Swedish Food Culture

My interest in Swedish Food Culture began during my first visit to Sweden in August when the entire country was preparing for the annual Crayfish premier. All I really knew about Sweden was Abba, Volvo, Swedish meatballs and the Swedish Chef from the Muppet Show who really has no connection to Sweden. Having met a Swede whose mother was a chef and owned a restaurant I became immersed in the culture and culinary Sweden and not only got to celebrate the annual traditions such as the Christmas Julbord but also the everyday traditional Swedish meals.

I grew up in Alberta, in Canada, where meals were very multicultural–Sweden was a bit of a culture shock in the way that everything was still very Swedish. After working for years as a waitress in the food industry including the Swedish family restaurant I studied photojournalism and went on to spend 15 years as an editorial photographer.

While recently completing an MA degree in photojournalism in Sweden I worked on this passion project of mine–documenting Swedish food culture. The project won a national award in Sweden in 2017 from the Swedish Photographers Association and it is currently traveling on exhibit at various IKEA stores throughout Canada.

Over the years, I have seen the food culture changing in Sweden along with the country itself. With my ongoing project, I aim to capture Swedish food culture from the past and also what it has become and what it will become.