2 August 2006
Gladmat in Stavanger was a great success again in 2006. Held from Wednesday 26th to
Saturday 29th July, this food festival was blessed with good warm weather, and tens
of thousands of visitors.
More of the stalls are being imaginative with the food on offer, and the trend to showcase
new restaurants before they open continues.
Please contact us if you have questions or comments.
Gladmat has come a long way since the
first festival seven years ago. It isn't just that the crowds
of visitors are bigger (although they are) this year saw a continuing trend of some of the best
exhibitors showcasing - and selling - really good specialist food, with good wine to go with it.
It was disappointing that so few places offered any vegetarian options (we could only see
Sala Thai), although
there was no shortage of seafood on offer.
- Jans ran a good seafood area,
and separately - as Patrumo's - had a good selection of
- Hall Toll ran a popular
restaurant showcasing local pork, with recipes
included in the menu;
- Tango seemed to move the
whole restaurant out onto the street;
- Craig fired up his
enormous barbeque, that looks like it might turn into a steam railway
- a few stalls were offering small tasters for 5 kroner - a great idea at a festival
where you might want to sample a lot of tastes and styles. Much better than having to buy a
complete meal at one place. One example is shown in the picture - pickled salmon wrapped
in lefse, which is a bit like a tortilla or a pancake.
- Extreme Dinners was reckoned to be a great gastronomic experience.
There were also too many places still just serving grilled chicken, pølser (sausage, not
always very good) spare ribs and similar.
Following in the footsteps of Tango (which previewed at Gladmat in 2003), this year saw
Pushkin Bar and Restaurant
showing off some of their Russian dishes, ahead of their opening in early