A Taste of Norway in Squamish

For a country with a population of only 4.7 million, Norway has done extremely well in Winter Olympic competitions. In fact, I met an enthusiastic member of their delegation in Whistler a couple of weeks ago and he claimed that since 1992, Norway has won more Winter Olympic medals than any other nation. I have yet to substantiate that fact, but it is still quite an impressive claim for a country whose population is only a half-million more than our province of British Columbia.

Golden Crust Bakery in Squamish

Golden Crust Bakery in Squamish

So, how exactly do the Norwegian Winter Olympians get to the podium so often? Is it better coaching, better training, more funding, or perhaps something in the water up there? Maybe, but I think it may have something to do with the fact they bring their own personal bakers along to the Winter Games. And for 2010, they are producing their fine baked goods right in here in Squamish!

The bakers are from din baker – Norway’s nation-wide chain of locally based trade bakers. For the 2010 Winter Games, they searched for a baking location in Squamish that would allow them to efficiently distribute their baked goods daily to their athletes in both Vancouver and Whistler. They found just such a facility for their endeavours at Golden Crust Specialties. Patricia and Wade Yendall opened their very popular retail outlet in Squamish Industrial Park just over a year ago, and are now partnering with the Norwegian bakers for 3 weeks in February.

Pat, with Henrick and Armund from din baker (Norway)

Pat, with Henrick and Amund from din baker

I popped in to Golden Crust today to check out what was going on, and to pick up some of the Norwegian baked goods for myself too. Pat introduced me to Amund and Henrick from din baker, and we chatted about their role on the Norwegian team. They quite humbly denied being the secret to their country’s success at the Winter Games. Amund says they will be baking about 120 loaves of bread a day for their team, with the majority going to Whistler. They have had the ingredients shipped over from Norway, so it will be just like at home for the athletes.

For the record, I also asked them about Norway’s chances in men’s hockey against Team Canada in the opening game of the Olympic tournament next week. Again, they were quite humble and realistic in saying that it would take much more than their baked goods for Norway to upset our Canadians. But, they will not concede victory to Canada in any of the other events in which Norwegian athletes will compete.



Before leaving, I picked up a loaf of their hearty multi-grain bread and a tasty treat called Skolebrød. It’s a rather simple but yummy bun filled with custard and topped with icing and grated coconut. I think I will be back to sample more of their baked goods over the next 3 weeks. If you’re thinking of trying some of the Norwegian goodies, Golden Crust will be open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm every day right up to Feb. 27. According to Pat, the best time to get their bread and sweet buns are after 1:00 p.m. as most of it isn’t ready before that due to their schedule. I’ll see you there 🙂

Some more pictures below.

din baker - Norwegian Olympic Team Bakers

din baker - Norwegian Olympic Team Bakers

Henrick and Armund from din baker (Norway)

Henrick and Amund from din baker (Norway)

Henrick from din baker (Norway)

Henrick from din baker (Norway)

Armund from din baker (Norway)

Amund from din baker (Norway)

  1. #1 by jim on February 12, 2010 - 6:30 am

    Enzo…our mutual friend Greg gave me the link to your blog. I’ve been enjoying the updates. Thanks for giving everyone some insight into what is going on at the games. Keep up the good work. Writing this from Boston..


  2. #2 by Din Baker, Amund on February 14, 2010 - 8:22 pm

    Thank you, for saying such nice words about us. We’ll do our best for making you the best breads and other bakery-products while we are here 🙂

  3. #3 by enzo on February 15, 2010 - 8:18 am

    Jim…thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your kind words. I’m sure Greg would love to be providing updates, but it would be difficult for him to fit in with his 100+ hour work weeks now!

  4. #4 by enzo on February 15, 2010 - 8:21 am

    Amund, thanks for taking the time to write your note, as I’m sure you and Henrick are busy working long days while you’re here. I stopped by Norway House yesterday, and they are very hospitable there too with the wonderful waffles they are serving.

    BTW, apologies for my incorrect spelling of your names. I have now fised that up.

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