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Kräftskiva - traditional Swedish Crayfish party!

Hosted by the Consul of the Cologne Northern European Culture Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Wed 29 Aug 18:30 - 21:00

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Have you heard of Swedish Crayfish Party - "Kräftskiva"? Here in Germany they call it "Krebsfest". It is the 2nd most important summer celebration in Sweden. Let's check it out in our local Swedish Embassy - IKEA :D I have never attended an event in IKEA, but would be fun to try it out with you! ;) They promise to serve us Crayfish and other Swedish delicacies, live music and lots of fun!

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A crayfish party is a traditional summertime eating and drinking celebration in the Nordic countries. The tradition originated in Sweden, where a crayfish party is called a kräftskiva. The tradition has also spread to Finland via its Swedish-speaking population. A similar tradition exists in the Baltic countries in particular in Lithuania and Latvia.
Crayfish parties are generally held during August, a tradition that began because the crayfish harvest in Sweden was, for most of the 20th century, legally limited to the late summer. Nowadays, the kräftpremiär date in early August has no legal significance. Dining traditionally takes place outdoors, but in practice the party often takes refuge indoors due to the bad weather or aggressive mosquitoes. Customary party accessories are novelty paper hats, paper tablecloths, paper lanterns (often depicting the Man in the Moon), and bibs. A rowdy atmosphere prevails amid noisy eating and traditional drinking songs (snapsvisa). Alcohol consumption is often high, especially when compared to the amount of food actually consumed. It is considered customary to suck the juice out of the crayfish before shelling it.
Akvavit and other kinds of snaps are served, as well as beer. The crayfish are boiled in salt water and seasoned with fresh dill – preferably "crown dill" harvested after the plant has flowered – then served cold and eaten with the fingers. Bread, mushroom pies, surströmming, strong Västerbotten cheese, salads and other dishes are served buffet-style.

You can buy the tickets at IKEA

Looking forward to celebrate with you!