After an interesting day of conferences and talks there are many opportunities to find other compelling experiences in the evening. Here are a few examples of activities and restaurants that can be pre booked and make your visit to Umeå memorable.

Wednesday 1 June


Cookbook exhibition and inauguration

When: Press event 1 June 11:00 | Inauguration 1 June 16:00-17:45 | Exhibition is open during Umeå city library’s regular opening hours all summer
Where: Umeå city library, DIY-corner Plan 2
Fee: Free of charge, open to the public

This is the place to warm up the day before Umeå Food Symposium starts. The day starts of with a press event joined by Gourmand Awards founder Edouard Cointreau. In the afternoon the same day there will be an inauguration of the cookbook exhibition where you will be able to see many of the nominees from this year’s award show.

The exhibition will be open all summer to the public.

Early Bird Facit

Get ready for Umeå Food Symposium at Facit Galej and Facit bar with tastes and cocktails from Västerbotten county.
Wednesday, 1 June, 18:00 - late


Experience a local activity

Guided tour in the Midnight Sun: sustainable agriculture in the Umeå area


Day: Thursday, 2 june
Time: 19.00–23.00, approx.
Fee: Free of charge. However, we would appreciate if you convey your experiences and newly gained knowledge through your channels and thus contribute to increase the knowledge on sustainable food production in Sweden.

Join us for a bus trip 50 kilometres outside of Umeå and meet Roma and Kent and their family, who run the farm Åbrånets Limousin. They will introduce you to their business and talk more about the conditions for a meat producer in northern Sweden, with cold and dark winters, and long bright summer nights.

Read more about the tour

Book your ticket ([email protected])



Guided tour: Umeå – 400 years


Meeting point: Folkets Hus, Skolgatan 59
Available tours: Thursday, June 2, 12:00 | Friday, June 3, 12:00 | Saturday, June 4, 12:00
Fee: Free of charge

It is not the geographical location that makes Umeå special. Nor is it only the river, the birch trees, or the culture house Väven. What makes Umeå special are the people who live here. It’s that special mentality. Come along on a walking tour and learn more about what made Umeå one of the most progressive, creative and cultural cities in the world.

Registration ([email protected])

Husmansbord at Scharinska Villan, Rise

When: Saturday 4 June, following the events and awards for Best in the World
Where: Scharinska Villan, RISE
Fee: Free of charge but this is an official part of the Umeå Food Symposium, your badge is needed for entry

The guests at the Gourmand & Hallbars Awards are invited to a tasting and mingling with Husmansbord following the events and awards for Best in the World, which takes place at Umeå Folkets hus earlier in the evening of the 4th of June.

Husmansbord has been sharing the best of swedish food and culinary traditions since 2009. Both traditional and innovative products have distinguished themselves over the years for their good taste and content. Those who receive a diploma have the opportunity to use their Husmansbord Award in their marketing and can mark their product with Husmansbord stickers. They are also offered to participate in the international promotions being organized by Husmansbord.



Forest Sami Cultural Journey


Day: Sunday, 5 June, 07:30-17:30 approx.
Fee: 1 500 SEK per person.
Includes bus trip, home-baked gahkku (Sami bread) with reindeer roast. Coffee and smoked reindeer meat, guided tours, museum visits, yoik and tour guide.
Last day for registration/payment: Thursday, 2 June

Our trip goes to Malå, Västerbotten County's only forest Sami village where we get to meet the forest Sami culture. Here we meet reindeer herders and get an in-depth picture of the Sami history, culture, and the present. 

Read more about the tour

Registration ([email protected])

More activities coming soon