A joyful feast with apples in focus

We at the Royal Djurgården actively work to promote a sustainable food culture. From September 23rd to 30th, we highlighted this through a apple festival that celebrated the Swedish apple.

Focus on Sustainability
Royal Djurgården aims to promote a sustainable food culture and places great importance on food production that benefits locally sourced and biodiversity. We want to utilize our nearby resources as much as possible. Speaking of nearby, did you know that Djurgården is home to around half of Sweden’s 240 apple varieties? We find this very exciting and worth highlighting, which is why we organized a week-long celebration with a focus on apples.

A Collective Initiative
The apple festival was a collective initiative we undertook together with our partners. In total, 18 restaurants, cafes, and museums participated and collaborated during the week. It was particularly enjoyable that each individual participant chose how to showcase the apple during the festival. Restaurants and cafes created delicious menus with apples in the spotlight. Apple salads, apple pies, apple cider, and apple cocktails were just a small part of everything offered. Other participants hosted apple-themed exhibitions, and for those who wanted to explore apple products, there was also a market with a unique range of organic products.

Thanks to All of You
I want to extend a big thank you to all Djurgården enthusiasts who participated in and supported the apple festival. Without you, this event would not have been possible. A special thank you to our visitors who were enthusiastic and engaged in learning more about the apple festival and sustainable food culture.

The apple festival is an example of what can be achieved when people collaborate. I sincerely hope that the future will bring more themed weeks where we can continue to promote a sustainable food culture and celebrate the treasures that are close to us. Until then, let’s enjoy the fantastic flavors and opportunities that apples have to offer!”

Benjamin Ilehag
trainee, Kungliga Djugårdens Intressenter / Royal Djurgården Society