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Fall in Skåne - All Apple Everything at the Kivik Apple Market Festival

Fall used to be my favorite season…

…I say used to because, now that I live in Sweden, summer easily snags the title.

Fall in Sweden is a little different than what I’m used to… and by that I mean that my winter jacket is usually still buried deep in my closet.

Back home in North Carolina, TYPICALLY speaking, fall means perfect weather, football games, eating your way through the state fair, apple picking, pumpkin carving/(pumpkin beer/pumpkin spice lattes), and mountain weekend getaways. You can pair sweaters with shorts, wear cute layers, go outside without sweating your ass off, and force your significant other to participate in a variety of seasonal photo ops. It’s such a beautiful (and still warm) time of year (though, this year summer seems to be havin’ a bit of a hard time letting go).

I haven’t been back home for fall since I first moved overseas four years ago, and I’ve seriously been missing all those classic autumn activities (and outfits), so I was pretty excited to go to Kivik for the annual Apple Market Festival after having it on my radar since this time last year.

The weather wasn’t great… and it was definitely no NC State Fair… but this quirky little fruit festival was still just what this Carolina girl’s fall dreams are made of - Here’s why!

About Kivik

Kivik (pronounced “shivik”…shiv like the weapon + ick like gross…Swedish is weird) is a cute little seaside fishing village located in the heart of Österlen… Emphasis on the little. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it!

This apple producing region is known for its famous Äppelmarnkanden (Apple Market) which takes place each year in late September. Since 1987, the whole town has come together at this festival in celebration of the end of the harvest season.

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What to do at the Äppelmarnkanden

Well, in short, all apple everything…

The most noteworthy thing at the market is the apple art displays, particularly the massive “apple board” by artist Emma Carp Lundström. This giant mural is supposedly the largest in Sweden… and likely the biggest display of apples that I’ll ever see again.

Though the displays were really cool and impressive, I couldn’t help but to also find them to be justttt a bit wasteful (and would be curious to know what happens to these apples once the market is over).

There was live entertainment from local high school students, the Österlen Folk Dance Society, and other musical performances. There were also over 100 stands around the festival grounds where local artisans were selling jewelry, clothes, gifts, and other apple related items.

My personal favorite part of the festival was (unsurprisingly) the food. There were lots of unique apple dishes, and even local apple products you could purchase to take home with you.

We didn’t buy any apple things to bring home, but we did get a delicious honey made from Raps, the plant responsible for the beautiful yellow fields that cover Skåne from late spring to early summer. I knew raps made for some pretty fields (and lots of sneezing after frolicking through them)… but I had no idea a HONEY made from the plant could be so dang good.

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We also tried a dark chocolate covered apple (delicious), sausages with apple chili (surprisingly tasty), and, for 90sek per person, had a cheeky little midday cider tasting. It was also around this time that it started to POUR down rain… so “heading for cover” was a great way to coax Andrew over to the bar.

To be honest, I was surprised by how great of a deal the tasting was. We had the chance to taste a few different boozy apple beverages from around the region, and to learn a bit about them, too.

My favorite hands down was a sparkling apple wine from Bedstekilde.

In 2018, this small company located near Kivik won the Swedish Wine Maker of the Year Award with this dry sparkling wine in a blind taste test among other grape wines… so it was tough one to top in our tasting. My second favorite was a cider by Pomologik, another local craft cider company. It was much, much sweeter than Bedstekilde’s sparking apple wine… but it tasted like fall, so I was a fan. I imagine it would have been even more delicious as a hot cider… with some cinnamon sticks for extra flavor.

Between the two of us, we could have tried six different things during in our tasting… but Bedstekilde’s famous sparkling apple wine was so delicious that we both decided to use our final tickets for another glass… No regrets!

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Kivik Apple Market - What to Do in Fall in Skåne  | HallAroundtheWorld

Miss the festival?

Don’t worry! There’s still time to get in on all the apple action!

This year, from September 28 to October 13, Kivik is hosting an Apple “Aftermarket.”

Learn more: View the Full Aftermarket Program

If you can’t make it to the Aftermarket, head to Kivik’s Musteri for a cider tasting!

There are only three more available dates for tastings in 2019 (Nov 8, Nov 23, and Dec 6), so be sure to get your tickets before they’re gone here!

