, Ilimanaq — Greenlandic for “place of hope” — is home to a small community living in picturesque wooden
houses, next to hiking trails and more fittingly a luxury hotel, making it an ideal stopover for wealthy tourists seeking to explore new frontiers.

For Ziska, the customers in Greenland are different.

“There are a lot of people for which the number one priority is to visit Greenland and then they come to our restaurant,” he says.

“In the Faroe Islands we had mainly people interested in coming and eating at our restaurant and then obviously also visiting the Faroe Islands,” the
chef explains.

In addition to the adventurers who have already been lured by the Arctic landscape, the Greenlandic Tourist Board hopes the restaurant will also help
attract gourmet travellers.   

People get seated in a restaurant overlooking Disko Bay in Ilulissat, western Greenland, on 30th June, 2022.

People get seated in a restaurant overlooking Disko Bay in Ilulissat, western Greenland, on 30th June, 2022. Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP

“The unique combination of high-level gastronomy, the inherent sustainability of the North Atlantic cuisine and the characteristic nature and resources of the Disko Bay, speaks to all our senses,” Visit Greenland’s director, Hjortur Smarason, said when announcing the arrival of KOKS.

Accommodation at the Ilimanaq Lodge, the current home of the KOKS restaurant in Ilimanaq, Greenland, where guests can watch whales and floating icebergs in the Disko Bay. Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP

A long-overlooked destination, Greenland — an Arctic island territory nine times the size of the UK — welcomed more than 100,000 tourists in 2019, nearly double its population, before Covid cut the momentum.

Smarason said the presence of KOKS “is exactly what we strive for in our effort to reach a certain distinguished kind of guests”.  The restaurant is open between the 12th June and 8th September, 2022 and 2023. 

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