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The Edible Country

at Stufvenäs Gästgifveri

Visit Sweden has placed a few tables in some of the most beautiful places in Sweden. The goal is to create interest and curiosity about nature experiences and genuine Swedish tastes, in combination and harmony.

Guests are invited to cook a meal with tastes of raw produce they can gather themselves in nature. One of the tables is at Stufvenäs Country Hotel, south of Kalmar, in the southeast corner of Småland.

The Edible Country – at Stufvenäs Gästgifveri

Taking a seat at this very special table, you’ll find yourself right next to the glittering Kalmar Strait, dining under prestigious oak trees. Just a short distance from Stufvenäs Country Hotel, the table is set in both a scenic and historic setting.

With the sea in sight and one of Sweden’s largest oak tree’s nearby, you’ll be accompanied by the seabirds’ song and the whisper of the reeds. Taste the flavours of the county of Småland whilst walking among windswept juniper bushes and blooming sloe bushes.

Swedens second largest oak tree

Not far from this table is the Stufvenäs Oak, which according to the County Administrative Board is Sweden’s second largest oak tree with a perimeter of 9.7 meters. This oak is about 700-800 years old and also the home for some badgers, so keep your eyes open…

Trivia

Planted in the 17th century

Several oaks in this area were planted in the 17th century when the Swedish king Gustaf II Adolf issued a gift letter to the crown tenant Stufvenäs to the industrial pioneer Johan Glauwe, who a few years earlier founded Småland’s second glasswork, just a few kilometres away.

Glauwe needed Stufvenäs deciduous forests for firewood and the burning of potash for the glassworks.

Material for beautiful ships

In the 17th century Stufvenäs belonged to the owners of the Värnanäs Estate, located a few kilometres up north. A shipyard was located there at the time, and this is where the fast sailing full-rigged vessel Octavia was built.

Surely some of these noble oaks turned into materials for beautiful ships.

We want you to experience the tastes of Småland.

By the sea and forest

Produce from farms and neighbours close by Stufvenäs are guide words for our food at Stufvenäs. We like to share with you a tasteful experience of Småland.

That’s why we take great care to choose the best produce from small producers in our absolute proximity, Småland and Sweden.

Depending on the time of the year and season, we pick and prepare food from the forest larder and from farms close by us.

 Root vegetables for example, so many different carrots and potatoes, all with their own characteristics and tastes. And herbs, spruce shoots and nettles. The list of eatable things we can forage is long. For dessert we recommend some hand-picked wild strawberries on a straw.

Welcome to enjoy a historic and culinary nature experience!

How it works

Steps

1

Book your seats at the table and choose your experience .

2

Once you’ve made a reservation you will receive an email from your local contact about the experience and how to book add-ons like accommodations.

Why book the experience with chef?

Foraging and cooking in nature is a fun and rewarding experience. It can also be a bit of a challenge! Why not book an experience with one of our chefs or a local foraging guide? It makes it more relaxed and gives you the chance to learn more about the region and its cuisine.

Booking

Book this exclusive Edible Country table between

5th May–30th September 2020.

There is space for a maximum of 12 people around the table and it can only be booked by one company at a time.

  1. Remember to dress according to the weather.
  2. Cancellations free of charge must be made no later than seven days before arrival. Please note that Stufvenäs Country Hotel has the right to cancel your reservation, if, for example, there is a risk of extreme weather.
  3. If a prohibition on lightning fires should be in force for the area, the guest will be contacted by Stufvenäs Country Hotel with the following options:
    1. Cooking is done indoors but the meal is served at the table in nature.
    2. Cooking on a fire is replaced with a cold dish.
    3. If the guest wishes, the experience can be cancelled.
  1. The booking is valid from 12 noon to 6 pm. 
  2. The cooking kit with basic supplies is collected and paid for on arrival at the reception of Stufvenäs Country Hotel. 
  3. The table is about a 10-minute walk from the reception. 
  4. Return the hired cooking kit and what’s left of the basic supplies to Stufvenäs Hotel by 6 pm at the latest. 
  5. When you leave the table, pack up everything you have brought so the next guest will find the place beautiful and clean. 
  6. Prepare the food yourself according to the recipe provided and, of course, eat when it suits you. The rest of the time you can just enjoy the nice beautiful and historic place.

A taste of Småland

We offer two different experiences at the Edible Country at Stufvenäs. Read more about the options below and get back to us with your choice of experience.

Do it yourself meal experience

Make your own meal experience at the table at Stufvenäs. A cooking kit with basic supplies is included with your booked place. It includes:

  • A welcome brochure with recipes and information about the nature and history in which the table is placed. There are also suggestions for edible things you can find in the nature. This will add extra spice to the food (for example herbs or berries, if they are in season).

  • All the necessary equipment for you to prepare and eat the food.

  • All the basic supplies and raw produce.

Price 200 SEK/person

Guided meal experience with chef

Together with our guide you go for a walk on our estate and you get a guidance of the historic place of Stufvenäs. You will learn more about the king Gustav Vasa, who owns this estate in the 16th century. We also take a walk out on Örarevet to look at it´s peculiar and unique nature.

Under the guidance of and together with one of our guides, you pick herbs, edible plants and berries in the forest. Things that will add character and more taste to the raw produce you will find in the local, typical Småland larder. It may have, for example traditional sausages, fish, cheese and a lot of different vegetables, depending on the season.

Together with one of our chefs you cook the food over an open fire. The table is beautiful decorated when you gathering for a memorable meal in the historic landscape. Under the open sky and prestigious oak tree, you eat, talk and enjoy the experience. The food tastes so much better when it is eaten in the company of friends outside in the nature. Not to mention, to make coffee in a pot over an open fire. That tastes even better and give you a whole new experience.

Price 1995 SEK/person

(can only be booked for at least 4 persons)

Book the table

The table booking comes with several options. Getting there is easy. You can get quite close by car. However, we recommend to go for a lovely walk down to the table. You will get a better experience of nature this way.

In partnership with:

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By train or bus

From Kalmar railway station you take bus with number 121 to Bergkvara. We have our own bus stop called Stuvenäs. Then it is a 10-minute walk from the road to us.