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Telemark is a smorgasbord of food experiences. The wind blows the steam from the cooking pots, gently plays with the fruit trees and spreads the smell of home cooked food across fiords and mountains.
Local food can be a bowl of fresh shrimps bought from the local fisherman in Kragerø. It can be a cheese that has matured in a barn and that has soaked in all the flavors from hundreds of years of local traditions and history. It can be traditional comfort food prepared and served with love and knowledge and it can be walking barefoot amongst heavy fruit trees. Join us on a food journey through Telemark.
No matter if you are halfway on your way to Haugesund and need a break or if you want to bring some great food for your picnic at the gateway to Hardangervidda national park, you will get it at Heimat Vinje. You can buy large traditional Norwegian "matpakker" (lunch packs) to bring along or you can stay and enjoy some traditional stews.
Since the 1850s people from all over the south of Norway have gathered in the small village of Seljord to trade farm animals and goods. No wonder they have become such experts on local food. The biggest trade and farm fair of the country gathers more than 80.000 visitors every year in the second week end of September.
You really shouldn't miss the waterway from Skien to Dalen, the so called Telemark canal. In a historic manner you chug up the beautiful locks - moving ever more into the inland of Telemark county. While food from local produce is being served and you taste your way through our county, you will witness one of the most stunning examples of engineering craftsmanship in history.
This intimate hotel just outside the village of Notodden is surrounded by a park and has a great view toward Heddalsvann and Lifjell. The restaurant itself is known for its homemade cooking and if the weather is nice, you can enjoy the dinner in the garden. The hotel is reopening as a restaurant with an à la carte menu during the summer of 2015. We recommend that you call and book a table so they can prepare you something special.
The hosts at Uppigard Natadal are not shy when stating their vision: They want to impress the angels. This they do by serving traditional Norwegian courses such as reindeer steak, "spekemat" (Norwegian salted cured ham) and sweet temptations such as "tilslørede bondepiker" (translated as “veiled peasant girls” - a traditional Scandinavian dessert) and home made caramel pudding. When you lay down in an outdoor wooden hot tub and look up on the stars after dinner, you are indeed very close to heaven.
The project of the three Storaas sisters makes you think of an old grandmother cooking and working in the kitchen. First she adds a tad of Norwegian traditions, mixes in a bit of Danish family history and then sprinkles on an exotic herb from a tropical and far away adventure. It is bound to be an interesting food experiences.
This family mountain farm from the 17th century is clinging to the hillside and the sheep bells are ringing over lush green fields. The hosts call their food "untraveled" food and serve their guests lamb and highland cattle from the farm, smoked fish from the lakes and desserts made from the berries and fruits of the forests and mountains around the farm. The taste of mountain and wilderness works just as well for a wedding party as it does for happy wanderers with their travel gear.
For those of you who want to stay in the urban areas of Telemark you should try out Becks Brasserie and Bar Osebro, also called Café Osebro. The restaurant is situated in a 250 years old house close to the Porsgrunn river and serve critically acclaimed food. Here you can enjoy mussels on the veranda or warm up with a Fillet Don Fransisco on colder days.
The Lindheim farm in Gvarv has served visitors apple juice and cock and bull stories for over 30 years but a new generation has started a new business here. In addition to apple juice, there is beer brewing going on in the barn. The hosts Ingeborg and Eivind serve beers such as Cherry farmhouse, Helan og Hallon (session saison with raspberry), Farmhouse ale and a lot of other fun, great tasting and a bit whimsical beers. If you'd like a tour or a beer tasting you will need to call to book, but the farm store is open from Wednesday until Sunday all fruit season.