2005 Nobel Banquet
|Venue||Blue Hall, Stockholm City Hall|
The Nobel Banquet (Swedish: Nobelfesten) is an annual banquet held on 10 December in the Blue Hall of Stockholm City Hall, after the Nobel Prize ceremony. At the banquet, for which a formal dress code exists, a multi-course dinner is served and entertainment provided. After the dinner, a dance is held in the Golden Hall. The event is broadcast live on SVT and Sveriges Radio, and abroad with generally high ratings.
The first banquet, for 113 male guests, was held in 1901 and until 1923 it was known as the Nobel Dinner (Swedish: Nobelmiddagen). Until 1930 the banquet was held in Vinterträdgården at Stockholm's Grand Hôtel Royal, and it has also been held in the Golden Hall of the Swedish Academy (Svenska Akademien).
During the dinner (usually four hours long) each Nobel Prize recipient makes a speech, often lighthearted in character. There are two ceremonial toasts: the Loyal toast to the Swedish monarch and the other, made by the monarch, in memory of Alfred Nobel. The speeches and toasts are presented by the banquet's toastmaster, traditionally a Swedish student who holds the job for four years.
Service during the banquet is provided by waiting staff, chefs, and others who are trained for several weeks. Since the 1970s, flowers for the banquet have been provided by the Italian city of Sanremo (where Nobel lived during his final years). They are grown in the province of Imperia in the Liguria region of Italy.
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