World Heritage Tastes Good

Star Chef Plans Menu for the Spotlight High-Low Coast Project

Press release Spotlight High-Low Coast project 2016-06-21

Pressbild Michael Bjorklund

 In the autumn, food enthusiasts will have the chance to experience unique tastes from the World Heritage Site onboard the Wasaline ferry. Michael Björklund, an award-winning chef, has been chosen to create a four-course World Heritage Menu, served onboard the Wasaline ferry in the autumn.

- The menu will contain ingredients from both sides of the Kvarken and consist of an appetizer or an amuse-bouche, an entrée, the main course and a dessert. It will be launched in the autumn, but already now we can reveal that we’re doing all we can to incorporate as many local ingredients into the menu as possible, Michael Björklund reveals.

Björklund has, for a long time, been a familiar face in the grand chef scene, and he has endeavored to highlight Nordic cuisine, ingredients and producers. He is also known from several TV programmes and for his cookbooks, and he has been awarded the title of “Chef of the Year” in Finland and Sweden and the fifth place in the renowned Bocuse d’Or chef contest.

- Thanks to the visionary Björklund and Wasaline, we can offer this taste experience to all the inhabitants and visitors in the Kvarken Region.What’s more, this coincides with the 10-year anniversary celebrations of the joint World Heritage Site, Project Leader Marianne Sjöström states.

- We are glad that the project decided to launch the menu in our à la carte restaurant. This is an exciting World Heritage and tourism project, and we are more than happy to promote the local food culture, says Wasaline’s Managing Director Peter Ståhlberg.

The menu will be served in the à la carte restaurant onboard Wasaline’s Wasa Express ferry during September 1st-24th, 2016.

The decision to serve the menu onboard the Wasa Express ferry was a natural one because the World Heritage Menu High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago is part of the EU-funded Spotlight High-Low Coast project. The project focuses on cross-border collaboration via mutual product packaging in order to attract more tourists to the region. As a submeasure, the project has chosen to highlight the local food culture of the mutual World Heritage Site High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago.

In addition to the planned menu, an information wall has been created onboard the ferry, providing travellers with short presentations on what the High Coast, the Kvarken Archipelago, Vaasa and Umeå have to offer. The purpose of this all is to show that the visitors can experience extraordinary locations in incomparable nature during one visit to the Kvarken Region.

For more information:

Marianne Sjöström, Project Leader, Spotlight High-Low Coast, Kvarken Council +358 (0)40 678 8375.


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The Spotlight High-Low Coast project is funded by the EU through the INTERREG Botnia-Atlantica programme. The cross-border World Heritage and tourism project aims to create product packages and marketing materials in order to attract more tourists to the High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and its surrounding regions in a sustainable way. The project is due to end on May 31st, 2018.

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