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Åre 2019 Championships kitchen to serve everyone from royalty to the slope crew


There will be many hungry slippers and others working on the slopes during Åre 2019, who will need to be well-fed to keep going during the long days on the hill. The Swedish National team’s gym in the Arena will be converted into a full-scale restaurant kitchen. A team of more than 100 staff will be cooking meals for everyone, from the royal guests to sponsors, parking guards and the media, a total of 54 000 meals in three weeks.

The Swedish Alpine Team’s fitness training and testing center in the National Arena will see a full make-over in January 2019. It will become a full-scale restaurant kitchen for a team of 100 hospitality professionals to work in. Led by kitchen chef Neil Ponsonby they will prepare thousands of meals to keep all those working on the slopes going and to provide culinary highlights to the 1000 daily VIP guests visiting the Championships. The detailed planning of everything from the various menus to transport of the supplies to the Arena kitchen and staff shifts is currently underway.

- The challenge is that we have to prepare a lot of meals during a short period of time and we at the same time have to meet the expectations of our high-level guests for fine-dining experiences featuring the best of Jämtland, said Neil Ponsonby. A native of Tasmania, he has significant experience in managing large scale kitchens. Together with Åre 2019 Food & Beverage Manager Bengt Mårtensson, who has held similar roles at large events such as the Eurovision at Malmö Arena and the Friends Arena, Neil is leading the kitchen long before it has even been built.

Åre 2019 has set high goals for its work on sustainability and is in the process of being ISO 20121 certified according to the standard for sustainable event management. As part of that process, food and beverage were identified as one of the major impact areas where Åre 2019 can reduce its carbon footprint through sustainable practices. This requires detailed planning of the purchasing process to reduce food waste to a minimum. Local produce and ingredients will be used to the extent possible to reduce transport distances. There will be a vegetarian alternative on offer at each meal. The meals will be planned to reuse left-overs the following day and orders for supplies and produce can be adjusted daily. Construction and management of the Championships’ own kitchen allows quality control and measurement across the entire production chain. The kitchen will be operated on electricity produced fossil-fuel free, just as the entire Arena is.

Besides the meals prepared in the Åre 2019 Championships kitchen, there will be food and beverages available to the expected 120 000 visitors during the two-weeks of the Championships. A Public Food Court and a number of food trucks in and around the Arena will be serving warm meals, snacks and drinks. Åre’s myriad restaurants will naturally also be open and serving Championships visitors during the event.

Åre 2019 Food & Beverage Facts and Figures

54 000 meals during three weeks

12 000 VIP meals

2 800 hungry volunteers and media representatives

100 chefs and kitchen staff

100 km to the closest wholesaler

1 kitchen





Åre 2019 english
Åre 2019 english
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Scheduled from 4-17 February 2019, Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will mark the third time that the second largest winter sport event after the Olympic Winter Games is held in Åre, Sweden. After the 1954 and 2007 editions, Åre 2019 will welcome the world’s top skiers and some 120’000 visitors to an epic celebration of skiing, snow and winter. The 11 medal competitions staged in the unique atmosphere of the leading Scandinavian ski resort will excite millions of global viewers and inspire great numbers to join the sport in active practice.  

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Åre 2019 is the first FIS Alpine World Ski Championships ever to be certified against the ISO 20121 standard for sustainable events. The certification is one of the key elements of the sustainability program and the certification process also included an event audit to ensure that the implementation follows the plans. – In general, this is a very well executed event, with great engagement from the leadership and organization, said Sophia Engström, auditor at Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE).

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