The two hour tasting costs 675sek per person, and includes small Scania dishes, coffee, and dessert from restaurant Kärnhuset, plus a tour of the grounds, wine house, and cider cellar. This is prettyyyy high on my autumn to do list… soooo, don’t be surprised if you see me there!

…And if you somehow missed ALL of this year’s apple events, you can always head to Systembolaget to get some ciders to try at home instead… which is cheaper… but not as fun.

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What to Do in Malmö this Fall - 10 Unique Events, Activities + Day Trips

If there’s one thing I learned from my first winter in Malmö, it’s that I am not a fan of winter.

AT. ALL.Though I do like mulled wine…

Whether I like it or not (which I very much don’t), it’s about that time again... WINTER. IS. COMING! Right after a crisp, sweet, (and hopefully not so short) fall.

If it’s your first time in Sweden during the fall, take my advice. You HAVE to get outside and enjoy ALL of the outdoor activities (and daylight hours) while you still can. All of them… Seriously! - You’ll thank me in the dead of winter when the sun sets by four and you’re all but hibernating.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of unique things to do in Skåne in the fall, though I unfortunately missed out on a lot of them last year, (hence the lack of photos in this post)! Now that I’m a year older, wiser, and a bit more familiar, I did my research ahead of time and put together this handy dandy little guide to help you (and me) make the most of fall in Malmö this year!

First things first - Get out your calendar

Here are the events happening around town this fall that you won’t want to miss!

 


September 28-29

KIVIK APPLE MARKET FESTIVAL

Nothing says fall more than apple picking… okay, and also pumpkins.

Now, I haven’t heard about any pumpkin festivals happening around town (unless you count Tivoli’s elaborate Halloween get-up… more on that in a sec), but I DO KNOW that you can get your autumn apple fix in Kivik.

Celebrate the fruit harvest by sampling different kinds of apples and ciders from the region, listening to live music, and, of course, snapping photos at the Apple Market Festival’s very IG-worthy apple wall!

Visit their website to book your ticket in advance. Entrance is 120 SEK and free for kids under 15.

When: Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday: 10am - 4pm.

Where: Kivik… literally… that’s the only location I’ve got for ya. Apparently you can’t miss it!

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What to Do in Malmo this Fall - 10 Unique Events, Activities, and Day Trips by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld

Miss the festival? I would say hard luck, but turns out that’s not the case!

This year, you can take advantage of the Kivik Apple “Aftermarket” from September 28 to October 13 (view full program) or stop by Kivik’s Musteri while you’re in the area!

 


October 12

VINOKILO VINTAGE SALE

Give your fall wardrobe an eco-friendly upgrade! Germany’s biggest pop-up event for second hand clothes is coming back to Malmö this fall!

VINOKILO is a social enterprise inspiring more people to shop sustainably, and aims to become Europe’s largest touchpoint for reusing second hand clothing. Their items are hand-picked from clothing waste containers, curated, cleaned, revamped, and then sold at events throughout Germany, the Netherlands, and the Nordics.

At this fall’s event in Malmö, you can expect to find food, wine, good music, and, of course, high-quality vintage clothes and accessories for 500sek per kilogram!

Tickets are 40sek at the door!

Where: Moriska Paviljongen

When: 11am – 6pm


The Danish Giant Pumpkin Championship

Not in the mood for shopping? Get in the Halloween spirit at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen instead.

…I know, I know…technically speaking, this isn’t actually in Skane. As a matter of fact, it isn’t even in Sweden. And THAT, my friends, is one of the beautiful things about living in Malmö. Copenhagen is just a half hour train ride away!

Each fall, this theme park is filled with ghosts, scarecrows, over 20,000 pumpkins, countless Halloween photo-ops, and even hosts a Giant Pumpkin Championship! Will this year’s pumpkin beat last year's record of 589.4 kilograms? Head across the bridge to Denmark and see for yourself on October 12!

Click here to purchase your entrance ticket ahead of time!

Where: Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

When: 11:30am

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October 22-26

Malmö INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL

At the end of October, make your way to Malmö’s Big Square for the International Food Festival.

At this popular bi-yearly food festival, you can try foods from more than fifteen countries around the world, and even take some home with ya. There’s a magical olive stand that I FULLY expect I will be returning to this year… right by the macaroons.

Where: Gustav Adolfs Torg, Malmö

When: Tuesday: 10am - 4pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm




October 26

GREAT SWEDISH BEER FESTIVAL

There’s another festival in town on October 26!

