Norway’s third-biggest city, Stavanger is famous for being an engine in the Norwegian economy, but has also developed into one of the country’s most interesting and innovative food scenes. Last year, the restaurant RE-NAA was the first Norwegian restaurant outside Oslo to receive a Michelin star, representing the gastronomic qualities brewing on the southwest coast. This July, for the 19th time, Norway’s biggest food festival, Gladmat (meaning ‘Happy Food’), will once again fill the city with hungry food enthusiasts.  “Gladmat is expecting around 250,000
people, including locals, other Norwegians and international food tourists, to come and celebrate food in Stavanger, which has developed into a vibrant gastronomical hotspot over the past decades,” says festival manager Mona Vervik.

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