SmakÅs 2021

Norvegan National Dish was an event by the Center for Genomic Gastronomy during the annual food Festival SmakÅs 2021 on October 16.

The Center for Genomic Gastronomy is an international artist group that focuses their art practice on biodiversity of the human food systems. The center started their research on the National Dishes in 2016, and since then have conducted the research in France, Portugal, UAE, Poland & Norway.

What is Norvegan National Dish?

During the food festival Smak Ås on October 16, the Center for Genomic Gastronomy  presented the re-enactment of “The New National Dish of Norway” once initiated by the Minister of food and agriculture Sylvi Listhaug in 2014. This time, the Centre for Genomic Gastronomy is reviving the previous attempt of identifying the New Norwegian Dish with “The New Norvegan Dish” – testing how our meat inclined palates might embrace the vegan future.

During SmakÅs, the visitors were offered to fill out the questionnaire and participate in the research.

The Center for Genomic Gastronomy will share the final results of the research Norvegan National Dish as an installation at an exhibition at the Trondheim Art Museum in the spring of 2023.


Watch what the visitors of SmakÅs had to say about the future of the Norwegian national dish.  Can it be vegan?

As a part of the event the visitors were offered to taste free, vegan food samples: Norwegian-styled “kimchi” and vegan yogurt. The recipes were developed by the Center for Genomic Gastronomy.

Zachary Denfeld (CGG) serves Norwegian-styled “kimchi” to the guests of the festival Smak Ås. Photo: Elina Gobeti
Participant tastes Norwegian-styled “kimchi” during SmakÅs. Photo: Elina Gobeti