Get your fill of international flavors at the food festival, then head over to the Great Swedish Beer Festival to wash it all down with some local brews.

This is the biggest beer event focused solely on independent craft beer companies in Sweden, so it’s a must for all you craft beer lovers! Regular tickets are 320sek, or go all in for the Beer Lover After party package for 530sek.

View the full list of breweries and purchase your tickets at www.greatswedishbeerfestival.se.

Where: Slagthuset - Malmö, Sweden

When: 11am – 9pm (Yellow Session: 11am – 3/Blue Session: 5pm – 9pm)

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MONSTER’S NIGHT OUT parade

The 26th is a busy day in October, and, according to the folks over at Tivoli, it’ll also be the spookiest day of Autumn. Head back over the bridge to Copenhagen for Monster’s Night Out, a parade of zombies, ghosts and other terrifying (impressively made-up) creatures.

Where: Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

When: 6pm

If you miss the parade and the great pumpkin festival, you can still visit Tivoli to get in the Halloween spirit from October 11 to November 3.

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TAKin’ A WALK WITH AN ALPACA

Maybe it’s just me, but this is prettyyyy high on my to-do list for this fall.

If you’re thinking… “Y tho?” I hear ya.

Well, for one, because alpacas are adorable… and also because WHY NOT!?

Surprisingly, there are a few of places nearby where you can take part in this quirky little alpaca experiences, like the Alpaca and Elk Eco Farm near Hässleholm and Kungshaga Gård in Höllviken.

You can expect some pic updates on this one real soon… Promise…

PICNICin’ AT THE PARK

This is obviously more of a summer activity than anything… buttttt in the name of encouraging you (quite persistently) to enjoy as many sunny, warm-ish days as you can before winter closes in, I had to put it on the fall list, too.

The parks around town are beautiful when the leaves changes colors this time of year, especially Malmö’s Kungsparken and Pildammsparken!

What to Do in Malmö this Fall - 10 Unique Events, Activities + Day Trips
What to Do in Malmö this Fall - 10 Unique Events, Activities + Day Trips
What to Do in Malmö this Fall - 10 Unique Events, Activities + Day Trips
What to Do in Malmö this Fall - 10 Unique Events, Activities + Day Trips

  

SÖDERÅSEN NATIONAL PARK

Covering over sixteen square kilometers, Söderåsen National Park is the largest unbroken area of protected woodland in Northern Europe. It’s only about half an hour away from Malmö, and a great place to go for a breath of fresh air.

You can also enjoy outdoor activities like biking, canoeing, horseback riding, and hiking! For the best fall foliage views, hike up to Kopparhatten - the park’s highest point and most popular viewpoint.

Måkläppen Nature Reserve

For a nature escape by the sea, head south to Falsterbo.

At the Southernmost point of the peninsula, about 30km from Malmö you’ll find Måkläppen. This wildlife sanctuary is Sweden’s oldest nature reserve and an important breeding ground for shorebirds and seals.

It is only open for visitors for 12 weeks every year from November through January. Come in early November (before it gets too cold) to enjoy the beach and see seals in their natural habitat!

…And other unique Getaways

To be honest, I’ve still yet to explore much of Sweden outside of Skåne.

While researching things to do and places to go in the fall, I came across some dope little hideaways… and they look to me like the PERFECT spaces to spend some cozy autumn weekends. I’m talkin’ cozy tents, quirky eco-lodges, and dreamy tree-houses… which I (fingers-crossed) fully plan on experiencing for myself… ASAP!

Stay tuned, and I’ll let ya know how it all went not so ASAP… aka probably this winter when I enter full on hibernation/indoor activities mode!


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Day Trip to the Island of Ven - How to Get There + What to Do

A few months ago, I saw a beautiful photo on Instagram of a little yellow bicycle stood in front of a vast, never-ending wheat field. After clicking on the location, I was surprised to find that the photo was shot on an island… in Sweden!… and that it wasn’t too far away!

I talked about it relentlessly ever since… and last week, we FINALLY took a day trip the island of Ven.

This teeny, tiny little island is located in the Öresund Sound, just a short trip away from Malmö. The whole island of Ven is a nature reserve making it a haven for cyclists, or anyone just wanting a quiet, relaxing escape from the city.

