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My next big project – (it’s huge)

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I want to be brief. It’s not because I am writing this post during Norway’s national day (Norwegian Constitution Day), because I’ve been celebrating all day, and I feel that it’s time to relax. The 17. May is one huge celebration in Norway, we get up early, and we’re outside all day, no matter what type of weather it is, and we’re waving our flags, singing songs and smiling.

The reason I want to be brief, is because I want to tell you about my next big project, and I want to go straight to the point. I am really passionate about this, and you’ll get a lot of information about it during the next weeks and during the next months. But today, I’ll just provide you with a few words about what I’m up to, and the reason why I have been having problems answering emailsΒ (hint: I’ve found the solution).

The project

I am starting a vegetarian festival in an old fortress (Fredriksten fortress in Halden, the town I live in). The festival will be on 24. August, this year. It will be a food festival, and this is how the fortress looks from the harbor:

fredriksten fortress

You might already know that I am a vegetarian, because I have written about it before, but I haven’t told you that, starting a festival like this has been a dream of mine. I want people to understand what vegetarianism is all about, but more importantly, I want people to get inspired by vegetarian food.

The vegetarian festival (the site is currently in Norwegian).

That’s it. Β That’s what’s currently happening in my life, and like I said, this is a huge deal for me. And, just thinking about it, makes me smile. If you’ve ever thought about visiting Norway, 24. August is a good time for a visit.



27 responses to “My next big project – (it’s huge)”

  1. Caimin says:

    Sounds like fun. Good luck with the festival.
    I don’t think I’ll be able to make it – can you send me a doggy bag?

  2. Carolyn says:

    Congratulations, Jens! That sounds like a wonderful endeavor for you and your town. I bet it will be a smashing success. I can’t wait to hear all about it.

    Will there be pizza?

  3. Rogier Noort says:

    That is a fun festival. And in an old fort too…
    Good luck and good fun!

    And of course.., there has to be pizza!

  4. Tim Bonner says:

    Hey Jens

    It sounds like you’re going to be very busy and what a great thing to be busy doing. I like the sound of pizza very much!

    My wife’s a vegetarian too. Halden’s maybe a bit far to travel with my two young kids at the moment. I’m sure it will be brilliant though Jens.

  5. Mark says:

    This is great, Jens – man, you’ll be right smack dab in the middle of your own hometown, and now you can have an even greater presence and influence in the community through your work.

    You’re a leader, Jens – lead!

    • I’m doing my best Mark, and your support is one of the reasons why I keep hustling and working with what I’m really passionate about. Thank you for your constant support Mark!

      Norway is not that far away from Costa Rica, so you better show up πŸ™‚

  6. Lisa says:

    Jens, that is awesome. I love old fortresses, we have some in Newport, RI. That will surely be a big endeavor. Will you be cooking a lot too or recruiting chefs?

  7. Bert Carson says:

    I’ve been a vegetarian for half of my 70 years and I’ve never attended a vegetarian festival – it sounds like a marvelous event, and though I can’t imagine fitting it into our August schedule, stranger things have happened.
    Whether I’m there physically, or not , you can be sure I’ll be with you in spirit.

    • You are? That’s awesome Bert. You’re fairly far away from Halden, but hopefully you’ll end up here on the 24. August πŸ™‚ I bet you’ll get some interesting stuff for your new books if you come πŸ™‚

  8. Dawn Abraham says:

    Good for you Jens for having a dream and taking that leap of faith to make it happen. Anything that makes you feel that good you have to do. I’m sure many blog posts will be inspired from your new endeavor. I look forward to hearing more about it and watching you go through the process.

    I wish for you all the happiness and success the universe has to offer.

  9. Ruth Zive says:

    Hi Jens, congratulations on the new developments! Can’t wait to hear more. Needless to say, I love the idea of a vegetarian festival. They do one here in Toronto (today is a holiday for us, by the way – Victoria Day), but I’ve never been. Let me know which dishes/items are the most popular – maybe you should post recipes!

  10. Josh says:

    Hi Jens,

    Sounds great. I wish you much success with it.

  11. Kelly says:

    I so much envy you, hopefully, I will be like you someday and travel the world. Blog and reach through others with my site. Thank you!

  12. Veronica says:

    Yeah, I’m starting to become a strict vegan too. I’m working on the temptation and I would love to be a part of this project of yours if only possible right now. But hey, I can just check about it on your future blogs, right? Good luck on the festival! πŸ™‚

  13. Susan Napier-Sewell says:

    Great luck on the vegetarian festival, and you’ve inspired me (even more than I was) to visit Norway.

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