When you think of Danish beer, what do you think of? Carlsberg? Maybe Tuborg? These classic pilsner brands are no doubt part of the Danish cultural fabric, but in the last decade the Danish craft beer scene has grown faster than a strain of wild yeast in a hoppy IPA. Nowhere in Denmark is that more true than in Copenhagen.
The road from farm to fork is short in the East of Denmark and you can taste this freshness at farm shops and specialist producers across the region. The islands of East Denmark are fertile and covered with many fascinating estates, farms and castles, where you can enjoy a variety of culinary experiences. As well as visiting local producers in situ on the islands of Møn, Zealand, Lolland and Falster, you can taste local produce in the many exceptional restaurants found here.
With this guide to gastronomic experiences in North Denmark, you can delve deeper into the culture and landscape of this dynamic part of Denmark and taste some of Denmark's best local raw ingredients. The salt produced on Læsø is a much sought-after product in Denmark and other parts of the world and you can see it being produced as it has been for centuries right here.
Fancy trying Denmark’s best duck? Or tasting cheese right where it’s produced? Then the Limfjord area is a good fit for you. This part of Denmark is famed for its seafood and you can pick up fresh fish and seafood at the fish market in Thyborøn or oysters at Glyngøre. Cycle your way round the region’s local farm shops and microbreweries and pack your own picnic basket full of local goodness.
The island of Fyn has plenty of excellent foods and Danes celebrate the delicious local produce with food festivals. From May through October, there is plenty of opportunity to get a taste of Fyn – whether they are composed of vegetables, cheese, fruit, beer, or chocolate. The island of Fyn is filled with local producers and farm shops where the specialty items are endless and tasty, and all represent quality products from Fyn.
The Danish Lakelands on Denmark's Jutland peninsula and close to Billund Airport is an extraordinary place where impressive forests, tranquil lakes, wild coasts, charming towns and lots of warm-heartedness takes you in to a world of good old Danish values, where intimacy, natural resources and creativity set the scene for exciting culinary experiences.
Good food feeds the soul, and Royal North Sealand, just 30 minutes north of Copenhagen, offers a wealth of culinary treats spiced with cultural experiences and excursions in stunning natural surroundings. Royal North Sealand is home to some of Denmark’s biggest castles such as Hamlet's Kronborg, Frederiksborg and Fredensborg. In addition you will also find vineyards, breweries and local food producers in the region.
Enjoy the unique tidal marshlands in this part of Denmark and explore the way the dynamic relationship between land, sea and wind shapes not only the culture of the region but also the local produce. On a gastronomic tour of South-West Jutland you’ll have the chance to sample exceptional produce from passionate food artisans and to escape into one of Denmark’s most unique national parks.
BBC goes on a culinary journey through Denmark, resulting in a Nordic Cookery series focusing on traditional Danish food - the latest series is expected to air on a UK channel later this year. TV chef Tareq Taylor went on a tasty tour of Denmark's distinct regional dishes. During the course of the series, Tareq explores South-West Jutland, the Limfjord, North Jutland and East Denmark, cooking with locals, enjoying outdoor pursuits and trying exceptional local produce.
Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and authentic charm of Denmark's seaside hotels, dotted around Denmark's beautiful coast. Many of Denmark's seaside hotels (badehoteller) have top-of-the-range spa and wellness facilities. At others, it's all about good food, great views and nothing but relaxation. Only some of the hotels are open all year round, so make sure you check before you book a refreshing winter break!
1 kg mussels
1 garlic clove
½ l. apple juice
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. rapeseed oil
You have probably heard of rye bread, but have you heard about "Smørrebrød"? These open faced sandwiches are a huge part of the Danish diet and they come in many different varieties - made to suit every taste bud. So no matter if you're into veggie, fish, pate or meat, you'll love smørrebrød. This guide will lead you to the best places to get a taste of original Danish lunch - and for it to be truly traditional, you might want to think about adding a snaps to your meal.