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Norway’s largest food festival about to be served. Gladmat will soon be back in Stavanger for its 13th year. Manager Mona Vervik tells The Foreigner about what living to eat means for her. What is the biggest misconception about your job? “That I get to eat lots of tasty food every day! We may be located in Måltidets Hus, together with several other food-related businesses and some of Norway’s best chefs, but two weeks before the festival opening, my biggest challenge is to find time to eat at all!”

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Norway’s largest food festival about to be served

Published on Friday, 15th July, 2011 at 11:10 under the entertainment category, by Angeline Tse.

Gladmat will soon be back in Stavanger for its 13th year. Manager Mona Vervik tells The Foreigner about what living to eat means for her.

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What is the biggest misconception about your job?

“That I get to eat lots of tasty food every day! We may be located in Måltidets Hus, together with several other food-related businesses and some of Norway’s best chefs, but two weeks before the festival opening, my biggest challenge is to find time to eat at all!”

The most interesting thing you have learnt about food so far is…?

“That there are so many marvelous products from small-scale producers that deserve a bigger audience.”

Do you eat to live or live to eat?

“The latter! I am curious and excited about tasting new food. When travelling abroad, I like to order things that I do not know anything about. I’ve come across several great food experiences this way.”

Tell us about the most memorable dining experience you have ever had.

“I ate cured shark in Iceland, sometime in 1999. I did not know what it was – it was beige and served in small pieces on a stick. I thought it was cheese. It turned out to be ‘hákarl’, an infamous Icelandic dish of rotten shark meat. The meat is buried for months until the acid rots away, then it is dried and served – preferably with liquor.

“The thought of it still gives me the chill. Anyway, a memorable meal is sometimes just as much about people and good company, as it is about the food. We have a saying where I come from: ‘It’s better to eat porridge in good company, than a good steak by yourself.’”

If you could throw a fantasy dinner party with any number of guests, who would you invite and what would you serve?

“Haha! If you want a guest list containing Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, you are asking the wrong person. I would invite my staff - we work so hard on different things, and never really have time to share a meal these days. And my children! I feel I have not seen them for a while either. I would not serve anything – I’d have somebody serving us. I’m sure it would be excellent.”

What are you personally looking forward to the most at Gladmat?

“I look forward to tasting something I have never had before! Our exhibitors really put effort into their Gladmat-dishes – I know I will find lots of new and exciting things. I’ll never be able to taste all the 100 dishes though – the festival is only four days long!”

What can we expect this year?

“Our goal is that all our 250,000 guests taste something they have never tried before! Gladmat is all about discovering food, and we put great effort into facilitating this. All our exhibitors serve a special Gladmat-dish – a small dish at a reasonable price, around 30 NOK. This way, our guests can taste their way through the centre of Stavanger, instead of being full after the first stop. This year’s feature is seafood. By highlighting different industries every year, Gladmat keeps inspiring its visitors.”

Gladmat runs from July 20-23.



Published on Friday, 15th July, 2011 at 11:10 under the entertainment category, by Angeline Tse.

This post has the following tags: gladmatfoodfestival, stavangerfood.





  
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