A Very Scandi Tradition - Crayfish Party!
A crayfish party, at which people gather to eat, drink and be merry, is a typically Scandinavian festivity marking the end of summer.
Traditionally taking place in late August or September, this is a chance for Scandinavians to gather to celebrate the crayfish season. With fresh crayfish, paper hats and decorations, some beer and schnapps and plenty of silly drinking songs, a crayfish party is a really traditional festivity that is also plenty of fun!
A proper crayfish party will have LOTS of crayfish, plenty for all of the guests! They are delicious when cooked in dill and served with new potatoes.
Crayfish are nocturnal creatures, and so a trip out on the lake at night is needed to catch them, if you are going for the fully authentic Scandinavian experience!
Freshly caught crayfish, ready for the pot!
Silly hats and ‘smiling moon’ decorations are essential at a Scandinavian crayfish party - it’s all part of the fun!
Traditionally all 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, Västerbotten cheese pie, salads and other dishes are served buffet-style.
Why not invite your friends around this year and host your own crayfish party to round off a fantastic summer?!
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