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Getting There

This island escape is easy to get to from Malmö, and if you time it properly, the trip should only take you about an hour and a half. We (naturally) didn’t check all of the transport times in advance, soooo it took us a little bit longer (but still a very reasonable amount of time).

  • Take the train to Landskrona Station

  • Walk straight out of the station to the bus stop, and take bus 3 to Landskrona Skeppsbron.

  • Take the ferry to Ven Bäckviken - This journey takes about half and hour. Tickets cost 90sek each way and can be purchased in advanced online or in person at Ven Trafiken’s office.

    For timetables and prices, visit their website.

Getting Around

Hands down the best way to get around is by bike!

There are hardly any cars on the island, so, whether you’re on the road or bike path, you can cycle safely

The island has two cycling routes - the small island tour and the big island tour. They take about 50 minutes and 90 minutes by bicycle respectively… plus time for stopping to snap photos.

To get to the bike rental shop from the harbor, walk up the hill to your left. When you reach the top, you’ll see rows and rows of yellow bikes on your right… (and probably lots of people).

Don’t let the crowds fool you! I was worried that our plans for a calm, quiet cycle around the island were done for, but once we got going, we didn’t even see too many other people on the bike trail!

For a standard bike, the rental fee is 100sek/day, (and an additional 10sek if you want a basket).

We rented one standard bike and one with a small luggage trailer which made it really easy to carry all of our things throughout the day.

To view all rental options and rates, visit Vens Cykeluthyrning’s website.

Keep in mind that the cycling shop doesn’t rent helmets, so you’ll have to bring your own if you wish to wear one. You can also bring your own bike over on the ferry for an additional fee… but then you’ll miss out on going for a spin on one of these iconic yellow bicycles!

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What to See + Do

To be honest, there isn’t too much to see in Ven… unless you count the vast fields of wheat and wildflowers that cover the island and beautiful sea views.

Okay, I take it back… technically speaking there’s a lot to see!

Unlike in some places, you won’t find yourself racing from one location to another to find a beautiful view… because the whole island is beautiful. It is the perfect place to come and just be (and to cycle)… So that’s what we did.

We arrived at about 3pm, which was a bit later than we’d planned on getting there… but we still had plenty of time to explore the island.

We spent the afternoon day picnic-ing on the beach, alpaca spotting, and romping around the island on our cute yellow bicycles. After returning our bikes, we went for a dip in the sea and sat by the harbor before (reluctantly) returning to Landskrona on the last ferry of the day.

It was the perfect, most leisurely day of not doing much of anything.

The island is home to some other interesting attractions, like an alpaca farm (where you can take the alpacas out for a stroll), a whiskey distillery (which is also a hotel with a delicious farm to table restaurant), and it is the site of the first modern observatory.

If we had more time, I would have loved to check these things out… particularly the whiskey distillery… and alpaca walking (which, according to the website, has to be booked in advance).

If there is one thing you MUST do while on Ven it’s obviously cycling. Other than that, I’d recommend going with no agenda and just enjoying some quiet time in nature.

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Day Trip to the Island of Ven - How to Get There + What to Do | HallAroundtheWorld
Day Trip to the Island of Ven - How to Get There + What to Do | HallAroundtheWorld
Day Trip to the Island of Ven - How to Get There + What to Do | HallAroundtheWorld


Where to Stay

Our ONLY regret about our day trip to Ven is that we didn’t make it an overnight trip to Ven!

Given that the island is only about 7.5 square km (and home to less than 400 inhabitants), there aren’t TOO many options when it comes to accommodation.

There is one hotel, a handful of guest houses, cabins, and a few campsites around the island. Depending on the season, you should consider booking ahead of time if you plan to stay overnight… or bringing your own camping equipment.

In Sweden, you can legally camp anywhere that isn’t private property. The next time we go to Ven, if it’s still warm enough, we’ll be bringing our tent and finding a quiet, secluded spot to sleep on the beach… (and if it isn’t warm enough, I wouldn’t be opposed to checking in at the whiskey distillery).

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We had the best time on our day trip to Ven!

The island is easy to get to, making it the perfect little escape from the city. We left feeling mentally refreshed (and physically exhausted)… which, in my opinion, is a sure sign of a day well spent.

Turns out, the photo I saw on instagram didn’t do this place justice at all… (and the ones in this article definitely don’t either, so you’ll just have to come see for yourself)!

If you’re in Sweden (or Denmark), the breathtaking island of Ven is one place you won’t want to miss!


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