April 8th Erpsstaðir Creamery in Dalir, Iceland, celebrated the opening of a exhibition on traditional Icelandic skyr and became official member of the Économusée network. Erpsstaðir is a dairy farm which opened a creamery in 2009 and has since been developing its business as a tourist destination. In the beginning ice cream was sold with great popularity soon then the question came: what to do with the skim milk? It was a natural decision to start to produce and sell skyr made in a traditional way. Skyr is made of skim milk and has been part of the Icelandic diet since the country was settled in 9th century. Slow food Presidium has been established for Traditional Icelandic Skyr and is Erpsstaðir Creamery one of its members.
Soon after starting its skyr production Erpsstaðir Creamery has experienced a great demand for education, both production and history. Over the past four years, around 15,000 visitors a year, journalists and several TV shows have come from around the world to learn about the traditional Icelandic skyr.
Setting up a skyr exhibition creates an opportunity to convey the uniqueness of traditional skyr as well as the Icelandic cow breed, milk and dairy products, farmers and the conditions in which the animals live. Guests are welcomed throughout the year, invited to taste and buy skyr. At predetermined times are short courses on skyr production, including producing skyr and more detailed information on the history of skyr.