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How pickled herring conquered the world – Skål!

Tor Hanson



Born and raised in Malmo, Sweden, I grew up eating lots of pickled herring. I moved to Los Angeles in 1986 and Bend in 1991. I was a freelance writer for American and Swedish magazines from 1986 to 2002. Nowadays I am a content writer and graphic designer with the local cable TV company. I’m also a member of the “Saturday Research Club” at the Des Chutes Historical Society, where I’m researching the history of Bend’s mill neighborhoods for a book project.

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. Skål!



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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