Sweden yesterday celebrated the stoic defensive performance that earned them a Euros draw against highly fancied Spain almost as if it were a victory in the latter stages. Today any Swedes still in the party mood can let loose at Drinkable Country, which has been dubbed “the world’s largest open-air bar”.
Comprised of pop-ups hosted by some of Sweden’s top bar keepers and mixologists, the summer-long Drinkable Country, set amid Sweden’s beautiful woodlands, aims to introduce locals and visitors to the natural produce that makes the country’s food and drink some of the best in the world.
The event is a spin-off of the highly successful Edible Country, which brought together Sweden’s finest chefs for an outdoor gastronomic treat. Like the 2019 food pop-up, Drinkable Country will allow visitors to get involved in the mixing process with a series of hands-on tutorials and masterclasses.
“The DIY recipes enable visitors to explore Swedish nature through world-class taste experiences,” says Jens Heed, program director of food and travel at Visit Sweden. “The country’s 100m acre pantry of fruit, berries, vegetables and crystal-clear spring water is open to everyone. We call it the Drinkable Country – the world’s largest open-air bar.”
The each cardinal point of the country is represented by a different expert, with Rebecka Lithander of two-Michelin-star restaurant Daniel Berlin representing the south; local cocktail bar gem Bar Bruno the west; world-famous bar Tjoget the east; and Emil Åreng, an internationally acclaimed bartender and author of the world’s best cocktail book in 2016, representing the north.
“It is a thirst-quenching journey through Swedish nature. I would say that this is a completely new and fascinating way to both experience drinks and to discover a country and its natural environment”, says Leo Lahti, bar manager at Tjoget.