How Pickled Herring Conquered the World – Skål!

Ignite Bend 12 – Bend, Oregon
October 23, 2014

If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 PowerPoint slides and they rotated automatically every 15 seconds?

In October 2014, I was one of twelve speakers at “Ignite Bend 12.” My five minute presentation was on a subject near and dear to my heart: Pickled herring. After all, I am born and raised in Malmo, Sweden and I grew up eating lots of pickled herring.

Here’s a short introduction to the presentation (you can check out the video below):

Eating pickled herring is a national past time in Sweden. Actually, any reason is a good reason to have a pickled herring party – not only for eating pickled fish, but also to drink beer and Swedish vodka.

But the story about how Sweden became a nation of pickled herring eaters is really the tale about how the Vikings ransacked Europe in search for the best produce in order to create a truly classic Swedish meal.